The Jakarta Post
The administration of Banyumas regency, Central Java, has recommended that tempe mendoan (battered thinly sliced tempeh), a Banyumas specialty, be recognized as an item of intangible cultural heritage by the Education and Culture Ministry.
Banyumas Youth, Sports, Culture and Tourism Agency head Mispan said that tempe mendoan had existed in Banyumas since the 1870s.
“This food was the comfort food of the royals in the past,” Mispan said in Purwokerto, Banyumas, on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.
He said that Pliken village in Kembaran district was the center of tempe mendoan production, with at least 720 mendoan makers with a total production capacity of up to 12 tons per day.
“They market their goods to Banyumas, Purbalingga, Cilacap and Banjarnegara,” Mispan said. “Mendoan sellers in Sawangan [Purwokerto] were even summoned to the State Palace to serve mendoan there during Pak SBY’s [president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono] term,” Mispan said.
Mispan said the recommendation would be submitted to the Central Java Provincial Education and Culture Agency, which would then forward the recommendation to the Education and Culture Ministry. The ministry is set to issue its final decision in August.
“Previously, fried getuk [cassava cake] was also named as being an item of intangible cultural heritage, we received the certificate in 2018,” Mispan said. (gis)