Bika ambon

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Bika ambon
TypeCake, kue
CourseDessert or snack
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateMedan, North Sumatera
Main ingredientsTapioca and sago flour, Eggs, sugar, coconut milk
VariationsKue bingka
Similar dishesBibingka, Malay sponge cake, Bánh bò

Bika ambon or golden cake or golden kuih bingka in Singapore, is an Indonesian dessert made from ingredients such as tapioca flour, eggs, sugar, yeast and coconut milk. Bika ambon is generally sold in pandan and banana flavor, but today it is also available in other flavors like durian, cheese and chocolate. Originating from the city of Medan in North Sumatra, the cake is usually cooked twelve hours, so that it can last in the best condition and according to what is desired for four days because after that the cake starts to harden.

This cake is a further development of kue bingka, a famous traditional cake in the eastern parts of Indonesia.

The cake is notable for its sponge-like holes, which are formed by yeast in the cake dough that creates bubbles. These holes give it a unique spongy texture when it is baked. It is a close analogue of the Malay sponge cake, due to similar spongy holes, but the moisture and texture are slightly different.

Although the name contains the word "Ambon", the name of an island and its largest city, Bika ambon is widely known as the specialty cake of Medan in North Sumatra and is often brought as a gift by those who visited the city.[1] The origins of bika ambon are not known; however, there is some speculation that they came to Medan through Ambonese traders, where the locals took a liking to it. Mojopahit Street, Medan Petisah is the most famous sales region of bika ambon in Medan, North Sumatra. There are at least 40 stores that sell this kind of cake.

Recently, bika ambon has become popular around Central Java, thanks to a few retail shops that sell various Indonesian traditional cakes.

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  1. ^ "Sejarah Kenapa Bika Ambon dari Medan". Dinas Pariwisata Kota Medan. 2018. Retrieved 2021-08-11.