Who says Lombok is the same as any other beach escape or cultural destination? This tranquil eastern neighbor of Bali also provides exotic foods which are totally different from other Indonesian dishes. Their particular taste, in addition to their pungent odor, is the center of attention here, leaving interested foodies in awe.
Here are the 5 best foods you need to try while you’re in Lombok:
- Plecing Kangkung
Possibly the yummiest Lombok specialties you must taste is Plecing Kangkung, and it is definitely suggested for several vegetable and seafood fans. This spicy water spinach salad has a distinctive limp look yet crunchy texture. The blanched vegetarianism is topped with a chili and shrimp paste dressing, grated coconut, garlic, deep-fried peanuts, and lime juice.
Rumah Makan Taliwang H. Moerad
Address: Jl. Pejanggik, Pelikan, Kec. Mataram, Kota Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat
Opening Hours: 7 am to 10 pm
- Ayam Taliwang
Ayam Taliwang is Indonesian grilled chicken. However, what makes it as compared to other Indonesian grilled chicken is the principal ingredient, or “Ayam kampung”, meaning poultry from the village — it usually tends to be smaller, juicier and more organic than the rest of the fowl is covered in “taliwang” sauce, made from shrimp paste, garlic, lime juice, chilies, salt, and candlenuts. Gobble it up while it’s still hot.
Rumah Makan Taliwang
Address: Jl. A. A Gede Ngurah No.26, Cakranegara Timur, Cakranegara, Kota Mataram
Opening Hours: 9 am to 10 pm
- Sate Bulayak
What sets this beef satay apart from other skewered dishes is its companion, often called Bulayak. It, therefore, a sort of compressed rice cake, wrapped in palm leaves has an elongated shape. This particular dish is served with a spicy, coconut milk sauce. Many vendors are selling this food — but the one in Taman Suranadi is recommended.
Sate Bulayak Suranadi
Address: Suranadi, Narmada, West Lombok Regency, West Nusa Tenggara
Opening Hours: 8 am to 6 pm
- Sate Rembiga
Sate Rembiga has been popular since the Pejanggik royal household, in Rembiga Village, introduced it to the general public. This traditional dish is made of marinated diced beef, skewered, and then grilled over hot charcoal. The blend of spicy and sweet flavors whets everyone’s desire. Love it with either cooked rice or compressed rice cake.
Warung Sate Rembiga Utama
Address: Jl. Wahidin Sudirohusodo No.5, Rembiga, Selaparang, Kota Mataram
Opening Hours: 9 am to 11 pm