Food or drink? It is difficult to identify this one Acehnese culinary. But let’s forget about that for a moment and focus on its delicious taste. After tasting it, let your tongue decides.
The diversity of tribes and cultures in Aceh also enriches the culinary treasures in Aceh Province. Each region has its own culinary characteristics. Not infrequently, even though the culinary have same forms, tastes, and processing, they have different names. One of them is pisang thok, which is a culinary process made from fresh bananas. In Simeulue Regency, this culinary is called memek. Are you curious about its taste?
Pisang thok is arguably a home-made culinary that still continues to exist today. Currently there are many stalls or roadside carts that sell them.
Thok in Acehnese language means pounded. It is called pisang thok because this culinary presentation process is done by crushing the fresh bananas until soft. In the past, the pulverizing process was done manually using a glass or banana stem. Along with the development of the times, the method began to be abandoned, changing with a more practical tool using a blender.
The ingredient needed to mix pisang thok is also quite easy. The main raw material is banana milk (banana abin). It is blended with a mixture of granulated sugar, a little salt, a sweet thick cream or coconut milk. Then, the mixture is served with the crunchy rice chips topping. This drink best served cold.
Only by exchanging a sheet of IDR 10,000, you can get a glass of delicious pisang thok. This drink will eliminate thirst as well as hungry.
This benefits combination makes some of pisang thok fans call it as an Acehnese energy drink.
This cuisine is easily found in the area of Jalan Rama Setia Banda Aceh. Since five o’clock in the afternoon, this area has begun to be crowded with culinary traders. In this area, pisang thok is sold with various other drinks such as fruit juice. The cart that sells pisang thok is very easy to mark. There are usually milk bananas which are hung on the cart.
In Simeulue, pisang thok or memek are special culinary delights. It often served as a snack menu on important occasions such as welcoming special guests. You also want to taste it, don’t you?
Reporter : Munawar Hafizhi
Photographer : Mustawazir
Editor : Ayu ‘Ulya