Indonesian Snack Food Staple—Crispy, Crunchy & Savory
Indonesia has thousands of islands. Local snack outlets, found almost everywhere, are just as numerous. From the food stall on the side of the road, the little neighborhood markets, or the random local motorbike vendor riding along with a rack-full of tasty treats, snack food is abundant and easy to find.
Whether your travelers have a sweet tooth or prefer something savorier, there is something for everyone to enjoy. One snack food staple throughout the country is krupuk. At first glance, the crunchy treat looks like an oversized potato chip often the size of one’s hand. It usually consists of a mixture of starch and seafood, but also can contain rice, fruit, nuts or vegetables. The raw krupuk must first be sundried before deep-frying to reach optimal crunchiness. The most popular flavor is shrimp. These crispy shrimp crackers are so popular that many traditional Indonesian dishes such as nasi goreng, soto, or gado gado are usually garnished with krupuk crisps.
Not far from Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, lays a typical little Javanese village called Candirejo. The residents of this village are supported by a local organization and started a sustainable tourism project that introduces travelers to Javanese village life. One of the important assets of the local economy of Candirejo is producing krupuk. The friendly locals are happy to show guests around their quaint town and let them have a first hand look at their daily life. Here, travelers can go see the process of making krupuk first hand and even give it a try their selves.
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