Literally translated as: Red/White Porridge
A popular culture within the Malay (initially the Javanese) community, to commemorate one’s birthday with this nice treat.
The red/brown portion is sweet due to gula melaka (palm sugar), while the white one is salty (doused with salted coconut milk). Maybe there’s some kinda’ significance, as to the colour and contrasting tastes but I have no idea what it is.
This bowl here is for my son’s 1st birthday, according to the Islamic Hijrah calendar - on New Year, 1 Muharram.