Batam: Melayu’s Archipelagic Food Heritage

RIAU ISLANDS – Recognized as an archipelago in Indonesia, no wonder if there are over 3,000 islands nestled from the south of Singapore to the Sumatra eastern coast. Even though its existence came in 2004, it becomes the center of Malay-Indonesian community as well as the existence of modern Malay language. Because of the interconnected geographical facet, several of the culinary traits are influenced from Malaysia.

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Padang: A Hand-Eating Lifestyle

WEST SUMATRA – Possessing over 40.000 sq km width, there are not only several numbers of wonderful lakes stretched in the bay of the entire province that can be enjoyed, but also mesmerizing volcanoes, mountains and prominent landscape that become the apple of all the pleasure seekers’ eyes. Known for its nasi Padang, it is no wonder that Padangnese people emphasize coconut milk and spicy chili as the main ingredients. If looking the way Indonesians especially Padangnese people eat, using one’s hand is very common and considered as a custom since the beginning of its civilization. This is why foreigners are curious enough to feel the experience.

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Medan: When Oriental Mingles With Local

NORTH SUMATRA – Stretched across the island of Sumatra between the Indian Ocean and the Strait Malacca within 70,787 sq km width, making this province at the fourth rank of the most populous provinces after West Java, Central Java, and East Java. As it has heterogeneous ethnic groups derived by varied cultures such as Indian, Arabic, Chinese, and Malay, it is no wonder that the food is influenced and accentuated by those traits as well, emphasizing its existence of traditional cuisine that should be experienced.

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Aceh: The Exellency of Spices

NANGGROE ACEH DARUSSALAM –Indonesia’s special region located at the northern end of Sumatra covering more than 22,000 square miles. It is closed to Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India separated by Andaman Sea. Not only Baiturrahman Grand Mosque is Aceh famous of, but also dynamic Seudati and Saman dances, picturesque beaches, heterogeneous tribes and culture, and most importantly its culinary journey involving abundant herbs and spices boosted by the influences from Arab, Indian, Siamese, Malaya, Dutch and Spanish.

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