Kue gapit

Kue gapit
Whole (left) and partial kue gapit; scale bar shows 1 cm / 1″
Type Snack (Kue)
Place of origin Indonesia
Region or state Cirebon
Main ingredients
  • Tapioca
  • Egg
Cookbook: Kue gapit  Media: Kue gapit

Kue gapit is an Indonesian kue kering (dry snack) which originates from Cirebon, West Java. Generally made from tapioca flour, its name comes from the cooking process, in which it is grilled between iron molds like a waffle. The snack comes in a variety of shapes and flavors. Though it is a popular souvenir among visitors to Cirebon, residents of the region rarely eat it.

Preparation

One recipe for kue gapit from the Indonesian magazine Femina calls for wheat and rice flour, chicken eggs, coconut water, salt, sugar, and cinnamon. The egg is first beaten, then the cinnamon and sugar is mixed in. Once it has been absorbed by the mixture, the flour and salt is added, and this concoction is mixed further. After adding the coconut water, a tablespoon of the mixture is added to iron molds and grilled between them until cooked. This is repeated until the mixture is used up. The resulting kue are then stored for later consumption.[1] Generally, however, tapioca is used rather than this mix of flours. The kue can be eaten on its own, or as a side dish.[2]

Numerous flavors are available, including chocolate, sesame seed, cheese, ginger, prawn, and balado (spicy).[3] Additional flavorings are added during the mixing process.[4] The molds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, though those with waffle-like square patterns are common; molds with space for more than one kue are available.[2][4]

Description

The name gapit comes from the cooking process, in which the kue are cooked between iron molds; this is known as mengapit in Indonesian. Kue gapit can be differentiated from semprong and simping, which are prepared in a similar fashion, by its size. Whereas simping, which originates from Purwakarta, is large and thin, gapit is smaller and thicker.[3][5]

The cakes are traditional in the Cirebon area of West Java. Other snacks from the region include lantak, ladu, doplak, klitik, and intip gunung jati.[6] Kue gapit is frequently purchased as a souvenir (oleh-oleh), and production is a common source of income in the region.[3] In the lead up to Lebaran, sales are known to double.[4] However, the local residents of Cirebon rarely eat the kue; the Cirebon Post attributes this to a lack of knowledge of the food's heritage value and the ready availability of factory-produced snacks.[7]

See also

References

  1. "Kue Gapit". Femina (via MSN.com) (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Kalau Sudah Duduk Lupa Berdiri" [Once You Sit, You Forget to Stand Up]. Koran Jakarta (in Indonesian). 14 November 2014. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 Ida Romlah (4 August 2014). "Terus Berinovasi dengan Rasa Kue Gapit" [Always Innovating with Flavors of Kue Gapit]. Kompas (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 Zeyka Apika (17 October 2014). "Kue Gapit Diminati Konsumen" [Kue Gapit Craved by Consumers]. Fajar News (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  5. Angga Indrawan (7 September 2014). "Menyentuh Kalbu di Masjid Agung" [Touching the Soul at the Great Mosque]. Republika (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  6. Nieza (2009). Jalan-Jalan Ke Cirebon: Sega Jamblang Sampai Batik Trusmian [Travelling to Cirebon: From Jamblang Rice to Trusmian Batik] (in Indonesian). Gramedia. p. 75. ISBN 978-979-22-4996-5.
  7. Imam (14 October 2014). "Kue Gapit, Camilan Khas Cirebon yang Mulai Dilupakan" [Kue Gapit, a Traditional Snack of Cirebon that Is Being Forgotten]. Cirebon Post. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
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