Lombok has recently become one of the favorite stopover places for both local and foreign tourists. The beaches and natural scenery are equally beautiful compared to the Island of the Gods. In addition to enjoying the stunning panorama of Lombok, you are also obliged to taste the local cuisine.
Lombok cuisine is not much different from Bali. Most of the dishes are processed with spices that have a strong taste. In addition, some of them utilize marine products such as fish and others.
- Nasi Kotaraja
Even though it looks less attractive, it turns out that Nasi Kotaraja has an extraordinary taste that will make you addicted. People outside Lombok have widely recognized this.
Nasi Kotaraja is warm white rice given a special sauce then served with side dishes in Rarit and Sambal Sebie.
If you want to try Kotaraja rice, you can directly come to Kotaraja village in East Lombok. Nasi kotaraja has long been a favorite and popular dish in the East Lombok area.
For information, the vegetable rarit, which is a side dish to the Kotaraja rice is beef that has a special seasoning. This meat is processed by being seasoned and then dried in the sun, crushed, and fried. Meanwhile, sambal sebie is a chili sauce with an extraordinarily spicy taste.
Eating spicy Lombok food is indeed very fitting with the natural atmosphere offered by the island, which relies on the tourism sector to help its people’s economy.
- Nasi Campur Sukaraja
Nasi Campur Sukaraja is Lombok’s version of mixed rice that has been around for a long time.
One of the first places to eat in Lombok, which is quite popular selling the Nasi Campur Sukaraja menu, is Warung Cheap. This stall is even called the first stall that sells mixed rice because it has been operating since the 1970s.
Warung Cheap is known as a food stall that provides the best mixed rice in Lombok.
This typical Lombok mixed rice consists of white rice along with various side dishes, such as fried chicken, satay wraps, duck, and several other choices. If you like spicy food, try eating mixed rice with eggplant duck which has a spicy taste.
One of the typical foods that should not be missed while on vacation to Lombok is kelaq.
Kelaq is a vegetable soup dish made from various types of vegetables.
Kelaq consists of many types: kelaq, kelaq batih, kelaq moringa, kelaq lebui, kelaq hot pedis, and kelaq sebie. Kelaq batih is made from old chickpeas and young cassava as the main ingredients.
Meanwhile, kelor kelor uses Moringa leaves which are processed into clear vegetables. Kelaq lebui refers to vegetables that contain a bean called lebui which is similar to black soybean seeds. Then kelaq pedis banas means spicy sour vegetables that use basil as the basic ingredient. If you like spicy food, then you can try kelaq sebie. Kelaq sebie in Sasak language means spicy kelaq cooked with vegetables such as eggplant and long beans combined with tuna.
- Tuak Manis
The majority of the population of Lombok comes from the descendants of the Sasak tribe who have a close life with nature. This habit then creates food or drink, which eventually spreads to the entire surrounding area. One of them is a drink called Tuak Manis. Besides having a sweet taste, Tuak Manis is also believed to be able to cure various diseases. This nutritious drink is produced from palm trees that grow wild in the forest.
Tuak Manis is usually in demand and much hunted during the dry season and the fasting month.
One of the forests in Lombok, the main producer of Yual Manis is the Pusuk Lestari forest in West Lombok district. Some of the people of Lombok drink Tuak Manis regularly to cure kidney stones, diabetes, back pain, and help facilitate urination.
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