A Random Blog of Everything I like
Few weeks ago, I shared about fun games we did to celebrate Independence Day (Fireworks is not how we celebrate that special day, we play games to celebrate the most historical day in Indonesia). One of the most famous games is ‘Makan Kerupuk’ (Eating kerupuk). Although it is a bit difficult for me to translate Kerupuk but I will try (with a bit of help from Wikipedia) because Kerupuk is a food loved by so many Indonesian from the rich to the poor.
According to Wikipedia, Indonesia has perhaps the largest variety of kerupuk.
Kerupuk is a kind of snack that we can eat as usual snack or as ‘lauk’ (the side dish we eat with rice). It is made from a mixture of tapioca (flour made of cassava) and other flavoring agents like fish, prawn, onion, etc. The dough is steamed and then we cut it thinly and let it dry under the sun. The dry kerupuk can be kept for a long time.
Kerupuk can be sold as both dry and already fried. Frying dry kerupuk is not as simple as it seems, that’s why people who can’t cook prefer to buy the already fried ones. Some dry kerupuk need to be warm up under the sun or it won’t expand when we fry it. Dry kerupuk is a smaller, harder and darker than the friend one. If we can’t fry it properly, the kerupuk will stay the same size as the dry one…and that means you have failed frying it. The failed one is hard and sooo not as delicious as the well fried one.
Some types of dry kerupuk
Here’s a video how Kerupuk seller fries the dry kerupuk:
However, we don’t have to do it with two oils like that…all we have to do is make sure that there is plenty of hot oil. We need to stir it once in a while because we have to make sure that every surface of the dry kerupuk has direct contact with oil.
Here are some of the kerupuk I have eaten:
Kerupuk Bawang (Onion Kerupuk)
This is one of my favorites. I once had a neighbor who had a daughter living in Germany and she often asked her mother to send her this kerupuk all the way from Jakarta.
Kemplang or Kerupuk Palembang.
This one is so delicious and quite expensive because it is made from fish. The more expensive it is the more we can taste the fish.
Kerupuk Kulit (skin kerupuk)
This kerupuk doesn’t have flour in it because it is made by drying the skin of a cow/buffalo. This one is mostly found in West Sumatra. I have eaten the one from West java but not as delicious as the one from west Sumatra.
Kerupuk Udang (Prawn Kerupuk)
Also my favorite, especially the good quality one. I like eating this with rice. It is, of course, made from prawn.
Kerupuk Putih/Warung (White Kerupuk)
This kerupuk is the easiest to find and the common one people use the eat with rice. This kerupuk is also the one that we use for the game to celebrate Independence day.
There are still so many kerupuk here and if I provide all the pictures, one post won’t be enough. There are soy bean kerupuk, noodle kerupuk, red kerupuk, rice kerupuk, etc.
If you google (image) kerupuk…you’ll see so many kind of kerupuk. I make it easier for you 😉 > here.
Almost all kerupuk use flour as their main ingredient, the taste comes from what they mix in the flour dough…however, Kerupuk Kulit (Skin Kerupuk) is 100% from cow skin. This might sound gross for non-Indonesian but I can guarantee that it’s delicious 😉