Cilok - Tapioca Dough in Peanut Sauce

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins

Serves: 8


  • Cilok
  • 100 gram all purpose flour (Indonesian: tepung terigu)
  • 100 gram tapioca flour (Indonesian: tepung tapioka)
  • 2-3 scallions (Indonesian: daun bawang), thinly sliced
  • 1.5-2 tablespoon dried shrimps (Indonesian: ebi), toasted and ground
  • 3 cloves garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih), grated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 200 ml warm water
  • You may need
  • bamboo skewers
  • toothpicks
  • Peanut sauce
  • 100 gram roasted peanut (Indonesian: kacang tanah sangrai)
  • 1 clove garlic (Indonesian: bawang putih)
  • 3-5 red chilies (Indonesian: cabe merah keriting)
  • 25 gram palm sugar (Indonesian: gula Jawa)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: kecap manis)
  • 100 ml hot water


  • Cilok
    1. Combine all purpose flour, tapioca flour, scallions, dried shrimps, garlic, salt, sugar, and ground white pepper in a mixing bowl.
    2. Pour water in batches and work into the dough until no longer sticky, you may not need to use all the water. If you end up with a runny dough, you can fix it by adding equal amount of all purpose flour and tapioca flour. Shape into 1 inch balls and set aside.
    3. For boiled cilok: Bring a pot of water to boil. Gently drop the balls into the boiling water and cook until they float to the surface. Remove with a slotted spoon. It is traditional to skewer about 3 to 4 balls per bamboo skewer. Serve immediately with peanut sauce.
    4. For fried cilok: Deep fry the balls in hot oil until crispy and golden brown. Remove from hot oil and serve immediately with peanut sauce.
  • Peanut sauce
    1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and sauté garlic and chilies until fragrant and cooked, about 3 minutes.
    2. In a food processor, grind together peanut, garlic, and chili into a fine paste. Transfer this into a bowl.
    3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together to make the peanut sauce.

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