Rujak, a traditional fruit and vegetable based dish served with palm sugar, chili and peanut sauce!
Who doesn't like to eat rujak? Anyone can eat rujak dishes from all walks of life, both young and old. The sweet and spicy taste sensation of this rujak dish makes anyone who eats it addicted. Especially enjoyed when the weather is friendly or not. Perfect as a snack when your stomach starts to feel hungry. Of course it tastes good. Rujak is a traditional fruit salad dish originating from the island of Java. These dishes are easily found throughout Indonesia. There are many types of rujak variants in Indonesia that you need to know, including Rujak Buah, Rujak Cingur (Typical East Java), Rujak Manis, Rujak Petis, Rujak Soto, Rujak Tofu, Rujak Mamak and Rujak Bebeg.
But behind it all, there is a history of the origin of Rujak that needs to be known. Rujak comes from the word "rurujak" in the Old Javanese Taji inscription in 901 AD from the era of the Mataram kingdom. The rujak dish is apparently applied to the traditional prenatal ceremony (Naloni Mitoni) or seven months. The meaning of the rujak dish is to pray for the mother to work smoothly and successfully. The salad dish is served to prospective mothers and female guests. The difference between the rujak served at traditional ceremonies is different from the fruit salad served in general. The difference is in the way of cutting, in this ceremony the fruits are roughly grated instead of thinly sliced. However, there is a belief that if the mother-to-be eats rujak which tastes sweet, it is believed that the baby is in the womb of a girl, while rujak which tastes spicy is believed to be carrying a baby boy.
Speaking of the context of rujak in Indonesia, generally rujak is made from fresh fruits and vegetables. However, the Indonesian people's favorite is fruit salad. Fruit salad consisting of Pineapple, Cucumber, various types of Guava, Papaya, Bengkoang, Kedondong, Mango and other fruits which are then sliced thin. The salad is served with palm sugar, chili and peanut sauce which tastes sweet and spicy. The salad can also be smeared or mixed together or by dipping. Apparently, rujak is not only a meal, but also provides various health benefits. Contains nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamins A, B and C that are needed by the body. The combination of fruits and sauces that blend well together feels right and is delicious on the tongue.
Usually, rujak is sold in stalls, rujak around using a cart is easy to find even in traditional markets. The price is cheap, nutrition for health can be obtained. So, don't hesitate to try the sensation of fresh rujak with palm sugar, chili, and peanut sauce mixed together. It will definitely be addicted even though the majority of rujak connoisseurs are women (women). It is also possible that men also like rujak. Thus information about rujak as one of the traditional fruit salad dishes that are easy to find in Indonesia.