The Borneo cuisine has Chinese, and local, and Indonesian, and Indian traces of culinary traditions. “Nasi” rice is usually served here as one of the main courses. Local people use it as a side dish for meat, and as a separate dish, boiling it in bullion, making chips from it or frying it with eggs. They also steam Nasi in banana leaves. The majority of the population are Muslim, so pork is not common in Kalimantan, but other types of meat are loved and cooked well here. Seafood is quite popular here, as on any other island. Grilled octopus, a kebab from rapans, shrimps with sauce – all is cooked from the freshest products.
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It is important to remember, that people here like spicy food. Local chefs like different sauces, adding them generously to any dish, and if a sauce is spicy, it’s even better. You may try here locusts, shark fins, and a swallow nest in bullion. However, those delicacies are mostly imported from China, though, it doesn’t make them any less delicious. But it is for you to decide, whether to taste them or not. There is a peculiar tradition in Kalimantan – together with the spicy food people drink ice-cold water with a bit of lime or an ice tea with a bunch of herbs.
There is one peculiarity concerning the beverages. You can get arrested for drinking beer, wine, vodka, etc. in the public places. In whole, alcohol is not quite popular here. However, palm tree vodka arak and local wine brem, made with rice, are pretty good. If you want to heat things up and try local tequila, don’t forget to buy “Es Jeruk”, an alcohol-free beverage made from oranges, which the local people drink with alcohol. Those, who prefer beer, will also find something for themselves – there is a tuak beer in Kalimantan, made from the palm tree flowers’ juice. An interesting alcohol-free beverage, that the locals prefer, is coconut milk with rice, sugar, and ginger. If it’s too hot outside, try crushed blue ice. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The hotels usually serve just breakfasts, or a breakfast and a dinner, so you have to take care of lunch yourself. Don’t waste an opportunity to visit fish markets. Those are small restaurants with lots of aquariums, inhabited by sea animals. You choose, which one you want to eat, they take it to the kitchen, steam it – and you can enjoy a great delicacy, without questioning its freshness. We should warn you that if you have chosen a small café in a remote area, it is better to make sure they comply with the minimal hygiene standards. The Indonesians are used to it, but unprepared tourists’ stomachs may not be ready for this.
If you decide to have a cruise along the Palangkaraya River, which is near Sebangau National Park, then visit also Kampung lauk. This place will surprise you with affordable prices and a large variety of fish and seafood courses. While in Sampit, you can visit RM Abang Adul – they serve great "nasi goreng", fried rice with beef stew on top. If you would like to have a homemade pizza or a dessert in Palangkaraya, go to the Gallery and Resto Kupi Tambi. They don’t have the lowest prices, but the service level and good food worth it. If you want to try Dayak cuisine, visit Rumah Tjilik Riwut. It was established by one of the first governors of Kalimantan. Ocean's in Bikapan will please you not only with tasty food, but also with a great view. In Samarinda there is Lipan Hill Restaurant and Café. Here you can have a long dinner, watching the city fall asleep. In general, there are many great cafes and restaurants in Kalimantan.
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National cuisine of Indonesia
The cuisine of the island of Java was influenced by Arab, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. Spices are not overused here. Therefore, the dishes are not too spicy. Local cuisine is divided into Central Javanese, East Javanese, and regular Javanese cuisine. The difference between them is mainly in tastes. The cuisine of Central Java is sweet and not spicy. Eastern dishes are less sweet. Adding chili to a meal is a special feature of it. Boiled rice is the most famous food. It is served with many dishes. Tumpeng is yellow rice, which is laid out in the form of a cone. It is used for various ceremonies. The rice used for the preparation of lontong (sausage made of rice boiled in banana leaves) and ketupat (rice boiled in a woven palm leaf wrapper). Rice is cooked in coconut milk. Turmeric is usually added to it. Javanese are also very fond of taro, yams, and sweet potatoes. Cereals and bread are unpopular here. Rice can be served with noodles and potatoes. Palm sugar, sweet soy sauce, coconut milk, nut sauce, tamarind, shrimp paste, shallot, garlic, turmeric, and ginger are actively used in cooking.