Typical Aceh Food – Aceh is a province at the very tip of Sumatra which is famous for its Islamic law and a variety of enchanting natural beauty. Is an area that presents amazing beauty both the natural beauty of the land or sea such as Sabang. Not only bringing in local tourists but also many foreign tourists who enjoy the natural beauty of Sabang. Aceh is an area full of past history, and is famous for its thick culture even from the culinary side it also has its own characteristics.
For those of you who travel to Aceh, don’t forget to enjoy traditional Acehnese food of various types, these traditional Acehnese foods have still survived and become idols of Acehnese youth such as timphan, boh rom-rom and others. There are many types of culinary and food in the Serambi Mecca area. Let us discuss one by one the traditional Acehnese food that makes you drool.
A Variety of Acehnese Foods
If you visit Aceh, don’t only enjoy its natural beauty but also enjoy the food. There are many foods that you can bring home from Aceh, here is a list of Acehnese specialties for you.
See also: Aceh Ethnic: History, Culture
1. Aceh Noodles (Typical Aceh Food)
Mie Aceh is a food that is very well known throughout Indonesia that abroad can also be found, especially the areas where the Acehnese live. Aceh noodles can be served in various ways such as fried, boiled, sauteed and can also be added with various side dishes to increase the enjoyment.
For more delicious taste, you can add eggs, squid, meat or other foods. You will melt to see the stir-fried Aceh noodles served on a plate with a mixture of eggs or shrimp.
2. Sate Matang and Sate Apaleh
Talking about satay, then satay is the champion. In Aceh, ripe satay is famous for its booming and even cooked satay is not only sold in Matang Geulumpang Dua (the area of origin of this satay), but throughout Aceh also sells cooked satay so people don’t need to go to Matang to enjoy cooked satay. However, the satay in other places is different from the one in Matang.
Now there is another satay that is advancing in Aceh, namely Apaleh satay. This is a satay that comes from the Gurugok area, a few kilometers from Matang. Until now, the author has observed that Apaleh’s satay is very famous and interested in even beating the cooked satay that had triumphed in the past.
3. Pliek Ue sauce
The next Acehnese culinary and specialties are the pliek ue sauce. This sauce is made from a mixture of various vegetables or from rice field fish or freshwater fish (engkot paya) using pliek Ue (fatarana). The taste is quite delicious, especially there is a spicy taste, the spicier this food will be felt on the tongue.
If you go to Aceh don’t miss eating rice with pliek ue sauce. It is guaranteed that it does not exist anywhere else in the world, unless there are Acehnese who make it. The author has tried the pliek Ue sauce with freshwater fish, it is so delicious, especially when you mix it with bamboo shoots or bamboo shoots, this is extraordinarily delicious, even addicting.
4. Goat curry
Goat curry also includes typical Acehnese culinary delights that are cooked with special spices. Maybe you have also enjoyed goat curry in other places, but in Aceh this food is cooked with Acehnese special spices so it tastes different.
The process of cooking goat curry is done in a large cauldron, usually in front of the restaurant. This goat curry is also known as beulangeng sauce (but beulangeng sauce is more common), because it is served in a large (beulangeng) cauldron. Try to enjoy it, it will make you drool. However, if you have problems with blood pressure, you should not consume goat curry because this food quickly makes you experience high blood pressure.
5. Gulai Masam, Acehnese food
The next Acehnese food and culinary is a typical sour sauce. Maybe you can also see and find this cuisine in other places such as new weekends and others. But the name is different, tamarind keu-eng means spicy sour, a simple cooked soup but very delicious on the tongue, especially if you add shrimp (ebi) as a sweetener for the sauce.
Keu-eng tamarind sauce in Aceh is also called the leupee sauce. The distinctive taste of Aceh is indeed different from the spicy sour sauce in other regions.
6. Sie Itek sauce
Sie itek sauce is duck or duck meat sauce. But the Acehnese cook it with typical Acehnese spices that have been passed down from generation to generation. This soup or duck curry is sometimes easy to find at roadside stalls.
7. Catch chickens
Catched chicken is the next Acehnese specialty that has only been around for the last few years. This chicken is served so different from the various fried ginger leaves. The chicken is processed by chopped into small pieces and mixed with temu leaves and chilies and fried onions. The taste is so distinctive that it makes you want to add more.
