Arem-arem is an Indonesian-Javanese snack made of compressed rice cake in the form of a cylinder wrapped inside a banana leaf, filled with diced vegetables, tempeh or oncom, sometimes also filled with minced meat or abon (beef floss), and eaten as snack. Arem-arem is often described as a smaller size lontong snack with fillings, thus sometimes also called lontong isi (lit. "filled lontong").[1]

CourseMain course
Place of originIndonesia
Region or stateJava
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientscompressed rice cooked in banana leaf with vegetables or minced meat fillings
VariationsDifferent fillings, also related to lemper

It is a common snack in Java, and commonly found in Indonesian marketplaces as jajan pasar ("market munchies") as a type of kue (snack) offered there. Arem-arem is often served as traditional ceremony, family gathering, birthday, office meetings, and often presented in a snack box.[1] It is quite similar to lemper, but use regular rice instead of sticky rice lemper.

Variants and fillings

The rice is cooked 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.
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