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Lombok takes culinary route to developing tourism

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, December 10, 2019  /  05:29 pm
Lombok takes culinary route to developing tourism

Finger food: 'Ayam taliwang' canape is the fusion version of the Lombok-style grilled chicken. (JP//Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

Currently known mainly as an alternative to Bali, the neighboring island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara is gaining increasing prominence as a tourist destination in its own right, and food may have something to do with that. Besides its attractive beaches and surfing spots, Lombok, the name of which translates to chili, is also known nationwide as the home of the most delicious terasi (fermented shrimp paste) and hot spicy dishes – local food that will lead the culinary diplomacy to develop the region as one of the top tourist destinations of Indonesia. A dinner event held by Javara Indigenous Indonesia in Kemang, South Jakarta, on Nov. 22 showcased delicacies and dishes from Lombok’s Sasak ethnic group with an upgraded presentation to appeal to both the palate and the eye of international and domestic tourists. The Ayam taliwang (a dish of grilled marinated chicken...