HomeBlogs Ketoprak: a delicious traditional food of Jakarta Ketoprak Jakarta is a food that traditionally consists of lontong (food
consisting of rice steamed in a banana leaf), tofu, sliced cabbage,
mihun (thin rice noodles), sprout, chips and sauce made from bean, brown
sugar and chili. The taste can be hot or salty, it is just made by
order. The price is about IDR 5.000 to 10.000 according to its
substances. Today, meat is commonly added in ketoprak to be more
Ketoprak is a typical street-food/dish. It was
originally popular around the Jakarta area but now we can find it in
other parts of Java - although Jakarta is still the place to find
Ketoprak sellers easily.
It is similar to Gado-gado, Indonesian
vegetable salad with peanut sauce, the only difference is the stuffs
they mix in the peanut sauce.
It is made of ground peanut and
palm sugar made into a thick paste, mixed with chilli (depends on how
spicy you want yours to be!), a bit salt and garlic and also sweet
soybean ketchup. Then the seller will put in chopped hard boiled rice,
fried tofu, boiled egg, glass noodles and kerupuk (chips).
sold in small stalls or carts along the street (which might make you
frown to see how "clean" this stalls are!), which we can just describe
to the sellers by the level of spiciness we want - not spicy, medium, or
spicy. Then the seller will make the dish portion by portion. No
tissue, no hand washing, even sometimes we have to order the drink from
Ketoprak seems to be as the same name of a art
culture from Central Java. Ketoprak has been known as the most popular
food from Jakarta. It's a so simple food, simple ingredients, and simple
process of production. But, the taste is acceptable for everyone from
the last time to this time.
It is simple but also unique in
production process. The seller makes and mixes it in front of the buyer
as simple as quickly. The most ingredients had prepared at the seller's
home. So that's why it just takes a few minutes for preparing a portion
This kind of food has a similarity to the other
kinds of food from other region in Indonesia, like Karedok from West
Java, Gado-gado from Jakarta and also Lotek from West Sumatera, and
Pecel from Central Java. These kinds of food have the same basic
ingredient, nut sauce, and taste so.
Beside similarity, it also
has a difference. Gado-gado and Karedok use only brown sugar for
sweetening the taste, but Ketoprak is also added additional sweetness by
sweet soy sauce. The other unique taste from ketoprak is garlicy. So,
Ketoprak has a hard garlic taste and aroma.
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