Enjoying Traditional Foods of East Nusa Tenggara Province


Visiting natural attractions and witnessing cultural heritages of East Nusa Tenggara Province are two common reasons why people keep coming to the region. Well, many other motives are available though. For example, tourists want to try different types of traditional foods that they find there. The good thing is that Indonesia offers tons of choices, so visitors can take their time and try them all! After all, it is hard to find such kinds of foods in other places. Thus, everyone should not miss the chance to buy some and taste the unique flavor of those cuisines.

Where to Get the Foods
Well, regardless of the choices, tourists should know where to get those foods indeed. The first common choice is definitely hotels’ restaurants. Even though the price might be more expensive, the quality and variety are indeed satisfying. The next option is available local eateries. Some people say this one is considered better, as the locals manage the place for generations and offer a unique characteristic which is better than those of fancy restaurants. Here is the tip. For first-timers, it is recommended to hire a local guide who can show the best places to eat when exploring NTT Province. Why is that? It may save much time and avoid disappointments.

Many Types of Them
The good thing is that tourists may find many options for delicious foods in East Nusa Tenggara Province. For instance, there is Titi Corn. The origin is East Flores. The locals eat it as a snack, so it is not the main course for tourists to enjoy. In terms of appearance, it is similar to cornflakes actually. For a more festive cuisine, tourists can try Muku Loto which often becomes the prime food during local ceremonies. In terms of name, the meaning is smelted banana. As people may expect, the main ingredient is definitely banana.

The next recommended food that tourists should try when visiting East Nusa Tenggara Province is Kena Kita. It consists of various peanuts and yams! The locals use it to replace rice as staple food, in fact. Not to mention it also consists of grated coconut, so it comes with a savory taste. Some people even eat it with cayenne pepper for a spicier taste! What is next? Well, there is Rumpu Rampe which is papaya flower sauté. In terms of taste, it is definitely great. Have no worries. The locals may neutralize the bitter taste of the ingredient with some salt.

Well, many other interesting foods are available for tourists to try when visiting East Nusa Tenggara Province. The next choice is Catemak Corn. The basic ingredient is definitely corn, but it has been mixed with other ingredients like green beans and pumpkin. So, are you interested to try them all?

Nearby Attractions

  • Komodo National Park
  • Kelimutu National Park
  • Pink Beach
  • Loh Liang
  • Lasiana Beach
  • Kelimutu Lake
  • Wae Rebo Village
  • Batu Cermin Cave
  • Tarung Village
  • Sirung Mountain

How to Get There
From Jakarta City, travelers can take a flight from Soekarno International Airport to El Tari Airport located in Kupang City. This flight takes about 2 hours and 55 minutes, so tourists won’t get tired during the trip. Once arriving at Kupang, they should rent a hotel room first before heading to recommended eateries to get those foods.

Where to Stay

  • Cendana Hotel
  • Pelita Hati Hotel
  • Carvita Hotel
  • Greenia Hotel
  • Jolly Hotel
  • Cahaya Bapa Hotel


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