Giving New Meaning to the Word “Beer”

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Beer PletokIt’s Bir Pletok. Or Pletok Beer. It’s Batavian spiced drink. Not “the beer” you usually have friday night🙂 It’s a beer for people like me, who love cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, lemongrass, cardamom, and all the magic healing aroma of spices around the world.

Do not expect any alcohol. In fact, the only high you’ll get from drinking this, is only the high of rememberance of old time when spices were gold and whoever ruled spices was the king of the world.

Secang Wood Secang Wood
The Famous Secang Wood
 
The flavor and smell was so strong it immediately kicks my afternoon laziness. The heat it produced brought comforting warmth I need before going to bed at night. Threw in some ice cubes and I was ready to have a picnic the Famous Five way (remember Julian, Dick, Anne, George, Timmy?).

Floating

For those of you who don’t really like spiced things, or are not used to herbal things, or are not sure if you’ll like it, I’m sorry I have to advice you to stay away from this drink.

 

This, is for hard core
spice & herb freaks only.

A Cup of Pletok Beer Drowning Secang Wood
You have been warned.

 
Beer PletokPletok Beer
(source: Indosiar)

1,5 litre water
350 gr sugar
250 gr ginger, peeled, sliced, bruised
30 gr secang wood
3 kaffir leaves
3 sticks of lemongrass, bruised
10 cloves
10 cm cinnamon stick
1 whole nutmeg, bruise
3 pandan leaves, tear into big pieces
3 whole cardamoms

How-to:

  1. The original recipe tells you to boil all the ingredients together, but I like to simmer them all without sugar on very low heat for quite some time (about 1 hour) to make sure all the spices give everything best they have to the unsweetened water.
  2. Let them cool, then add sugar or honey just before serving, so I can control the sweetness to my own preference.

You can do the original way or just do like I did. Or invent your own way, although I don’t see much more else you can do about it.

To spices! Cheers!

Secang Wood

16 thoughts on “Giving New Meaning to the Word “Beer””

  1. Mbak Ri, tahun lalu gw mampir ke Bango Food Festival di Lap Banteng. Target utama pengen nyobain minuman satu ini. Sayang, antrinya ‘keterlaluan’… kudu ngantri beli ‘voucher’ dulu, trus ngatri di tempat makanan ybs. Akhirnya pulang tanpa sempet nyobain apa2😦. Masih penasaran ama minuman satu ini. Mbak, tau gak dimana tukang jualan minuman ginian? Yg ala ’emang2′ gitu, biasanya kerasa lebih original🙂. ~alesan bgt, sebenarnya males bikin ajah.

    Naaah, waktu itu aku boleh nyobain untuk pertama kali dalam hidup, di acara JakartaWalk. Yang jual sih bukan emang-emang. Udah dibotolin gitu sama panitia, untuk dicicipin gratis sama peserta. Langsung kepincut aja, hehehe… Emang dasar seneng rempah. Resep ini, menurutku lebih nendang daripada yang tempo hari aku cobain. Tapi, hati-hati, kalo gak suka rempah/herbal, pasti ngomel-ngomel, huahahaha…. ———-Riana

  2. Ri, penampilan si secang wood kayak gimana seh?
    Lima Sekawan? Wuah… buku cerita paporit tuh, ampe ngimpi ngimpi berkemah di pulau Kirin sambil minum ginger ale hihihiiii.
    mong omong, ginger ale rasanya gimana yak?

    Tenaaaaang, si Secang udah ane potoin. Tinggal resize n upload. Sabar yeee..
    Sama!! Secara gw baca versi Indonesianya, diterjemahin sebagai Limun Jahe. Pedahal, Ginger Ale mah kayak soda gitu, ada aroma jahenya dikit, ada asemnya dikit.
    Btw, gara-gara terobsesi si limun jahenya Lima Sekawan, sampe waktu kecil gw spesial minta bikinin wedang jahe sama ibu pengasuh gue. Pas udah jadi, gue botolin, terus masukin kulkas. Seneeeeng banget, serasa minum limun jahenya Lima Sekawan! ———-Riana

  3. hi..
    I am Malaysian, I read ur blog coincidently while searching “butter cream” thingy.Your writing is really awesome.I love to read them.You have built my interest to cooking!Thanks!

  4. Makasih banget boleh copy & coba resep2nya.Udah 3 bulan terakhir ini aku jadi seneng masak. Kalau gagal aku coba lagi. Bukankah harus begitu.
    Kamu sudah membuat orang lain bahagia & pahalanya cuma Allah SWT yang tahu. Thx a lot friend.

  5. huahahahahaha… iyah limun jahe, daging asap, sandwich telur, apalagi yak? mmmhhh…. kangen. ama trio detektip juga, sayang trio detektip pelit crita makanan😛

  6. helloooo, really love your blogs. Thank you so much for sharing the recipes and also a look into the Indonesian culture!

    Btw..where can i find this Kayu Secang? Is there any online shops that sell this stuff? Perhaps you can help me sourcing this product?🙂

    Thanks & have great week!

    pixen

    Hi Pixen,
    If you’re in Indonesia, you can find kayu secang in Pasar Mester, Jatinegara. Actually, the wood only contributes the deep red color, not so much to the aroma.
    Like many people who asked me about specific Indonesian ingredients or tools, I can help you sending anything from here, but the shipping cost probably is too high. But if anyone insists, I’ll be at your disposal. —————Riana

  7. aku pertama kali nyoba bir pletok di cagar budaya betawi di srengseng sawah. udah pernah ke sana? Di sana banyak yang jual bir pletok ini, tapi yang udah dibotolin.
    Btw, I love ur blog. Keep writing ya,, ^__^

  8. lha iyes i find find the bir plethok, eh njegegeg aya dideu. thanks yes for the info i like to coba bikin deh ……. look like uenak yes……..

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