Yum Cha Chats with Weird Genius: I’m sweet, sour, spiky & creamy. Guess what I am?
The explosive trio from Indonesia is ripe and ready for their next hit
Sunday’s are hard but can be made easier with unexpected delights — so here’s some fluff to get you through it. Inspired by a recent jaunt for dim sum with Miss Yellow in Hong Kong, allow us to present the first of many Yum Cha Chats — which means let’s go eat dim sum and drink tea in Cantonese. The series will dig into the obscure and tasty 'fillings' you never knew about your favourite DJs and have nothing to do with music — every Sunday. Best enjoyed from bed…
There are a lot of incredible things on this planet that are indigenous to the wild archipelago of Indonesia, the sweetest of them all being their tropical harvest of fruits. We recently crossed paths with an energetic, youthful and a dynamically untamed electronic outfit called Weird Genius, who’ve been hitting headlines and topping charts with their explosive hit ‘Lathi’. But what keeps them so electrified with funk and creativity? This Sunday’s conversation for our weekly Yum Cha Chats with Weird Genius quickly takes a turn to naming their favourite delectable and peculiar fruits from all parts of Indonesia.
“Durian is known from the odour although only when not opened, and it has thorns throughout the shell. People also called it a king of fruit, because it is simply the most expensive fruit. You can find it in several regions throughout Indonesia, namely Medan, Lampung, Banyuwangi, Kalimantan.”
“Rambutan or hairy fruit, judged by the name, has hair all over its shell. You can find it all over Indonesia, and almost always find it in fruity drinks and cocktails which we love!”
“Nangka or jackfruit, comes from several regions in Indonesia, namely Bali, Lombok and Java. The fruit has an appearance similar to durian, but without the thorns. This fruit can be found in several traditional dishes like bubur sum-sum (marrow porridge), or traditional drinks like dawet (made from cocoa milk and brown sugar).”
“Salak or people called it snake fruit simply because the shell is really similar to snake skin, it’s got a sweet and sour vibe going on. It’s also believed to be a stomach ache remedy. Some locals also make organic wine out of it. You’ll normally only find this unique fruit in Bali, Lombok and Java.”
“Srikaya is very popular both in Indonesia and around other parts of Asia, the taste of the fruit is sweet and easy to eat. Maybe it’s known as custard or sugar apple in English? Most people will also know it as kaya, which is a fruity coconut jam that’s hugely popular in Asia.”