The result of a mixture of cultures, this is an interesting history of 5 Indonesian traditional cakes

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1NEWS, Having been present with the community for several generations, the taste of traditional cakes still has many fans.

As is known, Indonesia has a lot of diversity, including about snacks. You must be familiar with traditional cakes that can be found in the market. But do you know that the history of the cakes that you often eat turns out to have an interesting story?

The following is the history behind some of Indonesia’s traditional cakes, as compiled by 1NEWS from several sources.

1. Onde-onde

This cake is one of the favorites of the Indonesian people. Onde-onde has a crunchy outside texture and a soft inside with green bean filling. Did you know that this snack has a close history of acculturating Chinese culture?

From the story, this food came from China during the Tang dynasty. In Indonesia, this cake has been known since the Majapahit era in 1045-256 BC. Mojokerto as the location of the center of the Majapahit Kingdom also received the nickname as the City of Onde-Onde, and made the cake as a typical souvenir of the area.

2. Putu cake

The hallmark of this traditional cake is the whistling cart produced from the putu cake steamer. Not different from onde-onde, putu cake is also the result of a mixture of Chinese culture.

Putu cake was invented during the Ming dynasty. In its home country, this cake is called xian roe xiao long which means steamed cake filled with green beans in a bamboo mold. However, in Indonesia this cake is modified, namely with brown sugar filling which is easier to find in Indonesia and adapts to local tastes.

3. Mud cake

Named as mud cake because this snack has a soft and slippery texture like mud. Made from coconut milk, wheat flour, water, margarine and sugar, this cake has a slightly sweet taste.

The interesting history of kue lumpur is that this traditional cake was introduced by the Portuguese when they colonized Indonesia. Although many have undergone modifications to suit ingredients that are easily found in Indonesia, basically this cake is inspired by a cake from Portugal, namely Pasteis de nata originally made of custard a mixture of milk and egg yolk.

4. Pancakes

Serabi can also be called pancakes local style with a traditional sweet taste mixed with savory because it is made from rice flour and coconut milk. Among the areas famous for pancakes are Solo and Bandung.

Serabi today has also undergone various modifications. From what used to be a sweet snack, now serabi can also be enjoyed with a salty taste, with toppings sausage or mayonnaise.

It is said that this pancake is the result of the influence of Indian traders when they came to Indonesia, because the shape and taste are almost similar to cakes appam typical Indian.

5. Bika Ambon

When they hear the name, maybe some people think that this cake comes from Ambon, Maluku. But actually Bika Ambon is a typical cake from Medan, North Sumatra. The sweet taste and soft texture make this cake often a favorite snack of the community.

It is said that this Ambon Bika cake came from an Ambonese citizen who migrated to Malaysia with Bika cake, but he no longer returned to Ambon but settled in Medan. .

So that’s the interesting history of some traditional Indonesian cakes. What is your favorite cake?[]


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