The snack that's deliciously fishy

A brief history of Indonesian pempek

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Pempek

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The basics

A fishcake, typically made with ground tenggiri (Spanish mackerel), sago flour, salt, and other spices. Often fried but sometimes grilled or cooked in other ways.

The place

South Sumatra, Indonesia

The story

Back in the sixteenth century, so the story goes, there was an old m…

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