Sekoteng: An Indonesian Ginger-Infused Drink To Calm You Down
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Indonesian cuisine has a limited variety of hot drinks that are available throughout the country. Sekoteng is one of them. It’s a blend of freshly grated ginger, which is also the drink’s prime ingredient. Along with this peanuts and diced bread are also added. Unlike many ginger-infused drinks, slices of bread are used when blending sekoteng. Modern recipes call out for the use of additional ingredients such as fruits, milk and a few more spices. It is always served hot and mainly consumed during winter time. It is served in bowls with a spoon which makes it relatively easier to drink. This drink is popular in Jakarta and in some parts of west and central Java. Sekoteng doesn't have much much history, in fact no one knows how old it is. However, with modern drinks finding more takers now, sekoteng may have suffered a blow to its fame and recognition. But in spite of that, sekoteng remains a drink that everyone must try out at least once in their life. In the remote areas of Indonesia, local people still relish this drink during the winter season. Tempted to sip this old-world Indonesian drink? Here is a step-by-step guide for you to make it at home. 

Ingredients (serving - one):

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
  • A handful of roasted peanuts
  • A slice of bread
  • 1 cup water 


  • Take a saucepan and add water to it. Bring the water to boil; add the grated ginger and roasted peanuts.
  • Dice the bread into small cubes. 
  • Strain the water and pour it into a glass or cup. 
  • Add the diced bread and mix it well with rest of the ingredients.
  • Your drink is ready to be served.