Probably so far we know that pempek (savory fish cake delicacy served with sweet and sour sauce) is made of fish. But do you recognize that there is a kind of pempek made of shrimp? This food is made with creativity by Bangka Belitung citizens.
Similar to fish pempek that made of are sago powder, eggs, and other seasonings, shrimp pempek is also made of those ingredients but the fish is substituted with shrimp. Shrimp pempek is made in a very simple way. First of all, the shrimp’s head is separated from its body, then washed and chopped smoothly. Next, mix the shrimp with sago powder, eggs, and other seasoning until dull. You can shape it as you want. Finally, steam the dough until it ready to serve.Shrimp pempek can be fried before it is served or it can be eaten directly after it is steamed. These two types of servings are both delicious especially when it is hot. Undoubtedly, it tastes so delicious and also nutritious. It will be more perfect if we add some sour sauce or tauco (sweet sour sauce or fermented soy bean) sauce to shrimp pempek. Tauco sauce, which can substitute chili sauce, is made of chili, water, tauco, lime and other seasoning. Salty shrimp pempek will be so delicious when it is eaten with sour and hot tauco vinegar. Shrimp pempek becomes the most wanted signature food of Muntok city, Bangka Barat region, as well as Belinyu, Bangka Region.