Pesan, a Tasty Balinese Traditional Menu

Pesan, a Tasty Balinese Traditional Menu

Pesan or pepes is a Balinese traditional menu that is quite tasty. This menu is also often called tum or anyang or in accordance with respective region. Shape of the package is also different where in general there are three shapes, namely longwise upward rectangle, while others may wrap it like wrapped rice and sideline

Pesan or pepes is a Balinese traditional menu that is quite tasty. This menu is also often called tum or anyang or in accordance with respective region. Shape of the package is also different where in general there are three shapes, namely longwise upward rectangle, while others may wrap it like wrapped rice and sideline longwise rectangle like a pillow. However, they all have the same ingredients and preparation.

For the Hindu communities on the Island of Gods, this pesan menu is also used as a means of offering presented to the ancestors. Yet this one is made simpler or smaller, so it can be easily put into the basket of the offerings. The pesan for offerings is very special as made from selected ingredient such as black chicken, multi-colored chicken and others in accordance with the type of offerings and the level of ceremony.

Well, the pesan menu commonly intended for consumption has larger size. Similarly, the pesan to be sold will have different shape where it is mostly longwise and sideways like pillow. The ingredient also varies. The one for sale is usually made from pork, chicken and fish. Meanwhile, farmers in rural areas usually take advantage of the ingredients obtained from their paddy fields, such as fish, eels, frog, dragonflies and others.

Well, the pesan made from pork is the most easily encountered. This one is usually sold at restaurants and food stalls in rural and urban areas. Besides, it can also be obtained in traditional markets. If local communities organize a ceremony like wedding, pawukon-based birthday (otonan), cremation (ngaben) and others they will definitely make this type of pesan. This means the activities will involve community members in large numbers and this pesan menu will be served. Local community is very familiar with this menu.

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Ingredient of this pesan menu is selected meat such as ham, skin and blood. The seasoning consists of onion, garlic, pepper and chili plus salt according to taste. Do not forget to add bay leaves to remove fishy smell ​​as well as increase the delicious aroma. People in rural areas regularly mix the ingredients with other supplement such as banana heart and banana underground steam and others.

Its preparation is very simple. First of all, chop the meat to become smooth. While chopping, please be filled with blood so the meat turns red. The skin is boiled and then sliced thin and into small size. Seasoning of onion, garlic, and chili are sliced ​​into small part. Then, the chopped meat is mixed together with seasoning well. Add some salt according to your taste.

When having a little stock of meat, people usually mix with grated coconut to get more batter. Next, wrap the batter with banana leaves and affix each end of the wrap with bamboo spin. Each wrap is filled with a bay leaf to balance cholesterol. Then, steam them for about 20 minutes. Ultimately, take out and it’s ready to serve. (BTN/015)



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