I once tweeted about the idea of me exploring Indonesian local foods more and share it on my blog. I also am dreaming about writing a book : Taste of Indonesia. Then one of my friend did response to my tweet and he said that Babi Panggang Karo (Karo-styled Roast Pig or people simply call it BPK) should be on my list. I was like… what the hell? WHAT IS THAT?
It’s actually uncommon here in Indonesia to mention about any kind of pork meals or products since Muslim forms the majority of Indonesian population. And I feel really bad for writing this, but I wish it’s okay. After all, BPK is still a kind of Indonesian local foods needed to be exposed, isn’t it? 🙂
Well, later I found out that BPK is one of the most popular dishes in North Sumatra, aside from the extreme dishes like dog… Yes, Batak ethnic in Indonesia does eat dog. My Karonese friend confessed that.
But anyway, this BPK was served with some kind of mashed cassava leaves on the bottom of it and saksang sauce which is simplya chilli sauce with a mixture of congealed blood. Yes, blood.
The good thing is… it doesn’t tastes like blood at all and in fact, it tasted really good! Even though my friend keep on telling creepy stories like how Batak people kill the dog before cooking it, I still can taste how chewy and savory this one is.
It’s kinda different with the pig roast I usually had. I used to have a Chinese-style pig roast named char siu (叉燒), which is sooooo tender and sweet. But this one is a lot chewy. And it’s also totally different with Balinese pig roast! Not even closed.
One portion of BPK comes together with a bowl of hot salty oily soup, saksang sauce, and steam rice. And note that people love to eat with their hands in Indonesia, I mean, without spoon and fork. But I am not up into doing it that moment. In fact, the only place I do that was in McDonald. So I had myself a pair of spoon and fork.
Up for a drink? I had a cup of cold passion fruit syrup drink. It’s also a well known drink from North Sumatra. My mom usually bought some and put it on our fridge. How I miss home just by drinking this.
Babi Panggang Karo : checked! Although I prefer Chinese-style pig roast much much much better, this one is worth a try.
Ah, Indonesia does offer so many kind of foods I can’t refuse, don’t you think? I really can’t wait for my next local food tasting experience!