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Jakarta Post

Sweet treats from the past

Jakarta   /   Sun, August 7 2011   /  08:00 am

The making of dodol, a glutinus rice cake. Jakarta’s traditional sweet delicacies offer more than just a unique taste to satisfy a sweet tooth, but they also take us on a historical journey.Even in a rapidly evolving city like Jakarta, sweet delicacies survive through time, as a trip down the streets often brings pleasant surprises.

A new culinary tour called “Sweet memories from the past”, organized by Alchemy Creative Communications in
Jakarta, rekindled fond memories of Jakarta’s most popular sweet treats.

At a time when most Jakartans prefer modern franchise bakeries in shopping malls, the tour visited one of Jakarta’s oldest bakeries, Tan Ek Tjoan.

Originally opened in Bogor in 1921, the bakery expanded to Jakarta in 1953 and is the longest-running bakery in Greater Jakarta.

On that particular day, there was no queue in the two-story Cikini...