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Authentic Betawi cuisine hard to find

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 20 2019   /  12:35 am
Preserving tradition: A vendor of dodol, a fudge-like confection made from glutinous rice, palm sugar and coconut milk, shows people how to make the traditional Betawi delicacy during Car Free Day near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on March 15. Dodol is a magnet for locals enjoying the weekly event.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Preserving tradition: A vendor of dodol, a fudge-like confection made from glutinous rice, palm sugar and coconut milk, shows people how to make the traditional Betawi delicacy during Car Free Day near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on March 15. Dodol is a magnet for locals enjoying the weekly event.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)Finding authentic Betawi food should not be an issue due to how popular it is, yet such is not the case. It is widely assumed that the Betawi people — an ethnic group native to Jakarta — and their culture and authentic cuisine can be easily found in Condet, East Jakarta, but after The Jakarta Post recently explored the area, it found few Betawi influences and many fast food joints.There, one store — the only of its kind — has a sign that reads Betawi asli (authentic Betawi). The store, Dodol Betawi Ibu HJ Mamas, is one of the few shops in Cond...