Monday, February 09, 2009

Indonesian Delicacies Part One--Gulali

Indonesia, beside being the largest archipelago in the world, is one of the richest nations when it comes to dishes and condiments. As a proud Indonesian, I feel compelled to share the vast varieties of Indonesian delicacies. I'm going to start with gulali.

Gulali is actually colored caramel. They are sold by peddlers who move their wares around. Usually these peddlers are found near schools. The peddler creates unique, amazing shapes by hand. Stars, hearts, flowers, fish, horses, chickens, balloons (gulali peddlers can skillfully create gulali that can be blown, and the result will resemble a balloon) and so many more!

In order to make a gulali, you should prepare the basic dough. I asked the peddler shown in this picture, and he told me for 1 kilogram of sugar, you should use about 1 cup of water. Boil them for a while and then add food coloring. In order to be able to work with the dough, you should always simmer it in low heat. Therefore, you have to be able to stand the heat! I also asked him, how long have you been selling gulali? He told me five years, and it took some time (although he did not specify how long is "some time") before he could create beautiful shapes.

If you watch a gulali peddler work, you might be amazed because it's not a simple matter! And for only IDR 2,000 per piece (about 20 American cents)! The entertainment we have from watching certainly worths more than that!

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