Sayur lodeh

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Sayur lodeh
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Type Soup
Course Main
Place of origin Indonesia
Region or state Java
Created by Javanese
Serving temperature Hot or room temperature
Main ingredients Coconut milk, vegetables (jackfruit, eggplant, chayote, melinjo, long beans, tofu, tempeh), chicken or beef stock
Cookbook: Sayur lodeh  Media: Sayur lodeh

Sayur lodeh is a soup prepared from vegetables in coconut milk popular in Indonesia, but most often associated with Javanese cuisine.[1]


Common ingredients are young unripe jackfruit, eggplant, chayote, melinjo beans and leaves, long beans, green chili pepper, tofu and tempeh, cooked in coconut milk and sometimes enriched with chicken or beef stock. The bumbu spice mixture includes ground chili pepper (optional, depending on the desired degree of spiciness), shallot, garlic, candlenut, coriander, kencur powder, turmeric powder (optional), dried shrimp paste, salt and sugar.[2] The greenish white sayur lodeh is made without turmeric, while the golden one has turmeric. Sometimes green stink beans are added.

The ingredients of sayur lodeh are similar to sayur asem, with the main difference in its liquid portion, sayur lodeh is coconut-milk based while sayur asem is tamarind based. To add aroma and taste, an authentic Javanese sayur lodeh recipe might include ground old tempeh. This old tempeh is known as "yesterday's tempeh" or "rotten tempeh" (Javanese: tempe bosok).[3]


The origin of the dish can be traced to the Javanese people's tradition of Java. According to Javanese Kejawen beliefs, sayur lodeh is an essential part of the slametan ceremony and it is believed as tolak bala, to ward off possible danger and disaster.[4] The people and the Keraton (court) of Yogyakarta often communally cook sayur lodeh for the slametan ceremony. It is believed this can deter disasters such as wind storm, earthquake, volcanic eruption, drought and plague. It is well known in Javanese cuisine and has spread throughout Indonesia and the region.[1] Because of Javanese migration to neighboring countries, today sayur lodeh is also popular in Malaysia and Singapore.[5]


Sayur lodeh can be served with steamed rice (separated or mixed in one plate), or with sliced lontong rice cake. Although sayur lodeh basically is a vegetarian dish, it is popularly consumed with ikan asin (salted fish), opor ayam, empal gepuk or beef serundeng. Sambal terasi is usually served separately. In Malaysia and Singapore, when sayur lodeh is served with lontong (nasi himpit), it is known as lontong. Dried squid sambal, boiled egg and coconut serunding are often added to lontong.

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  1. ^ a b "Sayur Lodeh". Tasty Indonesian Food. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Brissenden, Rosemary (2007). Southeast Asian Food, Classic and modern dishes from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Periplus. p. 76. ISBN 0794604889. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sayur Lodeh Tempe Bosok". Resep ID. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Agung PW (February 7, 2005). "Memasak Sayur Lodeh untuk Tolak Bala" (in Indonesian). Suara Merdeka. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ Lalitha Kirsnan (May 24, 2013). "Sayur Lodeh". Kampung Singapura. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 

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