Indonesia is a culinary heaven for foodies. Each city or region has its signature dish – whether it is the main course or the desserts. The desserts also come in various forms, such as ice or sweet snacks. The great thing about Indonesian desserts is that you can find them at various food vendors. No need to go to a fancy restaurant just to enjoy the sweet, tasty, and refreshing treats. So, what are the variants of desserts you can try?
Different areas have different names for this sweet snack. In some areas, it is called gemblong. In others, though, it is called getas. They are the same. The snack is made from white sticky rice and it is formed into a rounded shape that is smaller than your palm. The dough itself is savoury. Then, it is covered in melted brown sugar (the sugar is heated and then the dough is mixed together). When it is cool, brown sugar would become hard. And you will get yourself a unique combination of a perfect savoury and also a sweet treat.
The second of Indonesian desserts is nagasari. If you like banana, this is a snack that you should try. It is not overly sweet because it has a nice and balanced savoury taste. The dough is soft, made from rice flour. And when it is combined with the natural sweetness from the banana, everything is perfect. And then every piece is wrapped with banana leaf with its natural smell. Not only the snack is tasty, but it also smells nice.
Martabak Manis (Sweet Martabak)
Also known as Terang Bulan, this snack has a lot of names. In some areas, people call it Martabak Manis. In other areas, it is known as Terang Bulan. Don’t mistake it with only Martabak, because Martabak refers to the savoury pancake-like food with meat filling. Sweet Martabak usually has a chocolate filling. It can also be filled with chocolate and cheese, chocolate and peanuts, or even chocolate peanut and cheese.
Es cendol is one of the ice desserts you must try if you are travelling to Indonesia. It goes by many names, depending on the regions. In West Java, people call it es cendol. In Central and East Java, it is called es dawet. Despite the different names, they share the same thing. The ice is cool and sweet. Cendol is the green thing you see – made from rice flour. No need to worry, the green colour comes from pandan, an indigenous Indonesian plant. You put the cendol in a bowl or a glass, add some ice, sugar, brown sugar, and coconut milk. There, your cendol is ready.
This is a dessert that originates from West Java, but it is spreading to other regions. Of course, it is easier to find myriads of es doger sellers if you are travelling to West Java, but it doesn’t mean that it is impossible to find the ice elsewhere. The ice itself is pretty unique, consisting of fresh fruits, some (small pieces of) bread, ice, and syrup. There are other variants in different regions. In some areas, the ice has condensed milk addition. It depends on each region’s preference.
Es Buah (Fruit Soup)
In some areas, it is called Sop Buah. Mind you that the term soup here is completely different from the general terms of soup, such as cream soup or chicken soup. Es Buah consists of different kinds of fruits, and then it has extra syrup, condensed milk, and ice. You can make one by yourself if you want to.
Those are only several examples of tasty Indonesian desserts (snacks and ice) that you can have. Finding them at the street vendor is super easy. Want to come to Indonesia? You should manage your flight with airpaz.com and choose different air carriers, like Citilink or AirAsia.