Deep-Fried Devils!

February 21, 2011 at 5:52 am | Posted in iseng, katarsis, sekedar | 22 Comments
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On being smart in the age of Internet or why we the living should celebrate our pre-Internet stupidity when we used to eat cakwe and sate usus without worrying or thinking too much about what they really are except that they are cakwe and sate usus, and so damn tasty!

I’m craving cakwe now. Care to know why I crave cakwe? No, you don’t, but I’m going to tell you anyway. That’s because I just had chicken porridge served with a not-too-delicious sate usus for breakfast this morning; def it wasn’t the sate usus I would die for during my not-so-happy childhood years; as a boy who was neither strong, nor smart; but still it was a sate usus; and suddenly and inexplicably, when I ate it, I felt that painful longing for the old days when all the women I had a crush on were flat-chested and always broke into tears like a girl [well, they were girls, Gentole :|] when they watched that sappy, highly sentimental anime Candy Candy. I never miss those girls, but I do miss cakwe. What is cakwe? Cakwe is…food, a local dish. It’s a…I don’t know how to express how it tastes. Not that it’s ineffable or something, not that it’s so delicious words could never say how the cuisine tastes in your tongue. It’s just that…You’ll probably think I’m exaggerating if I tell you that the dish can give you a sort of tongasm [pronounced: tongue-gasm]; the moment your tongue meets the sour taste of its watery chili sauce; it’s heaven, monami.😐 The reason for my incompetence in telling you what cakwe is like is actually that my English sucks. And I have never read any cook books. I don’t watch AFC either. Let’s just say, in Bahasa Indonesia, pokoknya enak! Hehehe. In my defense, even Obama can only say “semuanya enak!

One of them eats the devils regularly

But this is the age of Internet, right? You can ask the stupidest question in the world and no one will laugh at you (at least not directly, on your face) or think you’re retarded. So I just typed “cakwe” and voila: Our Lord Google Almighty provided me with a list of links to articles explaining quite extensively about what cakwe is. And there you go; a few minutes a go you knew next to nothing about that particular dish except that it tastes good, now you virtually know everything about it; OMG, actually there’s a story behind the naming of the food and why it was made in the first place. And the story is as depressing as any other legends, though not as depressing as that poor Sangkuriang guy who killed his father — who by the way was cursed and turned into a dog —  and screwed his own mother. You know, all legends and fairy tales are damn spooky and depressing; they always have witches and witches are the saddest creatures ever!! But the story of cakwe is a bit different. So, according to the Internet, cakwe or “Yu Za Kuei” is a Chinese food and also a Chinese phrase for, wtf, “Deep-Fried Devils” or in Bahasa Indonesia, “Setan-Setan Yang Digoreng”! Good Lord! I love cakwe. But, can you imagine all the kids eating “Deep Fried Devils”! No wonder lah drug traffickers can easily lure them into drugs; they’ve been eating Setan-Setan Yang Digoreng! But, why is it so depressing? According to About.com, cakwe is:

also known as “deep-fried devils,” crullers are twisted strips of dough – approximately twelve inches long – that have been deep-fried in oil.  Their nickname, “deep-fried devils,” is derived from ancient legend.  During the time of Confucius, a government official falsely accused Yueh Fei, a famous scholar and poet, of treason.  Yueh Fei was subsequently put to death. The Chinese name for the dish, “Yu Za Kuei” translates literally into deep-fried devils.  Frying the crullers in oil symbolizes the government official and everyone who participated in the scheme being deep-fried in oil for eternity.

One of them is Gayus Tambunan

Cakwe is a dish that was made to eternalize the death of a poet. Hoho, I never thought that cakwe can be that serious. I though it was only a food and had nothing to do with despotism, or martyrdom, or the world of literature, or anything that I would likely talk in places like Starbucks, or, well, tukang nasi goreng in front of my kosan. Wow. Cakwe. It’s about a poet who was unjustly killed by despots; it’s about crooked officials like Gayus Tambunan we hope will be deep-fried for eternity in a cakwe seller’s wok. Oh, my. Cakwe. Wow. I don’t know If I will ever feel the same again when I eat you. I’m myself an aspiring poet (doomed to fail, though); and I’m craving a food whose very existence was caused by the demise of a poet in the hands of the establishments. Ah, maybe the Internet really does change life as we know it. Next time you eat cakwe with your girlfriend you can act smart by telling her this story. She won’t be impressed, though. I believe she will like the food more than your babbling about a dead poet. But you just can’t help it,  can you? In the age of Internet, you want to look smart because it’s easy to do just that.  It’s a great story. And cakwe will just never be the same again.😐

 

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  1. Interesting! I never know that the story behind this simple snack is so fascinating.😀 We indeed have to invent some foods to “eternalise” the corrupt officials.😆
    However, just for clarity. Yue Fei didn’t live in the time of Confucius, but about 1500 years after.😛
     

    I believe she will like the food more than your babbling about a dead poet.

