Jakarta Street Food: Es Kolding

Shaved ice treats like this are available throughout South East Asia and Indonesia is no different.  Although some of the ingredients probably differ somewhat from what you might get in Thailand or the Philippines, they usually include evaporated milk, some kind of jelly or jellies and fruit.  I was told that the green jelly-like ingredient is actually a tree leaf which swells up and turns into jelly after it’s been soaked in water.  Sometimes Indonesians tell big lies to see how foolish bules are 😉

By the way, the ice is perfectly safe to consume.


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4 Responses to “Jakarta Street Food: Es Kolding”

  1. jakartanna Says:

    if they told you that the green jelly in this clip was made from leaves, yes it’s a big lie (green jelly in this clip made from jelly powder). But if they refer to CINCAU (grass jelly), they’re telling you the truth.

    In Indonesia there are 2 types of cincau, black and green. Both of them are made from soaking certain leaves in water, squeezed them, then filtered the water, the water become jelly.

    here’s the picture of cincau hijau (green grass jelly) : http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grass_jelly_es_cincau_hijau.jpg

    and cincau hitam (or commonly known as just ‘cincau’ / grass jelly) :

  2. aboutindo Says:

    Ahh, so it’s not really leaves, but a product from the leaves. Still, I can’t think of any Western dishes that are made with tree leaves, except some Greek dishes use grape leaves (but the grape is a vine, not a tree) and bay leaves are used for seasoning, not eating.

  3. Kongkor Says:

    Hi James,

    My name is David and I have link your blog to mine http://kongkor.com.

    Anyway, I just happened to peep into Anas’s PC when she was reading your blog and from there, I was reading some of the great stuff you’ve wrote about Indonesia. Mind you, I’ve been here for almost 10 years now and some of the stuff you blogged about are actually new news to me.

    Hence, the link and hope you will do just the same.


    • aboutindo Says:

      Hi David,
      Thanks for the link and the compliment. I’ll try to live up to your appraisal.
      I’ve heard your name from Anas a few times before, so it’s good to know a bit more about you from your blog.
      I’m not surprised that you’re still discovering things after 10 years, Indonesia is so diverse and rich in so many ways.

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