Aceh Traditional Dishes, the Delicacy of Northernmost Sumatra
Aceh, the westernmost province of Indonesia, is a unique place. It has a very long history of assimilations by many ethnics and countries from the whole world. Today, Aceh is a province with a strong Islamic value, being the only one in Indonesia which applies sharia law. This province is also rich in culinary delights as there are lots of Aceh traditional dishes you can enjoy.
One of the most popular ones is, of course, the noodle; Mie Aceh. However, it’s not just that. Aceh is rich with many other delicacies. Here are some of those delicious traditional dishes from Aceh.
This is a cake is true shares a lot of similarities with kue bingkang. However, the main difference is that this cake isn’t as sweet as a bingkang. It is savory and has a slight onion flavor. This cake is a great combination of coffee. This cake originated from Meureudu area in Pidi, Aceh.
This is a chicken delight with a rather unique presentation. The main ingredient is strictly free-range chicken. The cut is a tad smaller than the common fried chicken. Chicken is cooked with special spices before then fried with several leaves and spices. You have to dig your fried chicken among green chili, lemongrass, lime leaves, pandanus leaves, and curry leaves.
This one is basically a preserved fish. Keumamah is often called ‘ikan kayu’ (wood fish) because it can be so hard. Keumamah usually uses skipjack or mackerel tuna as the main ingredient. The preservation method is so effective the fish can still be consumed for years, provided they are stored in a dry place.
You can also find this snack in many other places in Indonesia. Timphan uses batter made from coconut milk, banana, and rice flour. For the fillings, they commonly use srikaya (sugar apple) or grated coconut with palm sugar. They then wrapped in banana leaves before eventually steamed. It is sweet and savory, a perfect snack for afternoon tea or coffee.
Essentially, there are not many differences between sate matang and other types of satay. However, the main difference is the presentation. Sate matang uses thick soup made with various spices. It is usually served with boiled potatoes. It is really good with rice or rice cake.
Bu Sie Itek
If you have to simplify it, this is a duck curry. The cooking process is almost similar to those of rendang. The duck meat is cooked with coconut milk and various spices. As with any curry or gulai from Indonesia, the cooking process usually takes a long time. There are two types of Bu Sie Itek; red and yellow.
Well, this dish probably needs no introduction. Mie Aceh is a noodle dish prepared with Acehnese way. The secret is not only on the noodle but the spices. The spices create a very flavorful dish. You can also have it with crab or beef. Additionally, there are two types of this dish; dry and soupy.
Visiting Aceh is a great adventure in itself. However, for the maximum experience, you must try some of Aceh traditional dishes.