Peranakan culinary at the Glodok market culinary festival

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Sate Padang Petak IX is a legendary cuisine as it has been served since 1975. (photo: IO/Dessy)

IO, Jakarta – One of the oldest Chinese areas or so called Chinatown in Jakarta is Glodok Market. This area is famous for its legendary variety of cuisines. Now, for those who want to hunt legendary culinary, it can be easily found at the Glodok Market Culinary Festival at Ciputra Mall, Jakarta. The festival, which will be held from 25 January to 10 February 2019 at the Center Court on the Lower Ground floor, presents 26 legendary culinary delights in Glodok.

Culinary variety starts from the legendary Tak Kie Ice Coffee. There are also Mix Tak Kie Rice, Shanghai Encim Rujak, Kuotie Shantung Ling, Pempek Eirin 10 Ulu, Sate Padang Petak Nine, Sekba Team 999, Ketupat Cap Go Meh Gloria, Swike Lumpia, Kangkung Noodle, and many others.

The presence of the Market Culinary Festival Glodok is part of the Chinese New Year celebration. The theme raised by Ciputra Mall was ‘Lucky New Year Lucky You.’ Ferry Iriyanto, General Manager of Mal Ciputra Jakarta, emphasized that this festival is not merely a Chinese celebration. “We want to invite visitors to experience different sensations and experiences by presenting the Glodok Market Culinary Festival with Chinese-style shades of Chinese decorations and entertainment,” he explained.

Well, while tasting the culinary delights of Glodok Market, you can also see the Crazy Rich Piggy Show, which is an attractive dance interactive of seven cute and adorable pig characters. There are also iron statues and potehi puppets. For this potehi puppet, the Subur puppeteer is present who presents the story of Cu Pat Kay, aka the stealth pig.

A little story about Glodok Market, this is an area that has a long history since the Dutch colonial era. The name Glodok itself has several versions. Some say the name was inspired by the sound of a shower in the area in ancient times. It reads, “Glojok, glojok,”. As a result, it is called Glodok. But there is also a prisoner incarcerated in the dungeon of the colonial era who were often tortured by being boiled. From wherever the name came from, Glodok has always been known as a Chinatown with a distinctive culinary style.

But like Chinese food, the majority of culinary here tends to be halal. But for the audience, this culinary festival is a paradise in itself.

Well, if you visit the Glodok Market Culinary Festival, here are some of the available culinary delights that you deserve.

  1. Shanghai Encim Cooking
    Culinarywith recipes that have been handed down three generations is a must try when you stop by the Glodok Market Culinary Festival. Budiman, the grandson of the first generation who is now managing the business, admitted that he still maintained the authenticity of the recipe. The Shanghai Encim Rujak menu consists of boiled jellyfish, kangkung vegetables, cucumber, then given a red concoction that is slightly thick and textured, and sprinkled with beans.

“If given Orange, so it won’t be too fishy either. I’ve helped my mother from a young age, when I was a popo I also helped. Popo started in 1950. It wasn’t in front of Shanghai cinema, that’s the name of our food,” said Budiman , who is also familiarly called Encim, at a press conference which took place on Friday (1/25).

According to Budiman, the customers who came to where they opened a culinary business in the Pancoran area, Glodok, were many loyal visitors. They reduce the fondness for eating rujak to children and grandchildren.

  1. Lek Tau Suan
    This food is suitable as a dessert. This typical Pontianak culinary is made from cakwe and peeled green beans. It tastes sweet and has a slightly thick sauce.
    Nico Rian Lesmana, the owner of the Pho Pho Kaloci shop, explains that the process of cooking green beans uses pandan leaves to produce a delicious fragrant aroma. “Green beans don’t break, so when they are eaten they are not destroyed. For the cakwe, it depends on the maker, sometimes there is a dry texture, if I make it with a soft texture so that it can absorb the thick sauce when eating,” Nico explained follow the recipes of his family. According to Nico, Lek Tau San is usually served for breakfast, or the night before going to bed.
  1. Kuo Tie Shantung Ling
    This snack is made from wheat flour and chicken or shrimp meat that has been mixed with herbs such as Garlic, onion, and onions. Kuo Tie is snacked with chocolate sauce, and becomes a friend to drink tea to relax. One serving contains five Kuo Tie at a price of Rp. 25 thousand.
  1. Es Tak Kie
    Coffee This legendary ice coffee is also present at the Glodok Market Culinary Festival. Established since 1927, the coffee is popular with state officials. The coffee dish is actually simple, namely black coffee and milk coffee, each of which can be served without or with ice.

(Dessy Aipipidely)