PECEL

Pecel is a traditional Javanese salad, consisting of mixed vegetables in a peanut sauce dressing, usually served with steamed rice or sometimes with lontong or ketupat compressed rice cake.[1][2] The peanut sauce used in pecel is also similar to gado-gado. Peanut sauce for pecel has no coconut milk.[1] However pecel has been strongly associated with Javanese cuisine, while gado-gado is usually associated with Betawi and Sundanese cuisine. In Malaysia, it is called as pecal[3] which is introduced by the Javanese immigrants. Pecel is also very popular in Suriname, where it was introduced by the Javanese Surinamese.

Ingredient

Pecel consists of boiled or blanched water spinachspinachbean sproutsyardlong beancucumber, cassava leaf and lemon basil, poured with peanut sauce, made from ground fried peanuts mixed with water, saltpalm sugartamarind juice, chili peppergalangalkaffir lime leaf and garlic. Additional side dishes might be added in pecel dish, such as fried tempeh and tofuperkedel kentangbakwan jagung (vegetables and corn fritters) and crispy rempeyek peanut cracker or krupuk.


Variants

The vegetables used in pecel might vary, and the peanut sauce’s recipe might slightly different among regions in Java. The origin of pecel is still unknown, but most likely it is originated from the town of Madiun or Ponorogo in East Java, since it has the most famous pecel variant, and also because sate Ponorogo used the same kind of peanut sauce that is normally used in pecel. Nevertheless, pecel can be found in most of Javanese villages and cities. Pecel can be home made or served in Javanese restaurants, humble warung, to travelling Mbok bakul pecel, a travelling pecel-seller woman that carry pecel ingredients in woven bamboo basket and frequenting residential areas selling her wares. This travelling selling method is also similar to Mbok jamu gendong that sells jamu herbs traditional medicine instead.

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