Each region in Indonesia has its own specialized drink, some are tea based, some are spice based, some has milk in them, and some even has raw eggs à la egg nog! Some of these are touted to have health benefits, especially ones categorized as jamu (traditional herbal drink), but even if the claim is dubious, they are all unique and delicious on its own. It is pretty sad that our traditional drinks are slowly falling out of fashion and replaced by the ubiquitous tea and coffee houses, serving the exact same drink that one can find the world over. It is only in a more traditional shop that one can still find this kind of traditional drinks.
In the spirit of not letting these drinks die a horrible death, I have tried to introduce them here, ranging from wedang jahe, wedang teh susu, wedang ronde, wedang jahe sereh, sari asam jawa, kopi lethok, to bajigur. Now I give to you bidh-dheng pokak, a spice based drink from Madura. The most prominent spice in this drink is ginger, which will warm you up in colder weather. Other spices that made up this drink are: cinnamon, cloves, star anise, black pepper, lemongrass, and pandan leaves. If you have access to all the ingredients, do give this lovely drink a try. 🙂
- 5 cups water
- 100 gram ginger (Indonesian: jahe), peeled and bruised
- 2 lemongrass (Indonesian: sereh), bruised and knotted
- 2 pandan leaves (Indonesian: daun pandan), knotted
- 2 inch cinnamon stick (Indonesian: kayu manis)
- 4 cloves (Indonesian: cengkeh)
- 2 star anise (Indonesian: pekak/bunga lawan)
- ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorn (Indonesian: merica hitam butir)
- 125 gram sugar, or to taste
- Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, and let steep for another 10 minutes.
- Strain into serving glasses, serve hot or warm.