Saturday, 26 March 2016

Kerepek Belinjau

Fried snack
RM3.80/100 g

This is a bitter crisp made from the flesh of a berry from a big wild tree. The unripe green berries turn red when ripe. The berries are collected and steamed and then pounded into thin slices and dried under the sun. They are deep fried in hot oil and served dry, without any traces of oil. They taste bitter and children do not enjoy eating them. Adults and the elderly enjoy these bitter crisps as they are thought to posses medicinal properties - against what? Probably diabetes. Indonesia produces a lot of this Kerepek Blinjo. It is not keropok, but kerepek.