Aci snacks are now very popular, including cireng to cipuk. Some of the names of these aci snacks are now listed in the Big Indonesian Dictionary (KBBI). Here’s the list!
Originating from West Java, this all-round snack has many fans in Indonesia. This is because of its delicious chewy texture. Usually aci snacks are also given a mix of spicy savory spices as a flavor enhancer.
Apart from being delicious, it’s a snack ok attract attention with their unique sounding names. Usually this name is an acronym with the element ‘aci’ as part.
Starting from naming fad which refers to the ingredients or the technique of making it, now several names of aci snacks have been included in the Big Indonesian Dictionary (KBBI). That is, the name of this all-round snack becomes part of the rich Indonesian vocabulary.
Wikipedian lover of the Indonesian language, Ivan Lanin shares information on the name of aci snacks that have entered the KBBI. The information he revealed on Instagram (8/3/2022):
The word ‘cireng’ is included in the KBBI, it is described as a food made from starch and water. Photo: Instagram
Cireng is an acronym for ‘aci goreng’ which indicates the main ingredients for making this snack, along with how to process it. In its official description, cireng is called, « A confectionary made from starch and water which is shaped flat and then fried, served with peanut sauce. »
In addition to peanut sauce, cireng is actually now also widely sold with chili sauce or rujak seasoning. It tastes sour, sweet, and refreshing because it is made from cayenne pepper, brown sugar, tamarind water, grilled shrimp paste, and sugar.
Cipuk is an aci snack whose name comes from the aci cracker acronym. Photo: Instagram cincaohejo
The name of this aci snack may not be too familiar to Indonesian ears. Is cipuk which is an acronym for ‘ok shrimp crisp’. The KBBI notes cipuk as « a snack made from tapioca flour mixed with wet crackers and fried. »
This snack is famous for its soft and chewy texture. Crackers that are commonly used as a mixture are colorful onion crackers. Cipuk is made with salt, pepper, broth powder, and crushed garlic.
Cilok, a popular snack sold at street vendors. Photo: Special
The next name for aci snack that is included in the KBBI is cilok. Many people already know that it stands for ‘aci dicolok’. KBBI calls it a « snack made of tapioca, round in shape resembling a meatball, filled with lard, meat, and so on, usually served with sauce, soy sauce, peanut sauce, and so on. »
In Jakarta, many cilok are peddled by street vendors. The price is around IDR 1,000 per stick. My favorite cilok is the chewy texture that fits perfectly with the fat/gajih filling which is also chewy and savory.
The original ingredient is only starch, Cimol is now also available in a premium version with mozzarella cheese filling. Photo: Instagram
Cimol is an abbreviation of ‘aci digemol’. In the KBBI, cimol is described as « starch dough that is shaped like meatballs and steamed, served with peanut sauce. » But this description attracted some netizens. They also commented on Ivan Lanin’s upload.
Because they believe that cimol is fried, not steamed. The companion is also not peanut sauce, usually in the form of savory and spicy seasoning powder. « Cimol is fried, » said a netizen.
The word cimin which is an abbreviation of cireng mini is also included in the KBBI. Photo: Instagram fitriyas_widodo
One more snack ok whose name has entered the KBBI. Cimin is short for ‘cireng mini’. Cimin is written with the explanation « Snacks made from boiled sago dough and then fried with beaten eggs, usually flavored with balado, sweet corn, and others. »
Cimin is widely peddled around elementary schools (SD). With a price of Rp. 1,000, elementary school children usually eat cimin after school. The savory and spicy seasoning that sticks to the cimin is liked by many people. There are also sellers who add boiled macaroni in the cimin dough.
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