Seaweed cake is highly favored by Hindu community in Bali. This cake is one of the products made of processed seaweed that can almost be found in all the regions across Bali. It is made from dried seaweed. To make this cake, the dried seaweed is boiled and mixed with brown sugar. Then, it is filtered, cooled and cut according to taste. In the presentation, the seaweed cake is usually topped with grated coconut. Children really like it because it tastes sweet. Different for adults, it is mostly enjoyed as accompaniment of drinking coffee and tea. At food stall and pastry shops, the seaweed cake is sold because it is attractive to be presented to guests.
In traditional markets, the seaweed cake is easily found. It is sold at cheap price but has a high nutritional value due to the content of seaweed. As found in Gianyar traditional market, especially the night market, it is sold by Ni Made Suartini. Even, it is also displayed at the exhibition of the processed seaweed product known as the International Seaweed Symposium (ISS) in Nusa Dua, recently.
According to Suartini from Gianyar, she sold seaweed cake every day. Indeed, Gianyar had no potential of seaweed cultivation because of the choppy coast while seaweed needed a calm and sloping coast. Since she had regular customers she should look for the ingredients to Denpasar. “I join this exhibition as an opportunity for culinary promotion,” she said. (BTN/015)
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