Sala Lauak & Pragede Jaguang : Snacking in Padang

We all have our own little ‘guilty pleasure‘ kind of dish. Ignasius Chan (owner of Iggy’s Singapore) secret late night indulgent is Ma-Ling canned processed meat. I myself when in doubt, I usually go for Fiesta’s Fried Karaage. They are just so good that it keeps you wanting more, and it somehow possess this ability to make you crave after departing from them for a while.

I guess it is what Perkedel Jagung for Dina of Dua Ransel. I could see her eyes glow upon seeing this on the street side of Pasar Atas, Padang. We were around the area of Jam Gadang, and decided to take our own stroll inside the famous market when we met this gerobak parked among the lines delman.

I was curious with the name, googled it and turns out it is one of the local’s specialty. Sala Lauak is said to be part of Pariaman culinary. Another coastal city 50km north of Padang. Sala means fried, while Lauak means fish. When tasted it does has the aroma of salted fish, but not of the flavor, a bit soft but still harder than a perkedel. I reckon it has been modified from the original recipe in Pariaman.

If I had to choose though, I’d have more of Pragede Jaguang. It was sweet with a strong dominance of corn all over. Crunchy without forgoing the texture of the corn. I imagine dipping it in a homemade sauce or chili, it would be just perfect.

What’s funny around this area is that it is so populated with people and tourist but they seem to be less interested with the history. Upin and Ipin made appearance here along with Sonic The Hedgehog and Mario Bros. Just as with many tourist spot, it has become more of a money-making venture than an attempt to preserve the story. What do they have to do with Jam Gadang? I haven’t got a clue. Well, I’m happy at least we could still trace some of the story from the food.

More Padang & Bukittinggi stories coming. But before that, I’ll be leaving for another two weeks trip. I won’t be able to write much without my gears. But I make sure I’ll come back with heaps of stories and pictures. =)

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