10 Typical West Java Foods You Must Try!
West Java is a province in Indonesia that has cultural diversity in various aspects including culinary. This makes many tourist visitors addicted and want to return to areas in West Java. We can see the difference between West Java’s culinary specialties with other regions. Such as from the raw materials and the taste that uses raw vegetables, dominant fish, also spicy and sour taste. This time, Flokq has recommendations for West Java foods that you shouldn’t miss and you should try!
Batagor is an abbreviation of meatball, tofu, and fried served with peanut sauce made of peanuts, chili, and garlic. This West Java food is among the most popular, especially in Bandung. The taste is very delicious and the price is cheap to make people really like this delicious culinary. Batagor is made from tapioca flour which is fried in a round shape, similar to meatballs. But usually, there is additional tofu in one portion which is cut like dice. If you want to take it home as a souvenir, you can still enjoy it by buying frozen batagor which you can later fry yourself at home.
2. Rujak Cuka
Rujak, one of the healthy Indonesian foods because it is filled with fruits. Even so, this one is a West Java food. Processed vegetable to fruit salad with various flavors such as sour, spicy, and sweet mixed together in a serving of Rujak Vinegar. The tamarind sauce which is more liquid than rujak is generally made from finely ground spices with red chili, red curly chili, shrimp paste, salt, and dried ebi.
Another popular West Java food is peuyeum. The texture is almost similar to the tape that you can find in other areas, the difference is that peuyeum is runnier and a bit runny. Peuyeum is nicknamed the snack of a million people because so many people like it, because the price is cheap, delicious, and durable. You can get them easily because usually many people sell them as souvenirs from Bandung. Besides being made from cassava, there is also peuyeum made from fermented glutinous rice like most peuyeum that we usually encounter.
A typical West Java food is made from processed rice flour dough cooked on a stove in the morning. Because it is cooked with a stove, it gives a distinctive taste and makes this cake different from other culinary specialties.
Ongol-ongol is categorized as a West Java food because of its unique shape and name. This cake is in the form of a cube wrapped in grated coconut with a chewy, sweet, savory, and brown texture. It is said that this cake has been around since the 1200s. This cake made from cassava flour and hunkue is a must-try if you are visiting the northern part of West Java, such as Indramayu and Cirebon.
6. Gepuk Daging
Gepuk beef, a typical West Java food that is quite popular and you must taste it when visiting this area. True to its unique name, gepuk is made from thin slices of beef that are beaten or pounded until they are flat. Then it is cooked with spices with a sweet taste. After the meat is seasoned, the meat is diungkep until the spices seep into every fiber of the meat. The cooked meat has a soft texture that makes it easier for people who are eating it. After getting a soft textured meat, the empal will be fried until dry, or you can eat it directly without having to fry it again.
Next, the unique and addictive West Java food once you eat it is Jojorong. Jojorong cake is made from starch, rice flour, filled with liquid brown sugar. At first glance this snack is similar to pudding, the difference is that this jojorong cake is softer with the addition of coconut milk on top. This cake contained in tiny banana leaves is quite popular in the Rangkasbitung area, Banten. The wet and sticky texture makes this cake not last long, so you can’t keep it too long.
8. Mi Kocok
You can easily find it in the Badung area, West Java. This noodle is a typical Sundanese culinary which is quite unique because of its processing. Made from yellow noodles, bean sprouts, and meatballs doused with beef broth. Usually, noodle shakes are eaten with the addition of celery leaves, spring onions, and fried onions. As the name implies, in the process of cooking these noodles must be shaken in a special container dipped in hot water. The noodles used are yellow noodles with a flat size and soft texture. You can add sweet soy sauce and chili sauce to the broth to make it taste more delicious when eating it.
Cuanki is indeed similar to Malang meatballs or bakwan Kawi. One portion consists of aci, dumplings, meatballs, boiled dumplings, fried dumplings, and fried meatballs. Then everything is mixed in one bowl which is served together with a fairly fresh hot broth.
A typical West Java food made from starch which is fried and then served with sauce. Cireng is very popular with many people because of its savory, chewy, and delicious taste. It is very easy to find along the tourist route in the city of Bandung. Because it is durable, you can make cireng as an option if you want to bring souvenirs. Not only that, now there are several variations, such as the original, or cireng snow and cireng crackers combined with spices or rujak sauce. Usually, this cireng are sold at various prices, ranging from Rp. 7 thousand to Rp. 21 thousand per package.
Thus the list of typical West Java foods, what kind of food will you be looking for first? have you made your choice?
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