Food, Glo­ri­ous Food

The Jakarta Post - Magazine - - Cuisine - WORDS PHO­TOS

French po­lit­i­can turned con­nois­seur Jean An­thelme Bril­lat- Savarin wrote in 1825 “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” This apt ex­pres­sion rings true to­day, where food is still very much a re­li­able mea­sure to in­di­cate cul­tural el­e­ments of a so­ci­ety de­spite the shrink­ing world.

Put sim­ply, you can tell ac­tu­ally a story about a place – and the peo­ple who live in it – from the food the they eat. Su­ma­tran food, for in­stance, is known for its thick tex­ture and spici­ness in­flu­enced by In­dian and Ara­bic fare. By con­trast, Ja­vanese food is mostly sweet and con­tains less fragrant spices; It is more in­dige­nously de­vel­oped and noted for its sim­plic­ity. But make no mis­take: Ja­vanese food has quite a

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