Delicious Steamed Yam (Ubi Kukus) in Belu Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province


Visiting Belu Regency of East Nusa Tenggara Province during a long holiday is indeed a good idea. It is because tourists can find numerous natural attractions for them to explore including beaches, mountains, and many others. Even the region offers interesting traditions and culture! What is more? Do not forget the fact that it also offers several mouthwatering foods and snacks including the one called “Ubi Kukus” or steamed yam. It has a savory and sweet taste! Not to mention it is considered nutritious foods that everyone can enjoy.

About Belu’s Steamed Yam
While visiting Belu Regency, everyone should never miss the chance to eat such delicious steamed yam. Have no worries. It is widely available so tourists can get one easily either from local sellers or snack vendors. Here is the fact. The locals make it every day, as a daily snack! The prime ingredient is none other than cassava flour and grated coconut. It also consists of brown sugar and green beans! In terms of appearance, it looks similar to the Japanese Onigiri actually. However, the taste is unique and way too different as compared to it.

Enjoying Delicious Steamed Yam
The best way to understand the tastiness of Belu’s Steamed Yam is definitely to eat it directly. However, tourists should come to the region right away. It is because the original Ubi Kukus tastes better than those of other regions. Even though tourists need to spend some money on transportation service, they won’t regret it at all. Not to mention they would get a better experience if they are able to join the locals when eating the snack. This way, they can learn how to eat the steamed yam properly.

Aside from eating the steamed yam, tourists are also recommended to learn how to make one. Have no worries. The locals are friendly enough to teach both technique and recipes to everyone. The primary cooking technique is definitely steaming. Here is the important information. Villagers use a special steamer made of lontar leaves. It has the shape of a cone, actually. The locals call this steamer “Kakuhus”. Later, it is inserted into a clay pot and fill it with water before cooking.

Usually, the Indonesian locals eat the steamed yam along with a cup of coffee and sour fish sauce! Not only the snack is delicious, it also has valuable nutrition. It is even said the food is able to get rid of several diseases like anemia and headache. Not to mention it gives a good amount of energy to the body. Do not forget the fact that it doesn’t come with too many calories.

Nearby Attraction

  • Adipura Monument
  • Pancasila Monument
  • Atambua City Park

How to Get There
For those coming from Kupang City, their prime destination is indeed Atambua City (the capital of Belu Regency. The distance is 277 km, so it takes approximately 6 hours and 22 minutes to get there. Have no worries. The trip becomes faster if they take Nasional Trans Timor Street. Once arriving at Atambua, they can simply head to a nearby snack vendor or local eatery to try the steamed yam of Belu!

Where to Stay

  • Klaben Hotel
  • Merdeka Inn
  • Kalpataru Inn
  • Liurai Hotel


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