List Of Indonesia’s Favorite Iftar Menu, Number 5 Is The Most Favorite!
Ramadan is identical with a variety of foods. One that is famous is kolak pisang, but not only kolak pisang that is always available in the iftar menus. There are still many iftar menus that are typical of various regions in Indonesia. For example the following 5 menus.
- Kampiun Porridge This typical Minangkabau food is also always available during Ramadan. Kampiun porridge or commonly called mixed porridge has a complete filling. This sweet-tasting porridge consists of porridge, sweet potato, banana, candil, and black sticky rice. The sweetness of this porridge makes this porridge is favored by many people not only Minangkabau people but also almost all over Indonesia.
- Kicak Kicak is a typical iftar menu from the city of Yogyakarta. This food is popular during the month of Ramadan and is usually sold in the Kauman area. Kicak is made from sticky rice. The sweetness can indeed arouse appetite after fasting for a full day.
- Lepat Gayo Want to taste a special menu of Ramadan from Aceh? If you visit Aceh during the fasting month, you will see many sellers selling Lepat Gayo. Lepat Gayo itself is the same as lepat cake in general made from sticky rice flour, palm sugar, and grated coconut.
- Jojongkong Jojongkong is a typical food from Lampung which is also always available during Ramadan. Jojongkong is similar to sumsum porridge, which has a sweet and savory mixture of coconut milk plus brown sugar. This jojongkong porridge is also a Chinese heritage culinary favorite menu during the fasting month.
- Fried Food
One of the habits of Indonesian people when iftar is to eat fried foods, ranging from bakwan, risol, fried tempeh, fried tofu, and others. Fried is a mandatory menu for Indonesians when iftar comes.Among the five foods above, the most popular is fried food, however, behind its tasty taste, there are some bad effects if you eat too much fried.
Bad Effects From Break Fasting With Fried Food
The fat content in the oil in fried foods makes fried foods difficult to digest, especially when fried foods are the first food you eat when Iftar comes. Because it is difficult to digest, the process of digesting fried foods will take a long time and can disrupt and inhibit the digestive tract to digest other nutrients.
Breaking fast with fried foods may cause issues that felt differently by each person. If you have a sensitive digestion, fried foods can stimulate increased stomach acid which may cause heartburn (feeling of burning or burning around the upper abdomen). The saturated fat content in fried foods can also cause stomach acid to rise.
In addition, the difficulty of fat for digestion and the very low fiber content in fried foods can cause constipation. Some of you may also feel an itchy throat after eating fried foods. This is because there is an acrolein content in fried foods which causes itching. This acrolein is formed in oil that has been used many times.
Healthier Alternative Foods for Fasting
To prevent digestive problems that can occur due to consumption of fried foods, you should limit consumption of fried foods, especially as an iftar menu. If you want to eat fried foods, you should cook them yourself with new cooking oil. Fried foods bought from the streets usually uses oil that has been used repeatedly so that it can trigger the formation of substances that are harmful to the body and health.
In addition, you can also try other food alternatives as an iftar menu instead of breaking fast with fried foods. Some examples of appetizers that are healthier than fried foods, such as dimsum which cooking process is only being steamed, or also can be a variety of fruits and yogurt.
Why is Yogurt Good for Suhoor and Iftar Menu?
Yogurt, is a very good option to be consumed during the month of Ramadan as suhoor and iftar menu. YoyiC yogurt, which has widely available in the market, contains live lactobacillus bacteria which beneficial for your digestion.
According to nutrition experts, good bacteria will work optimally when the stomach is empty. That is why yogurt is good to be consumed as a suhoor and iftar menu, so that your digestion can be well protected.
Do not eat oily foods such as fried foods too much. Apart from damaging the digestive system’s performance, this can hoard bad fats which also trigger obesity. That’s why, don’t forget to drink one bottle of YoyiC at Suhoor, and one bottle of YoyiC when iftar!