Ampo, Snack Made By Soil. Do You Believe It?

Do you like something weird or unique? This is the best place for you. You will find the weird food here. Actually I like cooking and I like visiting other hub about cooking recipes. I like them all. That's other benefit by joining HP, we can share the recipes or cuisines from our region, like traditional recipes. We can learn much more about cooking tips or cuisine from all over the world. Food is a good topic to talk. I think we all love eating, trying other food in restaurant while hangout with our friends or family. In the leisure time, I like watching Rachel Rays cooking show from my television. Although it didn't live broadcast, but I really enjoy that show. I learn much about recipes and tips from Rachel Rays, she's great chef. But I can found many good chefs inside HP. And I give big appreciation for you all who post cooking recipes in this site. Two thumbs up for you...... :-)

Back to topic. What kind of ingredients that we usually use for cooking? We all certainly familiar with meat, fish, cheese, butter, flour, sugar, salt, ketchup, soy sauce, onion, garlic and many more. I can't mention these one by one, because we all know about many kinds of ingredients. But, have you ever think to make a snack from the soil? For me personally this is outside of my mind, really I am not joke. But don't be surprised with this snack. This snack really made by soil. Do you know soil? I think we all know the soil. The places where we stand in this earth are come from the soil, right! This snack called AMPO.

I am life in Indonesia, a beautiful country in Southeast Asia. I can found various cuisines in my country. There are 17.480 islands in Indonesia. We can estimate how many cuisine types around Indonesia. But Ampo is the most weirds cuisine in Indonesia based on the ingredients. We can find this snack in Tuban, East Java. The exactly place in dusun Traulan, Bektiharjo village, Semanding District, Tuban. Where the people in this city eat this snacks. Actually not all people in Tuban eat this snack, but some people. We all know that we life in modern era, so many foods surrounding us even in Tuban we can easily find fastfood. The recent news said that not only Tuban people who ate this snack but also Brebes people. Brebes is the city in Middle Java.

I think this snack can be entered Ripley's Believe It or Not! show with Dean Cain as the host. With the category the most weird food. This was just my opinion. But to entering Ripley's Believe It or Not! was too difficult, because many requirements that must be met .

Ampo believed can cure some disease and it became a medicine for some people. They also believe that ampo can reduce the pain. Wow...amazing. In Brebes this snacks which made from clay have been attracted people especially pregnant women. Clay wasn't only could made into bricks, tile or pottery, but clay can be processed into a snack. The basic ingredient is pure from clay without any other ingredients. The making process of ampo very simple, like:

  • The first step is select the clean soil like clay and not rocky
  • The clay was shaped into rectangular and then compacted using a large timber.
  • It dried under the sun until it dry.
  • The next step, the dry clay was sliced thinly using a stick. The stick made from a bamboo blade sharpened on one side. Soil moisture must be maintained. So it was shaped like a scroll. And then cooked immediately using a large furnace.
  • The cooking process takes approximately four hours, until the color changed to black.
  • The crunchy ampo is ready to serve.

Simple tips from Ampo makers: to produces delicious ampo, savory, and not bitter they usually use smoke. Therefore, during ampo cooking, ampo makers stay keep the fire is not lit, but continued to smoke.

Although the base ingredient of this snack was made by soil or clay, but ampo has not effected on health. It said the people who consume ampo for a long time ago and it still continued until now. But there's no research about ampo had been done by the government. Because ampo is a traditional food. And it processed from generation to the next. But the people who like ampo still eat rice and other normal food. They eat this snack occasionally. They said that the taste of ampo so crunchy and little bit of spicy.

Ampo lovers said that it can be cure a disease, such as itching and fever. If ampo used as a medicine it was not eaten as a snack, but soaked in water and the water was drunk as a medicine. But there's no research and medical report about this. Maybe only trust and suggestions that can cure them.

The ampo making process

Mr.Sobirin as an ampo makers said that the price of ampo so affordable, only $0.05 per pack . In a day he could sold around 500 packs. His ampo usually ordered by seller in the market. Mrs Rasima as an ampo's makers and a sellers too said that she got $2.2 by selling ampo in a day. Tuban and Brebes is the only place in the world which we can find the people who eat soil. Indeed there are strange people in the world who love to eat sand, and other weird objects. But no one who ate baked soil. A Tuban's resident said that he had eaten ampo since he was a little and to cool the stomach.

