Saturday, October 28, 2006
Junk food of the week: Flying saucers
I forget what these are called in Indonesian because I always think of them as flying saucers or little hats. You don't need to remember their name anyway, because they're always sold from a cart, and the cart doesn't offer anything else. The vendor makes them on the spot using a rounded pan over a little gas burner.
These are very tasty. The outside edge is thin and crunchy-chewy. The bump in the middle is soft and moist, similar to that famed biological curiosity, Bika Ambon. This particular one has chocolate sprinkles on it. I think there's some coconut milk involved, and there's definitely some pandan leaf, the most common dessert flavoring here. I can't really describe pandan except to say that it's not very much like vanilla. It's mellow like vanilla, but it tastes more plant-y. Does that help? I didn't think so.