Hello guys, soon you want Eid al-Fitr, what have you prepared to welcome Eid al-Fitr? The new clothes and new shoes are already, the treat at the time of Eid is not yet? The tradition of visiting each other during Eid is still thick in the culture of the Indonesian people, of course, as a good host, you want to present the best banquet. In addition to heavy foods such as ketupat, buras, chicken opor, to sambal ati, light snacks such as flavorful drinks and pastries are also typical Eid treats. There are many types of typical Eid cakes, such as snow white, rambutan cake, date seeds, kastangel to nastar.
The presence of nastar on big events such as Eid is never absent, guys! In your home, even at the homes of neighbors who also celebrate Eid al-Fitr, when visiting, you must be treated to this one cookie. The sweet-sour nastar taste as well as the texture that renyah on the outside and legit on the inside make it a prima donna.
History of nastar emergence
The emergence of nastar cakes in Indonesia was introduced by the Dutch during the colonial period. The word nastar itself also comes from the Dutch language, namely ananas and taart, which was later abbreviated as nastar. The Dutch, who were accustomed to consuming pies topped with fruits with sweet and sour flavors such as apples and blueberries in their country, then tried to make pies with the same taste, but because these fruits were difficult to find in Indonesia at that time, pineapple was used as a substitute. Apart from the fact that pineapple is abundant in Indonesia, its taste which is also sweet and sour is felt similar by the Dutch with fruit pies that are commonly consumed in their country. To make it easier toeat, nastar is made with a small shape.
In the past, nastar was only served on certain occasions and only important people and people from the nobility could eat it. Topping nastar in those days was also a marker of a person’s strata and social status. The more expensive the material used as a pineapple topping, the higher the strata and social status. If someone served nastar with clove toppings on it at that time, it was certain that the strata class or social status was high, because cloves at that time were the spices with the most expensive selling value.
Seiring the development of zaman, this cake recipe began to spread. Until now, this pastry can be enjoyed by the whole community and remains a light snack that is usually eatenat major celebrations.
Makana Kue Nastar for the Chinese Community
Notonly during Eid, nastar is also a typical treat on Christmas, New Year and Also Chinese New Year. In fact, at the Chinese New Year celebration, this cake has a fairly deep meaning. For the Chinese people, nastar with its golden yellow color symbolizes good luck. Nastar is also called ong lai (golden pear) in Hokkien. It is not surprising that nastar is a typical Chinese new year treat, which is synonymous with its red and gold colors.
The unique taste of nastar makes this one cookie still exist from the colonial era to thesame time, in the millennial generation. Over time theeragam inovation of nastar cakes continued to develop and varied, from their shape to the filling of various jams. However, the original taste of nastar with its pineapple jam which has a distinctive sweet and sour taste remains irreplaceable.