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Asinan Betawi topped with yellow kerupuk mie
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateJakarta and West Java
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsVarious vegetables or fruits in hot, sour and sweet sauce
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Asinan peddlar frequenting residential area in Jakarta, Indonesia

Asinan is a pickled (through brined or vinegared) vegetable or fruit dish, commonly found in Indonesia. Asin, Indonesian for "salty", is the process of preserving the ingredients by soaking them in a solution of salty water. Asinan is quite similar to rujak', which is usually served fresh, while asinan is preserved vegetables or fruits. Of the many types and variations of asinan in Indonesia, the most popular are asinan Betawi and asinan Bogor. Asinan can be found served in restaurant, warung and also travelling street vendor. [1]

Pickling Procedure of preserving food in brine or vinegar

Pickling is the process of preserving or extending the lifespan of food by either anaerobic fermentation in brine or immersion in vinegar. In East Asia, vinaigrette is also used as a pickling medium. The pickling procedure typically affects the food's texture, taste and flavor. The resulting food is called a pickle, or, to prevent ambiguity, prefaced with pickled. Foods that are pickled include vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, dairy and eggs.

Brine A highly concentrated solution of a salt in water

Brine is a high-concentration solution of salt in water. In different contexts, brine may refer to salt solutions ranging from about 3.5% up to about 26%. Lower levels of concentration are called by different names: fresh water, brackish water, and saline water.

Vinegar Liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid and water

Vinegar is an aqueous solution of acetic acid and trace chemicals that may include flavorings. Vinegar typically contains 5–20% acetic acid by volume. Usually the acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol or sugars by acetic acid bacteria. There are many types of vinegar, depending upon the source materials. Vinegar is now mainly used in the culinary arts: as a flavorful, acidic cooking ingredient, or in pickling.


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Asinan Bogor
Betawi people

Betawi people or Betawis, are an Austronesian ethnic group native to the city of Jakarta and its immediate outskirts, as such often described as the native inhabitants of the city. They are the descendants of the people who inhabited Batavia from the 17th century onwards.

Jakarta Special Capital Region in Indonesia

Jakarta, officially the Special Capital Region of Jakarta, is the capital and largest city of Indonesia. Situated on the northwest coast of the world's most populous island of Java, it is the centre of economy, culture and politics of Indonesia with a population of more than ten million as of 2014.Jakarta metropolitan area which has an area of 6,392 square kilometres, is the world's second most populous urban area after Tokyo with a population of about 30 million, as of 2010. Jakarta's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a higher standard of living, have attracted migrants from across the Indonesian archipelago, making it a melting pot of numerous cultures. Jakarta is nicknamed the "Big Durian", the thorny strongly-odored fruit native to the region, as the city is seen as the Indonesian equivalent of New York.

Chinese cabbage vegetable of the bok choy plant

Chinese cabbage can refer to two groups of Chinese leaf vegetables often used in Chinese cuisine: the Pekinensis Group and the Chinensis Group.


Asinan means salty food; in this context are vegetables or fruits. In Surabaya, this kind of dish is called sayur asin (salty vegetable). [2]


Ingredients of asinan sayur has in common with kimchi. Their main ingredients are cabbage, cucumber, and salt. They both have the cabbage salted, but in kimchi the salting process takes longer than the process in asinan. [2] Other ingredients includes bean sprouts, chili, and terasi. [3]

<i>Kimchi</i> Korean dish made from fermented vegetable

Kimchi, a staple in Korean cuisine, is a famous traditional side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, such as napa cabbage and Korean radish, made with a widely varying selection of seasonings including gochugaru, spring onions, garlic, ginger, and jeotgal, etc.

Shrimp paste A fermented condiment commonly used in Southeast Asian, Northeastern South Asian and Southern Chinese cuisines

Shrimp paste or shrimp sauce is a fermented condiment commonly used in Southeast Asian, Indian subcontinent and Southern Chinese cuisines.


There are two main variants: asinan sayur and asinan buah (salted vegetable and salted fruit). [2] Asinan sayur is also called asinan Jakarta or asinan Betawi. [1] However, according to food expert William Wongso, it doesn't guarantee the dish is original from Jakarta. It might be influenced by Indian, Chinese, Arab, Portuguese, or Dutch cuisine. [4]

See also

Acar Vegetable pickle made in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

Acar is a type of vegetable pickle from Maritime Southeast Asia, found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. It is a localised version of Indian Achaar. It is known as atjar in Dutch cuisine, derived from Indonesian acar. Acar is usually prepared in bulk as it may easily be stored in a well-sealed glass jar in refrigerator for a week, and served as the condiment for any meals.

Rojak A traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

Rojak or Rujak is a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish from Southeast Asia, commonly found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Other than referring to this fruit salad dish, the term rojak also means "mixture" or "eclectic mix" in colloquial Malay.

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