Tasty Sweet Lak-lak, a Bali Traditional Cake

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Having breakfast with yellow porridge or nasi jinggo in Bali is too common. In the island of a thousand temples, various traditional snacks are often consumed by local residents for breakfast. One of them is lak-lak.

Lak-lak is a typical culinary from Singaraja, North Bali. Unlike the common original Singaraja food which has a spicy flavor, lak-lak is dominated by sweet elements. Lak-lak is made out of rice flour and sugar mixed with suji leaves or masak leaves. The cake is served with shredded coconut and palm sugar as the toppings.

Lak-lak includes as rare traditional food. It is quite difficult to find the cake in big cities like Denpasar and Gianyar. One place to visit is Kerobokan area, precisely on Jalan Raya Canggu.

The Rama tavern is specialized in selling such sweet snacks located in 15-minute away from Tanah Lot. When visited in May 2017, Rama has operated for 2 years. However, the place is widely known by local residents. Every morning, many visitors stop by to try out lak-lak while chatting.

Despite in this present era, Rama’s Lak-lak still retains the traditional cooking methods by using stoves and charcoal. The cooking utensils are still made of clay. According to the tavern owner Rama, such traditional method preserved the authentic taste of lak-lak.

The sweet taste of lak-lak is suitable for coffee times. Moreover, the coffee served in this shop comes from original Balinese coffee seeds which roasted and pounded manually.

Lak-lak is priced at Rp1,000 per each. While the coffee at Rp3,000 per cup. In addition, olen-olen or cake made from black sticky rice is also available along with pisang rai, a steamed banana coated with rice flour.

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