If you’ve been following our culinary exploits closely, I’m certain that you’d be familiar with the term Asinan. Derived from the word asin – salty in English – Asinan is a refreshing treat that can be easily obtained in Jakarta. Now, there are two types of Asinan: Asinan Buah and Asinan Sayur. The former comprises cut fruits such as snake fruit, mango and pineapple, while the latter consists of vegetables and peanut sauce. But which is best? For this occasion, I’ll compare the two by tucking into them at Asinan Ny. Isye – one of the most popular Asinan joints in town.
The cut fruits come in chunks and I was pleased that the sauce here combines perfectly with the fruits. Taste-wise, it’s refreshingly sweet and sour, enhanced further by the tartness of the fruits and its spicy aftertaste. All in all, the perfect appetiser for a hot sunny day.
Although I personally love the size of the fruit chunks, a few of my colleagues found them a wee too large for their liking. Compared to other places, the Asinan Buah here lacks in variety when it comes to the fruit selection.
The highlight of this dish is the fresh vegetables used. It has everything – from crunchy cabbage cuts to crispy lettuce. They go well with the accompanying tofu and peanut sauce, and it wouldn’t ruin your diet too.
The Kerupuk Mie (yellow noodle cracker) that comes with the Asinan is as hard as stone and nigh on impossible to bite through.
The Asinan Buah wins this round hands down. I love the proportions of the fruits and its refreshing flavours.