The innovation and originality of Sundanese cuisine is proven by a combination of ingredients that other people might not even consider a possibility. Such is the case with Rujak, a salad made of different kinds of sliced fruits such as mango, pineapple, bangkuan, kedondong and jambu air. Anything that sounds that exotic is usually worth a try.
The Sundanese came up with a way to serve these slices of fruit with a sweet/spicy sauce, consisting of tamarind, trassi (shrimp paste), chilis, palm sugar and salt. The end result is a truly exotic and delicious fruit salad. Surprisingly, this mix of sour fruit and spicy sauce tastes excellent. The tasmarind in the sauce adds a unique sweetness that works wonders with the acidity of the fresh fruit slices.
It is said to be very popular amongst pregnant women because they crave for food that is tangy yet acerbic and spicy yet sweet. It is also a favourite for school children who enjoy making rujak with a bunch of visiting friends as it is a healthy alternative to popcorn or hotdogs.
Rujak can be found mostly at foodcourts that are part and parcel of most Malls and shopping plazas. You will find the occasional kaki lima (street vendor) selling rujak but they are not that common because of the difficulty to keep the fruit fresh in the hot and humid climate of Indonesia.