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Exploring the Unique Delight of Cocorot: A Tasikmalaya Culinary Gem

Senin, 03 Juni 2024 - 06:11 | 12.43k
Cocorot with its unique and distinctive shape and cover. (Photo: Harniwan Obech/TIMES Indonesia)
Cocorot with its unique and distinctive shape and cover. (Photo: Harniwan Obech/TIMES Indonesia)

TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – Among the distinctive culinary delights of Kota Tasikmalaya that captures attention is the cocorot cake. This traditional snack, resembling a cone or funnel, wrapped in coconut leaves, presents a visually unique appearance that beckons curious palates to indulge.

Cocorot, a beloved Tasikmalaya delicacy, is a time-honored treat deeply rooted in local culinary traditions. Crafted from humble ingredients, cocorot embodies simplicity yet boasts an exquisite taste that leaves a lasting impression on those who try it. The main components include rice flour, intricately mixed with the sweetness of brown sugar or coconut sugar. This concoction is then carefully wrapped in coconut leaves or janur, a process that infuses the cake with a distinct aroma and flavor during the steaming process.

Dina Rosyana (34), an SME entrepreneur specializing in Cocorot cuisine, residing on Jalan Bojong Tengah, Cipedes, Kota Tasikmalaya, West Java, shared insights with TIMES Indonesia about this traditional food. According to Dina, the process of making cocorot is relatively simple, yet the result is exceptionally delightful. It boasts a sweet, rich flavor with a soft, slightly chewy texture.

The way to consume it is also unique, by peeling off the coconut leaf wrapping in a twisting motion. Cocorot is typically enjoyed with a cup of warm tea or coffee, making it the perfect companion to satisfy hunger pangs. Despite being made from simple ingredients and belonging to the snacks of yesteryears, the community's enthusiasm for cocorot is quite substantial.

Foreign tourists visiting Tasikmalaya have also expressed their admiration for cocorot. One tourist remarked, "I had the pleasure of trying cocorot during my visit to Tasikmalaya, and I must say, it's an absolute delight! The combination of sweet flavors and unique texture made it an unforgettable culinary experience." This sentiment echoes the sentiments of many who have had the chance to savor this Tasikmalaya specialty.

For those planning a trip to Indonesia, especially to Tasikmalaya, trying cocorot is a must. It offers not just a taste of tradition but also a glimpse into the rich culinary heritage of the region. Its simplicity belies its complexity of flavors, making it a beloved treat for locals and tourists alike. So, if you find yourself in Tasikmalaya, don't miss out on the opportunity to sample cocorot - it's a culinary adventure waiting to be discovered.

"I had the pleasure of trying cocorot during my visit to Tasikmalaya, and I must say, it's an absolute delight! The combination of sweet flavors and unique texture made it an unforgettable culinary experience. If you're visiting Indonesia, don't miss out on trying cocorot, it's a taste of tradition you won't regret exploring," Emily, a foreign tourist from Los Angeles said on his YouTube channel. (*)

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