    Not all women are like that, I bet. Even not many of them are like that. Well, indeed you have to tell it interestingly without boasting yourself.:mrgreen:
     
    Finally…
     
    GENTOLE WHY THOSE POKER FACES FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU~👿
    This post is better told with cynical or sarcastic loling faces.😆

  2. One of them is Gayus Tambunan

    This… is so much WIN. =))
     
    *aplaus bergemuruh*

    It’s a great story. And cakwe will never be the same again.😐

    Gee, I wonder if other traditional cuisines have some history too. And then nasi goreng and bakso will never be the same again…

  3. CTTOI.
    When I visited Imogiri about 5 years ago, a guide there, an elderly person, told me one story about a traitor who betrayed the Mataram Sultanate and instead cooperated with the Dutch. This person was caught, mutilised into three, and each part of his body was buried in different parts of the complex. Two parts were allegedly buried under the staircase, you know, that legendary staircase. There was this krowak (bahasa Inggrisnya apa sih) step, where the body was buried, and we were asked to step on it. Walaue…I didn’t have heart, so I avoid stepping on it.😆 But then the guide told us again, the head was buried exactly under the last step of the staircase, which is the entrance to the graveyard complex, and it was very narrow, so there was no way we could avoid it.😆

  4. Yah grammar acak-acakan, ya sudahlah.😆 Sambil tendang-tendang sora9n gara-gara gagal hattrick

  5. So I just typed “cakwe” and voila: Our Lord Google Almighty provided me with a list of links to articles explaining quite extensively about what cakwe is.

    I also did the same thing when searching for the name of a mysterious-delicious-memorable green cake, I just typed “kue warna hijau yang pinggirnya kering”, and viola \m/😆.

    *liat gambar*

    Aduuuh, jadi pengen makan cakwe😥
    .
    Btw, Mas Gentole dulu di SD mana toh? Jangan-jangan kita tetanggaan juga😆

  6. @lambrtz
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    What about pempek. Is it also imported?
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    Well, indeed you have to tell it interestingly without boasting yourself.

    Can you give us a bit of a demonstration?:mrgreen:
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    GENTOLE WHY THOSE POKER FACES

    Hahaha…gimana ya.
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    @sora9n
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    Gee, I wonder if other traditional cuisines have some history too. And then nasi goreng and bakso will never be the same again…

    Really, will it make any difference? What if baso was initially served to an evil king who liked to eat cats and rats?
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    @lambrtz lagi
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    so there was no way we could avoid it.

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    You’re cursed.
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    @mizzy

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    Btw, Mas Gentole dulu di SD mana toh?

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    SD Bencongan III dan kemudian pindah ke Danau Batur. Kayaknya jauh kita.🙂

  7. @ gentole

    Really, will it make any difference?

    As for me, no. But it’s nice to get the symbolization and all that.😆

    What if baso was initially served to an evil king who liked to eat cats and rats?

    It’s probably not far from truth…
     
    *kabur*

  8. @sora9n
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    Jadi masih makan baksi ya so?🙂

  9. well, this just made my day!😀

    *wondering what kind of story a woman should tell to impress a man

  10. @Gentole

    Can you give us a bit of a demonstration?

    Unfortunately, not at this moment. Nobody to demonstrate with.😆
     
    @alia
    You can talk about Lee Kuan Yew, Thom Yorke, Steven Gerrard, or (lirik sora9n) Carl Sagan!:mrgreen:

  11. @ gentole

    No, I eat bakso.

  12. @ lambrtz | alia

    Actually anything is fine as long as it’s about things he like. If he’s a soccer geek girls better talk about soccer; if science geek, about science, etc…
     
    BTW, salam kenal mbak alia.😀
    keseret gara-gara di-mention sama lambrtz

  13. Tidak bisakah engkau makan saja tanpa mengetikkan keyword di Google? Demi Tuhan, Lucifer, dan Jesus di Kashmir… inikah manusia modern jaman kini?

    *sambil mau cari tahu akar tradisi lemang*

  14. @ Gentole:

    SD Bencongan III dan kemudian pindah ke Danau Batur. Kayaknya jauh kita.🙂

    Hoo jauh😮 . Saya mah di Cemara😛

  15. sora9n
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    Hehe. Iya, BAKSO!
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    @lambrtz, alia, sora9n
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    What about trees? Men love trees. *ngacak
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    @alex
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    Haha. Iya, mestinya begitu, Lex!
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    @mizzy
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    Jauh amir di cemara.😐

  16. https://gentole.wordpress.com/
    http://nadahidupku.wordpress.com/
    http://andinadwifatma.blogspot.com/

    selamat kamu terpilih jadi blog favorit saya di bulan ini bersama dua blog lainnya…
    bolehkan saya suka sama blog kamu?😀

    -alyssa bukan soebandono- saya

  17. Dua hari yang lalu setelah pesan bubur ayam, penjual bilang “wah cakwenya habis!” Lalu dipanas-panasi pula pake postingan ini.

  18. @alyssa bukan soebandono: silahkan.
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    @pakguru: saya malah belum ketemu cakwe ini. nanti kalo ketemu saya bakal makan dengan mengenang semua penyair yang telah mati. *halah

  19. Lha? Bubur paké cakwé? Olala, di mana-mana itu bubur ayam mah “kaaffah”-nya pakai karokét atau bakwan-bala-bala!😮

  20. eh, komen saya ilang?
    atau sekarang dimoderasi?:-/

  21. eh, komen yang kedua muncul..
    berarti tadi salah pencet kali ya…:-/
    anyway tadi cuma mau bilang kalau lao shi sama jaman SMA dulu juga suka cerita-cerita soal sejarahnya makanan Cina tapi baru kali ini saya denger soal si cakwe…😀
    jadi pengen makan cakwe deh…

  22. sora9n, salam kenal jg🙂 *keseret juga
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    @ lambrtz, sora9n, gentole;
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    oh pantes. i had fallen for a man whose love for soccer is not as big as mine. overkill, i guess


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