10 Indonesian Foods for Unforgettable Eid al-Fitr – Eid al-Fitr is almost here and it’s time to celebrate this important Muslim festival. This year, the way we celebrate Eid al-Fitr may be different due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that forces us to stay at home as much as possible. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate this holiday together with our family.
While you are spending most of your time at home, you can cook some special dishes or buy plenty of delicious foods and eat them at home. We’ll give you some ideas about what special dishes you can eat during Eid.
10 Popular Indonesian Foods for Eid al-Fitr
Here’s the list of good foods you can prepare for you and your family during the festive:
Rendang is a special meat dish from Minangkabau region in West Sumatra. The beef is slow-cooked and braised in coconut milk and rich spices. It’s best to serve rendang with warm rice. At present, rendang is often served during a festive such as Eid al-Fitr. Not only in Indonesia, but rendang is also a popular dish in Malaysia.
Rawon is a traditional dish from East Java province. The black soup has a rich taste due to the mixture of ingredients in the dish such as turmeric, garlic, shallot, ginger and candlenut, and beef. Toppings for rawon include bean sprouts, salted preserved egg and krupuk. Rawon is a perfect dish to be served during the festive.
3. Lapis legit
Lapis legit is also known as a thousand-layered spice cake. It was first introduced during Dutch colonial times. Lapis legit can be found in many bakeries in Indonesia. It is one of the most delicious traditional cakes in Indonesia. Currently, there are many flavors of the cake including cheese, chocolate, pandan, prunes, and others. Eat lapis legit when you’re at home relaxing with your family during Eid.
A dish that is inseparable from Eid is a ketupat. Ketupat is a typical Eid food made from rice, wrapped into woven coconut leaves.
The diamond shape of ketupat was introduced by Sunan Kalijaga. This traditional Indonesian snack also has a deep philosophy, one of philosophy is the purity of heart. Once you open the ketupat, you will see white rice, which represents the sanctity of human’s heart, asking for forgiveness of all faults.
The outward of ketupat represents diverse human error, which can be seen by the complicated bundle woven into a rhombus. Ketupat is a dish that you must eat with your family during Eid Mubarak to make your holiday more complete.
Many Indonesians are already familiar with this traditional snack. In fact, you can find rengginang everywhere in Java island. Rengginang is a Javanese food made from sticky rice. The taste varies, it can be sweet or salty.
3. Opor Ayam
It’s kinda a pleasure to eat ketupat, together with opor ayam. Opor ayam is an Indonesian food made from chicken, served with coconut milk. Especially on a family gathering, this typical Indonesian dish is always popular. After all, do you know that opor ayam also has a deep philosophy? The coconut milk or called “santan” in Javanese language means “sorry” or “pangapunten”. So, the meaning of this Eid Mubarak dish is that anyone has to seek for forgiveness.
4. Kue Lidah Kucing
Kue lidah kucing or literally called the Cat Tongue Cookies, doesn’t have any relation with cats at all, t-mates! The cookies were named Cat Tongue Cookies because they resemble a thin and long cat’s tongue. The color of the cake, which is brownish-white, looks like a cat’s tongue. This cookie was brought to Indonesia from the Netherlands. The cookies are made from flour, sugar, milk, egg white, and margarine.
5. Nastar (Pineapple Cake)
The pineapple or nastar cake is one of the most favorite cakes for Eid Mubarak. The origin of the name itself came from the Netherland, which is the combination of “ananas” and “tart”. This cake contains a pineapple jam. Nowadays, nastar cake is made into various shapes such as round, a basket-like shape, and other shapes such as leaves or flowers.
Not only opor ayam that is a perfect pair for ketupat during Eid, other Indonesian food like semur is also served on the table during the Islamic holiday. The dish is served with sweet soy sauce and usually cooked with a variety of ingredients. For example, there are usually tofu stew, meat stew and even “jengkol”.
7. Kue Putri Salju
Who doesn’t know “kue putri salju” (snow white cake)? The cookies were topped with powdered sugar and have a very delicious taste. During Eid Mubarak, usually this cake is popular among children.
In the past, this cake was made into the shape of a crescent moon. Now, the shape of the snowwhite cake starts to vary. The presentation has become better over the years. Try eating the snow white cake with a cup of coffee or hot tea. Delicious!
Don’t Forget to Taste those Special Foods on Eid!
Eid al-Fitr is coming! Let’s taste the various dishes or appetizing typical snacks of the Islamic holiday. Are you ready to celebrate the Eid? Although you must stay at home during this pandemic, you can also decorate your house and do some other fun activities. We hope you have a great Eid!