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AMPO - Traditional Food From Tuban, West Java, Indonesia, using Clay as The Ingredient)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Have you ever felt eating a baked clay? What it was like eating a baked clay?
If you maybe a stay at Tuban, Jawa Timur, Indonesia, you will fell it and according to them, the taste is like usual chocolate that we eat.

Food from clay, named the 'Ampo' has become a traditional food in Tuban. That is believed from Tuban community that it can strengthen their digestive system. Even eating clay is also believed to be a drug that can treat several kinds of diseases.

Tuban is the only place in the world who eat baked clay.
Indeed there are other people in the world who like to eat sand, and other strange objects, but no one ate baked clay.

According Rasima, the seller Ampo, saying that there is no special recipe for cooking Ampo. She's just looking for a clean soil free from gravel, then crushed and compacted so that a square form.
Then, overcome it with a stick and shape it like rolls.
Land that has been rolled up and then burned and smoked for 1 hour, then be as a snack or light meal ready to eat.
Rasima usually sell in the market and one day she can have income of about 20000 IDR (about 2 USD) to support her family.
Rasima also said that if she likes to eat when she was a little girl and eat Ampo since Ampo can cool her stomach.

How to make Ampo?

1. Separate Clay With Gravel and Sand
At this stage the clay sorted out between the soft and rough. As well as making dough snacks, then the uniformity of the soil determines the enjoyment and the resulting of snack later.

2. Forms Clay Being Boxes

If we could see, its just like make the pie, yes here too. But its make the dough clay an advanced form of the box. The "chef" shows that the clay is ready to baked. If we can form it into boxes, it means the composition of soil and water were evenly on each piece of dough. Dough characteristics dull clay had not seen from sticking to the palm of the hand.

3. Being Formed Stick / Bars

The clay dough was then formed into sticks, if you look at first glance similar to the manufacture of wafer manufacture stick

4. Baking the Clay

Once the clay is formed into sticks, then baked on a traditional stove until set and dry for about 1 hour. As shown in the drawings, clay placed over the pan to the heating and wood stove.
5. Ready to Serve
After all processes traversed the clay ready to be served at the table to be friends chat.


Bimo said...

Woow .. Amazing it's local wisdom
but according to the research, the clay is good for health and beauty :)

btw, thanks for visiting my blog today (

X... said...

Olá, sou Adriano Alfanio e sou do Brazil. Muito bom saber que há ramificações do nome dos meus avós, espalhados ao redor do mundo. Minhas raízes vieram da Itália é somente isso que sei.
Conheça o meu trabalho:

Anonymous said...

are you the same writer of this ? your material is exactly the same.

Thomas Alfanio said...

@primoseto :
definitely not. i took it from when it was a Hot Thread. I only translating into English. So everybody in this world will know a great traditional dish from Indonesia.

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