Indonesia is rich in spices, make Indonesian people be creative and know the benefits of spices and food ingredients, and then process them into a drink of fresh, unique, and healthy. Many Indonesian people believe that the use of spices as a mixed, will provide health benefits so that the typical Indonesian drinks favored by the people.
Indonesia is an archipelagic country lined up along the equator have a wide variety of typical drink is refreshing and healthful. As with food, drinks in each region also has its own peculiarities. All presented unique and has flavors that are not inferior to foreign products beverages.
There are two types of Indonesian traditional drinks, hot drinks and cold drinks. In Java, a warm drink better known by the term "wedang".
Actually taste "wedang" no specific standard, because quite loosely interpreted. Wedang can be enriched with a variety of spices or other stuffing materials are available in the local area.
So also with a cool drink from several regions in Indonesia did not rule be modified as long as the basic material used is not changed.
For example, red bean ice from Manado, the main ingredient of course still use the red beans. While "Kuah", can be made from a mixture of brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, pandan leaves, and chocolate solutions. Another version, can be given extra coconut milk to make it more savory.
Some Hot Drinks
Some drinks that warm the body:
One of the typical drinks Indonesia West Java that has many enthusiasts are bandrek. These drinks have more spice than that contained in bajigur. The spices include ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. How to make it pretty easy, all ingredients are boiled together with brown sugar, pandan leaves, a little salt, and water. There are several areas in West Java, trying to make some variations taste of bandrek by mixing with pepper and chicken eggs that consumed raw. Bandrek believed to increase the power for people who are tired after a day of work. In addition, bandrek can cure several ailments, like sore throats and colds. Bandrek most delicious drink accompanied by snacks like combro, bananas fried, or boiled peanuts.
Bajigur is a typical drink of West Java. This drink is made from coffee, coconut milk, brown sugar, and not infrequently also added ginger. Ginger contained in bajigur can give a warm effect on the body. To make taste of this bajigur drink more delicious, add a little salt and pandan leaves to add flavor. This drink served warm will be more beneficial when the weather is cold. In each presentation, bajigur usually have a 'companion' in the form of a light snack, such as boiled bananas, boiled peanuts, boiled yam, and getuk.
Drinks made from ginger water is originally from Central Java. That said, naming sekoteng obtained from the Dutch sailors who docked at the Port of Palm Sunda 1596. Sekoteng sauce is made from coconut milk cooked with slices of ginger, sugar and brown sugar. While stuffing sekoteng, initially just a blend of two cultures: peanuts and "kolang-kaling" from Indonesia, as well as the bread from the Netherlands. Along with the development, content variants sekoteng more festive. Now, there are add boiled mung beans, "pacar cina", and toasted peanuts into sekoteng. This drink is delicious served during cold weather.
This drink is a typical city of Solo. It's very interesting, because in it we can find the colorful balls. Spicy sweet taste, because the "wedang" is made from ginger water and brown sugar. While the balls made from glutinous rice flour with a savory mashed beans content. In some areas, wedang often added with clove, lemongrass, or cinnamon.
Unlike most beers that contain alcohol and can be intoxicating, this one brings health benefits. Bir Pletok is typical drink from Jakarta. It is made from a mixture of several spices typical of Indonesia, such as ginger, lemongrass, and pandanus leaves. Bir Pletok also use "kayu secang" as a material enhancements to make the color more interesting.
Popular in Malang, East Java. Slightly similar to sekoteng, but "kuah" and the filling material is somewhat different. "Kuah" is usually served warm, made from boiled coconut milk, pandanus leaves, and sugar. Contents are boiled mung beans, putu mayang, bread, and pacar cina.
Some Cold Drinks
Some drinks are cold and fresh:
Typical drinks of West Sumatra. Also called ice cendol style of West Sumatra. Es Tebak is a mixture of rice flour and starch flour cooked with coconut milk. The dough is shaped like cendol printed. Es Tebak served with kolang-kaling, pieces of black grass jelly and pacar cina. And then on top, given additional shaved ice, red syrup and white sweetened condensed milk. It the most widely sold in Sumatra during the fasting month arrived.
This drink is popular in Solo, Central Java. The main ingredient of this ice is made from a mixture of rice flour, corn starch, and water leaves suji. Dough that has been stirred, printed the concave-shaped and boil until the float. Es Gempol served with coconut milk that cooked with cornstarch until thickened. Then given a piece of jackfruit, vanilla syrup and ice cubes.
Popular in Semarang, Central Java. Ice cao contain pieces of green grass jelly, kolang fro and young coconut meat fed shaved ice and syrup red.
Famous in North Sumatra. Ice contains pieces of cucumber mixed with coconut meat and coconut water. Served with red sugar syrup made from water, brown sugar, salt and pandan leaves. More delicious served cold with the addition of ice cubes.
It typical in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Es Palubutung made from steamed plantain that wrapped with green flour dough. Then steamed until cooked and cut into pieces. Served with coconut milk that cooked with rice flour, ice cubes and red syrup.
Known as the typical drink from Bogor, West Java. Es Pala is suitable as a release thirst in the summer. Made from slices of the nutmeg fruit boiled with sugar, salt, and water. This ice will taste better if cooked nutmeg and sugar water is stored during the night beforehand. When will be presented give ice cubes.