Don’t you just love how the rain sounds against your window? The grey sky brings comfort somehow. But what better comfort than having something warm to eat?
- Tempe Mendoan
Tempe Mendoan or more commonly known as Mendoan is a typical food from Banyumas, Central Java. Mendoan is considered to be derived from the word Mendo which means half-cooked or mushy in the Banyumas language. I know what you mean, fried food for cold weather? Fascinatingly enough, eating this on a rainy day can warm up your body. The crispiness of the outer edge of the tempeh and the softness of the middle part make such a wonderful couple, add a sweet chili soy sauce to dip and hot tea or coffee and you’re all set.
- Wedang Ronde
Wedang Ronde is one of the many traditional drinks from Central Java that are made from ginger. Since it is made from ginger, Wedang Ronde has a throat-warming taste making it the perfect dish to have when it’s raining. Wedang Ronde is similar to Sekoteng especially because of ginger as their main component. The glutinous rice balls in Wedang Ronde usually contain peanuts and brown sugar. With the addition of fresh bread, these sticky rice balls are bathed with ginger broth and topped with fried peanuts.
Bakso was discovered to be Chinese-Indonesian, as shown by the word ‘Bakso,’ which originates from the words Bak and So, which is Hokkien for ground beef. Meatballs are made from ground beef mixed with tapioca flour and formed into little balls. Meatballs are commonly made from beef, but others include fish, chicken, shrimp, and buffalo meat. The meatballs are served hot with a clear sauce, usually, noodles and vermicelli, fried dumplings, and fried onions for the finishing touch. The warming sensation of course comes from the broth. The meatballs can be filled with numerous food; eggs, chili, or even smaller meatballs.
- Kembang Tahu
Kembang Tahu is a hot tofu drink that is popular in Java. Usually eaten at night, when the weather is cold, or in the rainy season. This drink uses ginger-type soup which can soothe the throat and body. Kembang Tahu is also soft, suitable to eat when you are not feeling well.
- Mie Rebus Indomie
Indomie is now globally known, there are even wider varieties of flavors all around the world, depending on the national preference. The best type of Indomie to have in the rainy season is the stew or broth type, and the perfect pairing for this is a half-boiled egg. If you feel like it’s missing something, add chopped chillis in there. Eating this will always satisfy you, it’ll warm you right up. A little side-note, the more unappealing it looks, the more delicious it’ll taste.
There are a lot more dishes that will be perfect for the cold rainy season. The purpose of these delicious delicacies are all the same however, that is to warm up our bodies against the cold air and in the end will make us feel more at ease to have a well-deserved rest.