Indonesia has diversity in each region. But there are areas in Indonesia that have almost similar traditional foods. One of the traditional foods is gado-gado, lotek, ketoprak and karedok.
This traditional food is food sprinkled with peanut sauce. Here Indonesiar.com provides brief information about gado-gado, lotek, ketoprak, karedok and pecel to add to your insight.
1. A hodgepodge
Gado-gado is a food that can be found in various places, however gado-gado is often said to be a typical food from Betawi or DKI Jakarta. Gado-gado contains vegetables that have been boiled and mixed together with peanut sauce.
The contents of the gado-gado vegetables are green vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, long beans, bean sprouts, potatoes all of which are boiled. In addition, the gado-gado also contains raw or unboiled vegetables, namely fried cucumber and tofu. Sometimes, the hodgepodge is also given additional sliced boiled eggs.
All the ingredients are mixed and given peanut sauce made from peanuts that have been fried and mashed with a mixture of garlic, chilies, pepper, lime juice, salt and brown sugar. Gado-gado can be served with rice cake or ketupat as a boost to hunger in the stomach.
2. Lotek (Lothek)
At first glance, this food is similar to a hodgepodge, but lotek is a food originating from West Java. The difference between lotek and gado-gado is that the peanut sauce from lotek is usually added in the form of tempeh, shrimp paste and kencur so that the peanut sauce has a kencur taste, besides that the lotek seasoning tastes sweeter than gado-gado.
The vegetables used to make lotek are spinach, cabbage and bean sprouts which are boiled and mixed with peanut sauce. Similar to gado-gado, lotek can also be served with rice cake or ketupat as a substitute for rice.
Karedok comes from West Java. This traditional food contains raw vegetables such as cucumber, bean sprouts, cabbage, long beans, basil and eggplant which are chopped and drizzled with peanut sauce.
The peanut sauce for Karedok is made from peanuts that have been fried and mashed, red chilies, garlic, kencur, tamarind water, brown sugar, salt and shrimp paste which are ground until smooth, which is then diluted with water. Karedok is also often referred to as a salad from Indonesia
Ketoprak is a traditional food originating from the DKI Jakarta area. The main ingredients of ketoprak are rice noodles, bean sprouts, cucumber, tofu and ketupat, often added with boiled egg mixed and drizzled with peanut sauce, sweet soy sauce and fried onions. The ingredients used to make peanut sauce are peanuts that have been fried and ground, garlic and chilies then diluted using water. Ketoprak is also served complete with crackers or melinjo chips.
Some of the traditional foods mentioned above are foods that use peanut sauce. This food is always referred to as a salad from Indonesia. This is because it uses vegetables. The difference is that salads from Indonesia do not use olive oil but use peanut sauce. So, can you distinguish the four traditional foods?
Hopefully the information we provide can add to your references adding insight into the diversity of Indonesian culinary.