Karedok as a Sundanese Spicy Cuisine


Antoni S., Kusdinar W., Gilang, Shandika S., Devi R., Santi


SMK Islam Paniis



Karedok is a Sundanese food that at first glance is similar to Gado-gado. Karedok is made up from raw vegetables and is poured by peanut sauce. There are two ways to serve this food, the steamed or raw one is great, it depends on our interest. Karedok can also be found in various places, especially in a local store. Many people think that Karedok comes from Jakarta, however Karedok is actually a typical Sundanese food that can be found in many parts of Indonesia. 

How is it served?

Karedok is made up from raw vegetable ingredients including: cucumber, bean sprouts, cabbage, long beans, basil leaves, and eggplant. While the sauce is made up from red chili, garlic, aromatic ginger, peanuts, tamarind water, Javanese sugar, salt, and shrimp paste. This spiciness of the peanut sauce and the smell of great basil leaves can be appetizing to people who are into spicy food. Also, one of the characteristics of this traditional cuisine is using burned oncom. 

How do people eat it?

Usually, Karedok can be eaten raw/boiled/steamed. The difference between eating it raw or boiled: (1) if it's eaten raw, it's more of a "diet". The importance of natural enzymes contained in this food, makes our bodies do not need to produce enzymes too much to digest this food. (2) if it is eaten boiled, this food provides its own benefits to the food. However, cooking can also reduce some of the nutritional value in the food. This is what makes the raw Karedok better than cooked one. There are also those that are served with spices, which can be processed into lotek, karedok, or reuceun dishes.

So, Karedok cannot be separated from the Sundanese habit of eating something close to their lives. Although Karedok is Sundanese food, now the food is not only found on the side of the road, but is now easy to find also in cafes and classy restaurants because they want to add the cultural value. In addition, Karedok is also often found in stalls or shops that sell processed foods from vegetables or fruits such as Lotek, Pecel, and Rujak stalls.


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