Es Cendol, Iced Sweet Dessert from Indonesia

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Cendol is an iced sweet dessert that contains droplets of green rice flour jelly, coconut milk, and palm sugar syrup. It is commonly found in Southeast Asia and is popular in Indonesia.

The origin of cendol as traditional food is not clear, and this sweet drink is widely spread across Southeast Asia. However, one suggestion is that cendol originated in Java, Indonesia as dawet. The Javanese name of “dawet” was recorded in early 19th century Javanese manuscript of Serat Centhini, composed between 1814 and 1823 in Surakarta, Central Java.

The dodol dawet (Javanese for “selling dawet”) is performed during the Midodareni ceremony, a day before the wedding. In Javanese tradition, dawet or cendol is a part of the traditional Javanese wedding ceremony. After the siraman bridal shower, the parents would sell dawet to the attending guests and relatives. The guest paid the dawet using terracotta coins that would be given to the bride as a symbol of family earnings. The symbolic meaning was as the parents’ hope that the tomorrow wedding would be attended by a lot of guests, “as plenty as the cendol jellies that being sold.

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