Bir Pletok

0% Alcohol

not like 'normal' beer, this beer contain 0% alcohol! No, it's different with some of beer brands that claiming to be 'zero alcohol'.

Bir (beer) Pletok

This traditional beer is made from SPICES; (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, etc) and shaked inside the metal container. The result; physically it looks like any other beer, but the flavor is totally spicy!

The answer, the word 'pletok' came from the sound that is generated while they shake the bir mixed with ice cubes inside the metal container... "pletak... pletok..."

Why they call it bir pletok?

Originally from Jakarta. Unfortunately, for now, Bir Pletok is not easy to be found, even in Jakarta. Only during Jakarta Fair (on June-July) or in some Jakarta's Festival, this traditional beverage can be found.

Why not make it by ourselves? All the ingredients are everyday spices that normally we stock in the kitchen. Only one that probably not ready on our kitchen cupboard; the Secang Wood. It's not that hard to find it in some supermarkets in Jakarta, and it helps giving reddish colour to the drink.

Secang Wood


source : Primarasa Indonesia Translated by me :) Ingredients : 100 gr ginger 3 pandan leaves 3 stalks lemon grass 5 lime leaves 3 gloves 3 cm cinnamon bark 1/2 nutmeg 25 gr secang wood 250 gr granulated sugar 1.5 liter water ice cubes

How to Make

1. Peel the ginger, slice it thinly. Cut the pandan leaves. Crush the lemongrass. Discard lime leaves 'bone'. 2. Put the ginger, pandan leaves, lemongrass, lime leaves, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, secang wood, sugar and water into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until boiling 3. Cover the pan, reduce the heat, and cook until the aroma of spices is released (+/- 25 minutes). Remove from the heat, set aside to cool. 4. Strain the drink and discard pulp. Serve it into several cups with ice cubes.


All pics (c) Vania Samperuru

Bir Pletok, ready to drink. at Festival Palang Pintu, Kemang.

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