Photo: Krupuk anyone?

Cottage Industry Tour

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In the small villages around Pangandaran many people eke out a living producing traditional wares in their homes and an interesting half day tour can be made checking them out.





Set aside a lazy day and you can visit a krupuk factory—a traditional fish and tapioca flour based snack; a palm sugar producer and coconut industries where among other things, doormats are manufactured. Add in a stop at the local markets to round off the day.

Everything you ever wanted to know about krupuk. Photo taken in or around Cottage Industry Tour, Pangandaran, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Everything you ever wanted to know about krupuk. Photo: Sally Arnold

If you’d had Chinese takeaway, you’ve probably tried a soggy prawn cracker. Krupuk is the generic onomatopoeic name in Indonesian for crackers of this type, but covers a vast range of snacks. The local version in Pangandaran is a flat round cracker about ten centimetres in diameter and two centimetres thick that looks like it’s made of a filigree of noodles. They are generally white or yellow and made from a mix of tapioca flour, fish and spices—turmeric adding the bright yellow colour. This light, crunchy, tasty snack is a far cry from the Chinese takeaway version and is a popular accompaniment to most meals here.

Padasuka, a small home factory about five kilometres west of Pangandaran, produces about 500 kilograms per day, that’s a lot of krupuk considering they only weigh a few grams each. Operations are mostly in the morning when you can see huge vats of fish being boiled and mixed with the other ingredients, forced through a machine that produces a three dimensional spirograph of noodles much smaller than the finished product. These are then steamed to yield a translucent, almost plastic-like appearance, then dried in the sun for a day before they are dropped into woks of boiling coconut oil when they magically expand to almost three time their original size. Drop in and be sure to buy a packet of the tasty, slightly salty, slightly sweet, hardy fishy at all, snacks—you won’t taste fresher. It’s hard to ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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