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There are a few options of savoury, hors d’oeuvre-styled foods among the mains: lemper (meat-filled glutinous rice), traditional rissole, and pastel (meat-stuffed fried pastry). The options are very, very limited, unfortunately.
I suspect that the lack of a kitchen makes it difficult to cook and sell numerous snack options seamlessly. Iki Koue is sweets store anyway, not a restaurant.
To atone this lack, Iki Koue offers more snack options via online pre-order. Some snacks are even exclusive for online pre-order only, such as Tampah Gorengan (fritters set). Another online pre-order benefit is the presentation. Several Iki Koue’s snack set is adorned with tampah (Indonesian-styled winnowing tray). Traditional foods in traditional styling? Doubtless, this is genius.
Nor is it as if Jakarta has any shortage of decent traditional snacks. Iki Koue, being one of few of its kind, offers an experience of less-known traditional light bites with a creative spin. And it is colourful and inexpensive, too. Iki Koue is a go-to sweetshop when city folks long for traditional light bites.