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27 November 2011 / leggypeggy

Like a kid in a candy store (11 photos)

Rice flour or plain flour? Plain, she said. I wonder.

The other day I was behaving like a kid in a candy store—or as we would say in Australia, like a kid in a lolly shop.

But what am I saying? For a short while, I WAS that kid in a candy store. You should have seen me! I was in the Gemah Ripah shop on the main street of Yogyakarta. It had everything you could think of from sweet or sour to salty and spicy, from gummy and chewy to hard and crunchy.

The best thing was that the lass who served us knew what she was talking about.

What’s that battered curly green stuff? Cassava leaves. And the flat green stuff? Peanut leaves. Are these potato chips/crisps? Nope, the pale ones are banana and those orange ones are chilli potato chips. Those multi-coloured wafers are made of rice, right? No, flour. And what are those pink and yellow lumps? Coconut (and now I forget what she said the other main ingredient was).

The shop had acres and acres of goodies. The walls were plastered with temptations, and the floors had jar after jar of mysteries to sample. I could have spent hours there—tasting anything she’d let me have, pointing at every packet and jar, and grilling her on the ingredients and cooking techniques.

How I managed to get out of there with only four purchases, I will never know. Oh hang on, I do know. Poor John hustled me out of there before I did exactly that. Spoil sport.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Nov 27 2011 6:05 pm

    Hi Peggy,
    From what I know, Poor John must be one strong hustler! I too find it difficult to believe that you bought only four items with such a vast quantity to choose from! A cook’s heaven by the sounds of it. I guess that’s one of the places where you’ll be headed when next you go.



  2. Brian Lageose / Aug 10 2016 10:22 am

    This place has “temptation” written all over it… 😉

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