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Plate of memories: Food festival brings piece of home to Minang people in Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 10, 2020   /  08:17 am
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A seller serves a plate of 'nasi Kapau' at the Food Fest Minangkabau in Thamrin City shopping center in Central Jakarta on Saturday. (JP/Galih Gumelar)

Having been living in Greater Jakarta area for the past three decades, Hanim has always had a yearning for a little bit of her hometown of Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. The 55-year-old resident of Ciledug, Tangerang, Banten, says that even though places selling traditional Minang dishes are plentiful in the capital and satellite cities, nothing can really beat the authenticity of the aroma of the food from her parents’ and neighbors’ houses back home. She found some such home cooking on Saturday in a plate of katupek gulai paku (Minang-style fern leaves boiled with coconut milk and served with rice cake). To enhance her dining experience, she added kerupuk merah (red tapioca crackers) to the dish. “After living for many years in the capital, eating Minang cuisine has always been my remedy to cure my longing for Bukittinggi,” Hanim told The Jakarta Post on Satur...