TRADITIONAL LOMBOK FOOD

SATAY REMBIGA

This beef satay has a soft texture with a mix of sweet, savory and spicy flavors. The name Rembiga comes from Rembiga village. A simple yet delicious dish of seasoned beef cubes grilled over hot coals on bamboo skewers. This is one of the most popular traditional Lombok foods that is often sought out by tourists. Many newcomers to the dish get addicted to the sweet, spicy satay served with warm rice or rice cakes wrapped in leaves with vegetables. While Satay Rembiga is popular with locals and tourists, only a few vendors specialize in the dish. At Rembiga village in Selaparang, Mataram, where the dish originates from, women prepare the satays daily.

PLECING KANGKUNG

Your trip to Lombok won’t be complete without sampling the region’s most popular vegetable dish: plecing kangkung. Its made from blanched water spinach, served cold, with a dollop of special chili sauce as a topping. It is also accompanied by other vegetables such as bean sprouts, string beans and grated coconut. Plecing consists of kale and spinach that is boiled and served cold with fresh tomato sauce, made from chili pepper, salt, shrimp paste and tomatoes, and sometimes a hint of lemon. Plecing is usually served with extra vegetables such as bean sprouts, green beans, fried peanuts, or ointment. Kale is used for cooking is also very distinctive, not like kale vegetables that are common on the island of Java, but usually in the form of water spinach grown in the river which produces large kale with crispy bars. Tomato sauce / condiment plecing is made using Lombok paste and combines well with chilli spinach.

SPICY CHICKEN (AYAM) TALIWANG

Ayam Taliwang is undoubtedly the most iconic Lombok cuisine, traditionally featuring grilled chicken served with sambal (chili paste). Although the original version has the chicken grilled, there are some places that offer deep-fried chicken as well. Foodie tip: always look for ayam Taliwang places that serve free-range chicken as it is the tastiest. Taliwang chicken is the typical food of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara-based chicken spices served with a dried red chili, onion, garlic, red tomatoes, friedshrimp, kencur, Java sugar, and salt. Usually served with traditional foods such as Plecing Lombok. This typical Lombok dish is a favorite among both locals and visitors to the island. At first glance, Taliwang Chicken looks almost like the common grilled or fried chicken, simply covered with a spicy relish. Only after tasting it will you notice the difference!

SATAI BULAYAK

Sate Bulayak is actually pretty similar to sate Madura (Maduranese chicken or meat skewers, popularly known as ‘satay’). What differentiates the two lies in how the lontong (rice cakes) are served. The lontong for sate Bulayak is wrapped in spiral-shaped sugar palm leaves. The beef satay itself is cooked using a special chili paste recipe from the Sasak tribe.

MIX RICE (NASI) BALAP PUYUNG

Nasi Balap Puyung is steamed rice served with shredded chicken, chili paste, soybean, abon (shredded and fried meat) and fried eel. The strength of this food comes from the spicy and simple marinade.

FISH SATAY TANJUNG

Unlike other satay dishes that are usually made of beef or chicken, sate Tanjung is made of cakalang (tuna) fish that is marinated with coconut milk and other spices. Sate Ikan Tanjung (Fish Satay) originates from a village called Tanjung in Northern Lombok. It is comprised of pieces of fresh snapper or tuna mixed with coconut milk, lemongrass, garlic, chilli paper, spices and wrapped onto a sate stick and grilled. It is easy to find this Satay in Ampenan and Tanjung where the food comes from. It is often served with fresh chili.

BEBALUNG

The main ingredient of bebalung soup is cow ribs or sometimes buffalo ribs. These ribs are flavored with bird’s eye chili, garlic, shallot, galangal, turmeric and ginger. Once cooked, a handful of fried shallots are added to the soup. Bebalung in Sasak language means ribs. This food called Bebalung because it is made from cow’s or goat’s ribs. It is cooked similar to common soup but very well done so the meat on the bones become very soft with traditional seasoning blends. This menu is always available in every celebration of local residents. Served with plain rice, slices of lime and chilis make it fresh and tasty. The soup and chilis are served separate so for someone who can’t eat spicy food can try this.

IKAN BAKAR NIPAH

One of the greatest ways to enjoy an exotic Lombok beach is by having a bite of Ikan Bakar Pantai Nipah, which is a special grilled fish found on Nipah or Pandanan Beach. The fish is marinated in various seasonings, such as lime juice, garlic, chilies, ginger, and sweet soy sauce, then grilled over hot coals. Other variations include squid and shrimp. This is a great dish to try on the beach as the fish are very fresh.