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Kerak Telor: Traditional Batavian Omelet

by Yovita Siswati on 15/03/09 at 10:22 am

Kerak Telor is a famous delicacy of Jakarta city, formerly known as Batavia. The native of Jakarta, known as the Betawi, has made this food for hundreds of years.

Every region in Indonesiahas its own traditional food. Kerak Telor is a famous delicacy of Jakarta city, formerly known as Batavia. The native of Jakartaknown as the Betawi has made this food since hundreds of years ago.

What is Kerak Telor?

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It looks like scrambled egg but the taste is very much different. Kerak Telor is a snack mainly made of glutinous rice and duck egg. It is served with dried shrimp topping and shredded coconut.

The ingredients are glutinous rice, duck egg, fried onion, dried shrimp, shredded coconut, salt, chili, pepper and sugar. The method of cooking is as follows: first, the glutinous rice is half cooked in a small pan. Please note that no cooking oil is used. The egg is then added. Other ingredients follow. If you like it hot, you can add extra chili and pepper. After a while, add the shredded coconut and dried shrimp and the omelet is ready to be served. The texture is crispy on its edge but soft in the middle. Kerak telor is best enjoyed with hot cup of black Java coffee.

One interesting fact, the traditional vendors still cook the omelet using charcoal. This method of cooking only made the taste richer and more delicious.

The story behind Kerak Telor


In the Colonial era, kerak telor was a privileged food. It was served in big parties held by colonial government as well as rich Betawi. The recipe as well as the profession as kerak telor vendor had been passed from generation to generation. The most skillful kerak telor vendors usually come from Mampang, a small area in South Jakarta, called Betawi Mampang.

It is a sad fact that the Betawi is gradually push out of the centre of the city, mainly due to economic reasons. Most of their land had been sold to property developer and on that land now stand many skyscrapers. Along with the diminishing Betawi community, the real original kerak telor is becoming harder to find. Many of the vendors now start taking over family business of selling kerak telor at a very young age, sometime right after finishing high school.

Where to find Kerak Telor

Kerak Telor usually sold during Jakartaanniversary festival. The festival held in Kemayoran area, starts in mid June and ends in mid July. Beyond this festive season, it is rather difficult to find. However, part of a tourism campaign, the Governor of Jakarta has recently established a Betawi Conservation Village in South Jakarta. There are around ten vendors in this village who sell kerak telor near a lake in the village area. Mostly are native Betawi. The price is around US$ 1-2 per pax.

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Christine Ramsay

Mar 15th, 2009

An interesting piece. So many of our traditions and recipes tend to be disappearing.


Darla Beck

Mar 15th, 2009

Sounds very interesting.

Glynis Smy

Mar 15th, 2009

It sounds tasty and your article was interesting, thanks

Annie Hintsala

Mar 15th, 2009

Good article. Interesting facts to go along with it.

mikky webs

Mar 15th, 2009

Nicely done. Thanks.

Betty Carew

Mar 15th, 2009

Yovita this is an excellent article so very well done and presented. The food looks delicious.

Joni Keith

Mar 15th, 2009

You make it sound delicious, Yovita. The price is right as well.


Mar 15th, 2009

It does sound good, like a rice pudding. Informative article, thanks.

Joe Dorish

Mar 15th, 2009

Would like to try this!

Lady Sunshine

Mar 15th, 2009

So many traditions tend to be dying out. Informative article, Yovita.

Daisy Peasblossom

Mar 15th, 2009

Not exactly ingredients you can pick up at your local grocery store. (Not here, anyway.) Lot of economic issues touched on, here. Nice article, Yovita.


Mar 15th, 2009

This looks like something I would try very informative.

kate smedley

Mar 15th, 2009

The food looks delicious, informative article, thank you.

Alvin Lim

Mar 15th, 2009

My country is pretty near to Indonesia but this is the first time I’ve heard of it. Must try it out the next time I go there. Thanks for sharing.

Shirley Shuler

Mar 15th, 2009

Thanks for sharing this article Yovita, it sounds delicious!


Mar 15th, 2009

Thanks for sharing this with us Yovita, I’ll definitely try it.

Eunice Tan

Mar 15th, 2009

Hi Yov, after the history, may be you should write the recipe of Kerak Telor


Mar 15th, 2009

I`m getting so informed about your country I wish to go there someday.. thanks for sharing..

Mr Ghaz

Mar 16th, 2009

Great story and delicious stuff too. Thanx for sharing

Inna Tysoe

Mar 16th, 2009

Great story.

Thank you,



Mar 16th, 2009

This is an informative and enjoyable read! I’d love to try Kerak Telor sometime!

Mythili Kannan

Mar 16th, 2009

good info :-)

Bren Parks

Mar 16th, 2009

I never heard of this , cool…….

NA Staffieri

Mar 16th, 2009

I always like trying foods from around the world. Thanks for inspiring my appetite.


Mar 16th, 2009

Now I know what to look for in case I chance upon Jakarta! Your articles are full of culture and tradition. Thank you for bringing your culture to the world!

Fresh Writing

Mar 16th, 2009

Hello Yovita,

Wow! I have to say, I have never heard of this before (sadly), but it sounds interesting-that and delicious.

Interesting article!

-Fresh Writing


Mar 17th, 2009

I have never heard of this, but I am willing to try different dishes, at least once. Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing.


Mar 17th, 2009

Wow! You made me hungry!!!


Mar 17th, 2009

hmm… sounds good!


Mar 17th, 2009

Interesting and well written !

Ruby Hawk

Mar 17th, 2009

I have never heard of it but I do like to try new dishes. If I will find it I will take a taste.

PR Mace

Mar 17th, 2009

Never heard of this before but it sounds insteresting.


Mar 18th, 2009

nice written.. sounds great

M J katz

Mar 24th, 2009

Now this sounds like something that I would eat…and enjoy! Since my knowledge of Indonesia is so limited, I enjoy reading your articles…I almost feel as though I’ve taken a short trip there, afterwards. Very good article…so nicely done! :)


Jan 5th, 2010

This is really good. I just wished that our traditions, including such recipes did not die. Excellent piece. :)


May 12th, 2011

That combination sounds delicious.

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