Place of Origin : Java
Source : My Grandmother
Dadar Gulung is one among the popular snacks & desserts in Indonesia, especially in rural villages of Java island. In my childhood time, I've seen this
sweet dessert everywhere, homemade by my grandmother, by the street vendor in traditional markets or special cake & dessert shops.
History suggested, this dessert is an adaptation of european pancake that the Dutch has introduced to Indonesian during the colonialism era. But my ancestor have modified it into indonesian variant and replaced some ingredients with local ingredients which're very easy to obtain.
Here is whole milk replaced by coconut milk, combined with sweet grated coconut as a filling. Though it was terrible being colonized but there is a bright side though,...at least people are forced to be taugh and more creative ;-)!
Important Note : For those of you who live abroad where the fresh grated coconut is impossible to obtain, then you have to take desiccated coconut as a substitute. The problem is desiccated coconut contains no more coconut milk which required for the filling. As a result, the coconut filling will be relatively dry & almost tasteless. But don't worry !! After many times of "try & error" experiments, I found a simple trick to overcome this problem. Just add very thick coconut milk as I write on the recipe into the filling. I assure you, the coconut dressing will be soften, moisted and more tasty.
Tipp: The above mentioned trick can be applied for other recipes as long as fresh grated coconut is required for example Urap-Urap. Just take the half amount of fresh grated coconut as described on the recipe and replace the other half with thick coconut milk. For example 300 gr fresh grated coconut = 150 gr desiccated coconut + 150 ml thick coconut milk.