Food Fight: Es Teler
Scorching heat calls for ice cold salvation. Es Teler is our go-to thirst quencher and we’re torn between two favorites.
Here in Indonesia you can find a plethora of of cold beverages on the streets and inside fancy restaurants. Es dawet, es kelapa muda, es doger, es campur, the list goes on and on. One of the simplest and most famous is es teler.
Imagine the sweet-savory flavor and creamy texture of avocado combined with ripe yellow jackfruit and soft coconut meat, then topped with coconut milk, sugar, crushed ice, syrup, and condensed milk. It’s a heavenly combination of fruity sweetness and creaminess.
This addictive beverages is said to have been invented in 1957 by Hj. Samijem Darmo Putro. How she got the idea for it is a famous tale. She said she had a dream where someone told her to sell refreshing food if she sought success, prompting her to start a fruit and beverages stall.
She had a customer who always asked in three specific fruits for his orders; those are the ingredients for es teler that we know today. He said the combination of the fruit flavors “made me teler [intoxicated]”.
It has the right amount of flavor and sweetness, and is light enough for you to order another bowl. It tastes really similar to Sari Mulia. I believe the key difference is the syrup; both businesses try their best to keep it a secret.
I think both of them provide great es teler. Sari Mulia gives a better dining experience but Es Teler 77 can be found anywhere. The latter has better portions, and perfect to enjoy with their spicy-savory mie ayam pedas istimewa. For a signature main dish and ice beverage, Sari Mulia will set you back Rp 60,000, while Es Teler 77 is Rp 70,000.
However, at the end of the day, when the weather is really really hot, I often find myself craving the legendary Es Teler Sari Mulia.
ES TELER SARI MULIA
Jalan Diponegoro No. 21
T: +62 21 3141041
ES TELER 77