CourseMain course
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateJava
Created byJavanese people
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsRice, vegetables, minced proteins (tempeh, eggs, or meat).
VariationsDifferent fillings.

Arem-arem is a Javanese snack made of rice, vegetables fillings (and sometimes, tempeh or other types of proteins), eaten as a snack.

In urban areas, people call this food lontong isi (lit. filled lontong), a misnomer that arose due to an unfamiliarity with ethnic dishes. Unlike arem-arem, lontong has a bigger size, and is served as a main dish. Arem-arem is a part of jajan pasar.[1]

Variants and fillings

The rice is flavored with coconut milk, and stuffed with diced vegetables (carrot, common bean and potato), cooked minced meat (beef or chicken), abon (beef floss), or tofu, oncom and tempeh. There is a lot of arem-arem variants, mostly differ according to its fillings, the availability of ingredients, and also creativity of the creator.[2]

Arem-arem is usually uses thin young banana leaf as wrapper, a thin light yellow-green colored banana leaf. Lontong on the other hand, usually uses thicker mature banana leaf. The texture of arem-arem snack is usually softer compared to those of common lontong or sticky lemper, due to thinner banana leaf, addition of coconut milk and prolonged steaming or boiling period.

See also


  1. ^ Riesty Wulan. "Never miss to taste cheap & tasty Arem-arem in Indonesia!". The Daily Roar.
  2. ^ Nila Puspita. "15 Resep Arem-arem". Cookpad.