“Rare species” of Javanese Street food In this episode of the series “Rare Species of Javanese Street Food’’ we discover an unusual Indonesian dish a la Betawi. Betawi is the name for the idigenous people of Jakarta. And since today’s Hero is a dish that is not only rare, but very very rare, I am excited to write a few words about it. If you manage to luckily “hunt” done your local Javanese street vendor that sells Kerak Telor please use this unique opportunity because, presumably, it may never come to you again. Kerak Telor is a traditional spicy and crunchy omelet made from a specific type of glutinous rice cooked with egg and served with “serundeng” (fried coconut) “bawang goreng” (fried shallots) and “ebi” (dried shrimp) for topping. The Kerak Telor history dates back to Dutch colonial times when this simple appetizer was such a luxury that only the wealthy inhabitants of the island of Java were able to afford it. In this episode, each of our samples of Javanese crunchy omelets was made to order by vendor Pak Kerak. He always puts jellied glutinous rice made from beras ketan on his small wok pan and heats it softly on the low heat fire. He then adds an egg with salt and pepper and fries it tenderly without using any cooking oil. When the omelet is fried sufficiently (the secret skill) Pak Kerak sprinkles the whole thing with grated fried coconut and salty dried small shrimps. The real Betawi Kerak Telor is always made on a charcoal fire from a small clay oven commonly known as Tungku Tanah Liat. This omelet can be
made from ordinary chicken egg, but duck eggs, as subject experts’ claim, are considered much more delicious. If you can’t find Kerak Telor on your Jogja streets, you have to visit capital Kota Tua (old town) of Batavia (a.k.a Jakarta) or in the neighborhood of the capital’s Monas monument. Capital Omelet, like most Javanese street food snacks is relatively cheap. Certainly, it does not stretch out even a single dollar (USD) from your wallet. Rush to your Kerak Telor before it is too late! Piotr Smieszek
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