Food stalls offer special Ramadhan snacks - Tourism Indonesia


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Food stalls offer special Ramadhan snacks

Lovers, friends, families and lone wanderers all flocked Sunday afternoon to Bendungan Hilir traditional market, Central Jakarta, where more than 83 stalls are participating in the month-long food fair that takes place every Ramadhan.

People bumped into each other in the small spaces between the rows of temporary stalls, while others had to walk alongside moving vehicles on edge of the street.

Some were in the search of, or just browsing for, snacks and drinks to break their fast, while others were hunting for a new taste sensation.

At the stalls you will find fruit cocktails, juices and traditional drinks like cendol -- green glutinous rice flour pieces mixed with palm sugar syrup and coconut milk.

An array of main courses and traditional cakes are also available, like serabi -- a thick green or white pancake covered with coconut milk and brown sugar sauce -- and bubur sumsum -- a dish made from rice flour, coconut milk, pandanus leaves and a sweet sauce.

The food fair seems to offer similar economic opportunities for both old and new traders.

One seller, Yuni, who usually sells dishes in Ekonid -- the German chamber of commerce and industry in Indonesia, located in Central Jakarta -- said she was blessed to have the opportunity to sell fruit cocktails during the food fair.

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