I don't want to expose poverty in my country. But I just want to share about weird food from my country. I hope this hub useful as a knowledge for us. And it was also good to add the wide variety of world cuisine. If there's a category for weird food in the contest, I hope this hub become a nomination...hahahaha, just kidding. Simple tips from me:

"DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME"

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I wander if Ampo has any nutitional value?Anouther unique Hub Prasetio:)!!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Voted up, awesome and funny Prasetio. (I have to admit a "snack from the soil" has a funny ring to it). I did not choose useful, although there are some who may disagree! If I ever get to Indonesia I will try ampo. I'm pretty courageous! We have lots of clay soil in Georgia, but I'll stick with butter, flour, onions, and garlic. LOL


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I am sure it must have plenty of minerals since it's derived from clay based soil, but I can't say I would like to try it.


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

This is a strange snack. It brings back memories when I would make dirt pies as a child.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

What an interesting hub about an extremely strange food (?), prasetio. I have eaten many strange foods in my life but I'm not heroic enough to eat ampo . . . yet.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

That is TOTALLY weird - my mom used to eat dirt pies as a kid as Sandy mentioned but even SHE might not eat this stuff....I think my Griffin would love it though. Great job gathering fascinating information though, Prasetio!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Prasetio, this makes perfect sense, seriously! the reason being is that animals, especially rats, eat clay and dirt from the ground, because it stops them getting poisoned from the rotten food that they eat. what happens is that the clay or dirt soaks up the poisons in the stomach and is passed naturally when they go to the toilet. it is something that has been used for many years. We in the west, use charcoal which is fossilised trees and earth to do the same thing. if someone for instance, gets alcohol poisoning, or has taken too many pills that can kill them, the hospital will pump their stomachs with warm water, then make them swallow charcoal. so this is a great idea, and natural. animals have been doing it for centuries. great hub, and rated up, cheers nell


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good morning, Mentalist acer. As I said before, there's no medical report or some research about ampo. Include the nutrition value. But I hope you enjoy this information.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Welcome to this hub, Green Lotus. I never think to add butter, flour, onions, and garlic for the ampo recipes, LOL. Hahahaha...nice joke, But don't worry you free to make a fantasy here. If you want to try ampo, you can visit Tuban city, in East Java. Thanks, my friend.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, HappyHer for coming to this hub. I agree with you that soil contain plenty of mineral. But I also don't wanna try this, I still love rice and other food. Good to see you here.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Sandy. Welcome back to this hub. I never thought you make dirt pies. Both of weird snack. Thanks for share with us.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, drbj for dropping by. I am glad you want to share that you have eaten many strange food. But I really appreciate your comment. If you won't to try ampo, So do I. Have a great day, my friend.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, akirchner. I hope you enjoy this information. Although this snack totally weird, if you want to try a little bit of ampo. You can visit to Indonesia someday!LOL

See you again.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, prasetio30, for a very interesting hub . I love reading about other people's or country's tradition and food.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Nell Rose. I hope this hub useful for us as a knowledge. I don't want we just follow the people if we don't believe it. But you have good information. In some region at my country the people add hot charcoal in the coffee. They believe that was good for healthy. Thanks for share with us. I really appreciate your comment. Good to see you again.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good evening, Hello. I am glad you like this hub. Thanks for your attention to other culture. I really give a big appreciation to you. Thank you very much.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Dirt food? I should order some for the dogs............ they seem to be loving dirt lately, but why spend money when they can dig it up out of the yard. Me? No dirt here thank you! K


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

I'm pretty adventurous and I would at least try a bite of it were I visiting there. I'd rather try that in preference to live grubs or other foods...especially ones still alive which I have seen people eat on television shows.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Prasetio, I think I would have to say no thank you as it doesn't sound too appetizing. This is a very interesting hub and people eat many strange things around the world.

If I remember correctly I think there are people, usually not very well educated, who eat some type of clay in the USA and its called Pica. Pregnant women were eating it but it was not good for them or their babies. I really don't know if that still goes on or not but I remember reading about it years ago when I was in nursing school.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good morning, Kaie. I can predict that we may say that this will waste the money. The price was cheaper than other snack, but I think not all people liked to eat ampo, right! Actually I agree with you, we can dig it up in the yard. Thanks for share your opinion here.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Peggy. We often seen people ate weird food on television. But most of the they eat something "life". I think it still acceptable. But for something like soil or clay, maybe they won't to ate this. I really appreciate your comment.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Pamela for coming to this hub. I am glad you want to share your thought about this topic. I got new information from you that there are other people in USA who eat clay. It was new for me, I never thought before. Actually I agree with you when pregnant woman eat like this snack. There's no research which said for nutrition substance and maybe it harmful for the woman health and the baby also. Thank you very much.