8. Rujak Aceh
Rujak is a food that is commonly known and found in the regions. However, rujak Aceh is different from other rujak. This Acehnese specialty is made with various collections of fruit such as rumbia fruit, mango fruit, kuini, pineapple and others which are then poured with salad sauce on top.
Aceh Rujak is now easy to find in recreational or tourist spots, but there are some places in Aceh where rujak is different because it tastes more delicious. The spicy taste of Aceh rujak makes it delicious to enjoy when the weather is hot.
9. Martabak Aceh
Martabak is food that comes from many places but certainly has a different taste. In Aceh this martabak is made in such a way with spices such as onions, green chilies, and chili sauce that is sprinkled on it. the outer ingredients usually use ingredients commonly used in roti canai. Martabak Aceh is very delicious to enjoy at dusk or late at night.
10. Engkot Keumamah, Typical Aceh Food
The next typical Aceh culinary is the keumamah crank. Very different from other foods, keumamah fish is tuna that has been dried in the sun for days so that the texture is hard like wood but delicious on the tongue. This includes Acehnese specialties that challenge you to taste the minced fish in gravy or chili sauce.
So, you can cook keumamah fish with chili sauce or coconut milk or various other variations. Keumamah fish has been famous and popular since the Dutch colonial era because of its texture and unique and different cooking method.
11. Cake Adee
Another Acehnese food from the type of cake, this is the Adee cake. Adee or bingkang is a traditional Aceh cake that you will not get outside of Aceh. There are two kinds of Ade cakes because some are made using flour and other mixtures and some are made from cassava ingredients. Both have a different sweet taste and enjoyment.
Adee Aceh cake is only available in the Meureudu area, Pidie jaya. So, if you come to Aceh, don’t forget to taste this sweet and delicious specialty.
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12. Timphan – Typical Aceh Food
Timphan is a typical Aceh cake made from glutinous rice flour with a mixture of Srikaya jam in it and wrapped in young banana leaves, then steamed or baked on hot coals.
The contents of the timphan cake can range from Asoe kaya (srikaya) to sweet grated coconut, or use other sweets. Timphan is the symbol and identity of the Aceh cake because it has existed since ancient times and has been inherited from generation to generation. This cake is a mandatory food when Eid arrives.
13. Aceh coffee
One of the pleasures of coffee is in Aceh coffee, even Gayo coffee from Takengon, Central Aceh, is one of the most famous types of coffee around the world and is consumed by outsiders. Coffee is almost the same, but the way it is processed can make it taste different.
Aceh coffee includes coffee that is rich in antitoxin which can remove toxins in the body and make the skin taut.
14. Sanger, typical Aceh coffee
In addition to Gayo coffee, there is processed coffee which is deliciously addicting, this is a sanger that is processed from the essence of coffee, sweetened condensed milk and sugar. The taste of milk that comes from strong coffee is one of the morning drinks that many coffee connoisseurs are looking for. But make no mistake, the taste of sanger is very different from regular coffee mixed with milk, very different. Not everyone can make a sanger with the right taste.
You can find Sanger in espresso cafes, the difference is that this coffee is added with milk when brewed by filtering the cone-shaped cloth so that the taste is different. The author has experienced sanger in several places in Aceh, but it seems that sometimes not all of them are the same, this indicates the need for experts in serving sanger.
15. Candied nutmeg, a typical Aceh souvenir
Now the souvenirs made from this nutmeg are sold and sold, especially in South Aceh. South Aceh is indeed known as the largest producer of nutmeg, which is why they also process nutmeg as a sweet cake which is a typical souvenir of South Aceh.
16. Sale Banana
Pisang sale is a typical Aceh souvenir which is one of Aceh’s specialties. The center of banana in Aceh is the eastern Aceh area. Sale bananas are made from ripe bananas and then dried in the sun to dry and then smoked so they last longer.
Enjoy banana sale directly or fried into fried bananas. But it is more delicious if fried first because the texture of the banana salad is crunchy.
17. Flower pan
The next typical Aceh food is a flower pan. This typical cake is made from ropi flour and mixed with sugar, eggs and coconut milk, originally from Aceh Tamieng. This cookie is usually present on celebrations or holidays.
