The Rujak Vendor – Relishing the Delicious Indonesian Fruit Dish

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Hello Readers,
Welcome to a brand new season of “Travel&Spice”. Season-1 was delicious, and we mean, quite literally! Adventurers and fellow travellers from all over the world got together to discuss food, recommend their favourite stalls and recipes, and took us on a yummilicious ride.

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Delicious bun cha (pork wrapped in betel leaves off the Vietnam streets last year)

This season, we continue food tripping… on Street Food!! This time, it’s all about getting true flavours off the streets. Are you ready for the ride? Hop right in!

Opening the first episode of the season with Abhay’s Indonesian street food story. Over to him…

Hello!! I’m Abhay from Asian Tours and Holidays – A story teller. An adventurer. An explorer. This and much more. When I am not traveling, I am either reading about my next adventure or experimenting with Milk Shakes.

I am originally from India but I stayed in Bali for a little while as it is a great place for digital nomads. Being a vegetarian, I find myself left with very little options in Southeastern countries. One fine day, returning from the Kuta beach, I saw this Rujak vendor. I asked the guy if the “dish” was vegetarian or not and he gave me a thumbs up which I assumed to be a green signal.

I had no idea what he was preparing behind his stall but when I got the fruit salad on a plate made out of stone, I was relieved. The fruits included tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, cucumber, and few other fruits I could not recognize. They were dressed in red colored sauce which made the salad very spicy. I was reminded of times my mother prepared for me a similar salad but with less spicy spices like cumin powder.

Rujak

Image source: fitri agung

The fruits were thinly sliced and the dish was very sour but the red chili was somewhat helpful as it eased the sourness. After eating it, I did a bit of research on the dish and found that it is traditionally served in prenatal ceremonies as pregnant women particularly like sour tasting food. The sauce is made out of palm sugar, tamarind, peanuts, salt and red chili. People can also opt for a powder made out of red chili and salt if they don’t want the sweet and spicy tasting dressing. The fruit Rujak cost me just 13000 Indonesian rupiah which is less than $1.

There are many more varieties of Rujak out there in Indonesia like: Rujak Tumbuk – The ingredients are mostly the same as in the fruit Rujak, except, in this one, all the fruits are ground and mashed together with the dressing.

  • Rujak Pengantin – Instead of just fruits, this one has vegetables too like potatoes, cabbage and lettuce.
  • Rujak Juhi – It contains fried tofu, fried potatoes, fried cuttlefish and some vegetables and beans.

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Image source: Krista

You can find Rujak hawkers on pushcarts in Seminyak’s Flea markets too (Seminyak is one of the most popular tourist hubs in Bali). Plus the cafes run by locals have the various varieties of Rujak on offer too.

Interestingly, Rujak is a popular street food in Malaysia too. However, the preparation differs a bit over there. You will find peanut sauce instead of the chili dressing to accompany it.

Take a note, folks! Thanks to Asian Tours and Holidays , you now know where to head to when you want to savour a delish dish of Rujak.

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