Prasetio


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JannyC 6 years ago

Very interesting wow. It is really fascinating learning about other cultures and their food habits. Thank you for sharing this Prasetito


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twogroce 6 years ago

I agree... I also found this very interesting. Thank you for sharing it.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Janny. Nice to see you again. It's a long time we never meet. But I am glad you liked this hub. I hope you can learn about my country from the culture. Have a great day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, twogroce for dropping by. I hope you liked this hub and learn about a little culture from my country. Good to see you here.

Prasetio


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I have been reading so much lately about how we are missing so many nutrients in our industrialized food here in the US - and how lucky we would be if we could grow our own - and not to worry about eating some of the soil when we take if from the ground - because the soil (unless we used pesticides) - is filled with nutrients. I think there is a lot of logic and intelligence in this.

And what a timely hub. I just spent the weekend at my son and daughter-in-law's and she packed up lettuces and herbs for me to bring home - fresh from their garden. I just told another friend that I have no intentions of washing the fresh foods - I am going to eat it as is and I think it will do me some good.

I'd try the Ampo - all things in moderation. I like what the hubber above, Nell Rose is saying. I totally agree. We are so far removed from nature that we think nature will harm us. It won't. It's the damage done to it by man.

Another great super hub. Thanks so much. I will share it for sure, bookmark it - and rate up and more! Yay!


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agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

You always present unique content in your hubs Pras, including this one. That's great ! Keep on sharing. Thank you.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good afternoon, BkCreative. You give us too much, my friend. What a lovely comment. Thanks for share your opinion about this topic. I found great personality about your dedication to nature. Actually God give us everything for human include vegetable, fruit and even the soil. Why we don't use these better. I think you like gardening. I am glad you want to share your experience when you where in the garden. Good to see you again, my friend. I really appreciate your comment.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Agusfanani for coming to this hub. I hope you enjoy all information about this topic. Have a great day!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Let the people eat "soil"! Amazing again Sir! You certainly have the most pleasing hubs!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good afternoon, Micky. Thank for giving nice comment to this hub. I really appreciate your coming. God bless you!


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

I agree, it is a weird food. However, for those who grow up believing in its healing powers, it may actually work. It is said that one should never say 'never' but I don't it's something I would like to try. Neither would I like to try the exotic foods served on those reality shows, LOL! Voted-up/rated!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Support Med for rate this Up. I am glad you wanna try a traditional cuisines from my country, even it looks weird and I am not suggestion to try this food. But I found your biggest interesting to this food. You can try if you visit to Indonesia. I am glad to take you in that place. Good night, my friend.

Prasetio


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

prasetio, Again you amaze me, WOW I'm so grateful we have you to deliver such interesting things from around this great and wonderous planet. I rated this all that is good and enjoyed reading the marvels of Ampo a snack made of mud, reminded me of making pud pies as a kid :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks,Katie. I am glad you rate Up this hub. I hope you enjoy this information. Although this was a weird food. At least you now with traditional cuisine from other country, like in my country. Like you said before. It good to remind again when we play soil as a kid. Have a great day!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Eating dirt does not sound appealing to my Western tastes at all. But as the old saying goes, to each his own. The world is a fascinating place diverse with culture and oddity that abounds. Great and interesting hub. You really got your hands dirty with this one. ;)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Good morning, Springboard. I am glad you want to visit this hub. I really appreciate your thought about this topic. I agree with you that we have different culture in each countries. It should sound interesting to learn. I hope you enjoy with all information here. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

This was very interesting. I don't think I would like to try this snack though, but it was interesting to learn that people actually make snacks from soil.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Nancy for share your thought about this snack. I know most of us must be avoid this snack. Who want to eat snack from soil? I don't think all of us want to try this. Good to see you here. I hope it can add our knowledge about the various of cuisine around the world. Prasetio :-)


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

This is a very good Hub! Often women who are carrying a child will "Crave" dirt/or soil. It is clean, rich soil, and there must be something good, or else their body would not want it so bad. Thank you!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, LillyGrillzit for coming to this hub and share your thought about this snack. I know it look weird to eat but it real snack. Good to see you again.


cute 6 years ago

they eat to survive not for fun...poor them...:-(


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, cute for your appreciation to this hub. Although this is happen in my country, I hope the government will realize with anything happen with the citizen. Good to see you here.


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jojokaya 5 years ago from USA

interesting ampo. Nice hubs. Vote up


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, jojokaya. I am glad you want to visit this hub. Thanks for giving your vote to this hub. Take care!

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