Do you know the most tempting food in the Bali Arts Festival (BAF) XXXV some time ago? Klepon, a typical Balinese traditional snack was purchased by many visitors. The simple booth serving a variety of traditional foods was never deserted from buyers. They were not going to leave before tasting the green and black klepon snack.
Interestingly, the typical snack of Tanah Lot tourist attraction was not only favored by local community, but also by foreign tourists. Japanese tourists having been visiting the island for many times did not want to miss tasting the sweetness of the snack. “I used to sell klepon made of black sticky rice at Tanah Lot in Tabanan. Now, I also peddle it in the event of the Bali Arts Festival,” said Ni Made Risa, a seller of traditional snacks.
Other than klepon, the middle-aged woman also sold the other snacks like the lukis, buati and pisang rai. According to Made Risa, the ingredients used were sticky rice, sugar and coconut. How about the preparation? First of all, the sticky rice flour was kneaded and it was added with lime water to taste, to make it easily formed.
Afterward, the batter was shaped like round balls and filled with brown sugar inside. Then, put the klepon balls into boiling water. When floating, they were taken out and drained. Ultimately, they are topped with grated coconut and ready to serve.
Made Risa did make klepon every day. Within a day, she could sell more than a hundred packs of black sticky klepon. A pack containing ten pieces was sold for IDR 5,000. (BTN/ocha)
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