One of the characteristics of Eid is not only the moment of apologizing but also the presence of food that is never absent every year. Food often represents a culture, and certain foods are synonymous with certain events, as is the case with several countries in Southeast Asia that have their own characteristics of food when welcoming Eid Al-Fitr.
Indonesia is famous for its culinary variety and spices. Even so, several types of food are always present during Eid, such as chicken opor, rendang, beef stew, and liver fried chili sauce. The food whose presence is never absent is ketupat, a rice-based food wrapped in janur (woven young coconut leaves). Not only heavy meals, but snacks also always fill the table in the living room when visiting Indonesian homes during Eid, such as Nastar (pineapple tarts) and Kastengel.
In Malaysia, one of the Eid al-Fitr food icons is Rendang. This spiced food is usually served with ketupat or lemang. Different from ketupat, lemang was made from sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves, put in bamboo, and cooked using coconut milk. Sweet foods like pineapple tarts and dodol are always a favorite when Eid arrives.
In Singapore, rendang and ketupat are an ever-present combination of delicious food and have become an icon of Eid food in the Lion City. Lodeh vegetable with a savory taste has its own prestige during Eid, complemented by Kueh Raya (raya cake), which is put in bottles and is often the first attention stealer during Eid.
In Brunei Darussalam, Ketupat is one of the foods most often served during Eid. The moment of Eid, which is dedicated as a time to gather with family and relatives, is best accompanied by a variety of enjoyable traditional dishes. Apart from ketupat, foods that are always seen in every home are dodol, lemang, and rendang.