18. Lepat Aceh
Lepat is food wrapped in banana leaves and cooked by steaming. This is a long-lasting food that contains grated coconut. It can last up to 2 weeks and is great to enjoy anytime.
19. Aceh Bhoi Cake – Typical Aceh Cake
Bhoi Aceh has various forms ranging from fish, flowers or other animals. This shape is in accordance with the references used to lay the basic ingredients for making bhoi cakes.
Bhoi cakes are typical in wedding ceremonies, usually this cake is given to the groom. You can find this traditional cake in a traditional cake shop in Aceh.
20. Boh rom-rom
This cake is also typical of Aceh and you don’t find it anywhere else. Boh rom rom is also called kueh duek beudeh in Acehnese. This cake contains sugar water in it and is covered with flour and topped or covered with grated coconut and then steamed. It tastes sweet and delicious on the tongue.
Boh rom rom is usually a mandatory cake at every breaking the fast. That is why, many boh rom-rom are crowded when the month of Ramadan arrives.
Acehnese pineapple dodol or lunkhead is a typical Aceh cake and you will not find it anywhere. This cake is only present at the bridal party. Its luxurious shape and sweet and sticky taste is very delicious to eat every day with family.
But if you want to enjoy Acehnese meuseukat, you can order it before going to Aceh. The ingredients are expensive and their large shape may be one of the obstacles why this cake is not always available in traditional markets. But you don’t need to worry about not running out because this cake lasts for weeks, even months, if you store it properly.
22. Savory Rice (Bue Guri)
Furthermore, Aceh’s typical food is savory nasih, from the name alone we know that this rice must taste delicious. This savory taste comes from coconut milk and a mixture of Aceh’s secret spices so that it becomes savory rice. It will be even better if you enjoy this rice with chili fish, or omelette, and balado fish.
23. Kanji Rumbi Porridge
Starch porridge is a food that only exists in the month of Ramadan, rumbi kanji is made from boiled rice and various other spices including meat so it tastes really good. This rice is stirred and cooked into a typical Ramadan porridge.
In Aceh, the month of Ramadan is even more festive with special kitchens for cooking rumbi starch. The villagers all get to eat the kanji and in every house there is usually a part of the kanji that the villagers cook before breaking their fast.
24. Canai Aceh
Canai Aceh is food that is cooked with wheat flour and uses butter in the cooking process. Roti Canai Aceh is very well known as a delicious snack food when hanging out at cafes or coffee shops.
Roti canai can be enjoyed in various flavors and is usually enjoyed with goat curry sauce. It is truly an amazing snack as a tasty yet delicious snack.
25. Acehnese specialties – Beulangeng sauce
Beulangeng sauce is a typical Acehnese food with the basic ingredients of goat or ox. Suitable for cooking when there is a special occasion such as a feast, waliha circumcision or when there is a feast of death. The broth is also delicious and great as a typical meal for a large meal together in an organization or with workmates.
26. Eungkot Paya
Eungkot paya cuisine is a typical Aceh food that has been passed down from generation to generation. This is a freshwater fish that is cooked in such a way, of course, with typical Acehnese spices. This cooked fish is usually brackish fish which in Aceh is called Eungkot Paya.
The natural living crab is now increasingly rare and much sought after, so every dish of Eungkot Paya is now increasingly being enjoyed and sought after. Even the Acehnese eungkot paya dish is now the target and hunt for net citizens in the online world.
27. Keukarah Cake
Furthermore, Aceh’s typical food or cake is Keukarah cake. This is a traditional cake made from a mixture of flour and coconut milk. It tastes delicious and of course, the combination of coconut milk and flour and the addition of salt and other ingredients makes this food tasty and delicious to enjoy.
Many people who come to Aceh bring cakes to teukarah as souvenirs. Its unique shape, such as scraps or swallow’s nest, adds to the enchanting impression as a souvenir cake from Aceh. But the most important thing is that it is tasty and crunchy.
That is the variety of Acehnese cakes, Acehnese specialties and Acehnese drinks that are the spotlight of every tourist, both local and foreign. Of the many foods, which one do you like and become your favorite?