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Typical Culinary of NTT

Typical Culinary of NTT Flores

The typical culinary delights of NTT, East Nusa Tenggara, Flores, is a culinary tradition full of strong flavors. There are also many successful entrepreneurs in the NTT culinary field.

The richness of the type of cuisine of the land of flowers is the nickname for flowers This is a reflection of the cultural diversity and traditions of East Nusa Tenggara, which consists of 9 districts and 1 city, and occupies an important role in Indonesian national culture in general.


Grace Rumondor

Grace Rumondor is the founder of Go Travela Indonesia. Her favorite culinary topics are History and Cooking Techniques.

In this article on favorite food from the land of the flower of Flores, you can find out more by clicking list of contents as follows.

East Nusa Tenggara which has 1.192 inhabited and uninhabited islands has now become a favorite and is diverting the attention of many world and domestic tourists.

Don't forget the typical dishes which are rich in spices such as onions, candlenuts, turmeric, coconut, chilies, galangal, ginger, ginger, galangal and palm sugar.

Influence cooking techniques according to the use of these ingredients and traditions.

NTT's typical culinary delights also received influence through trade originating from Java, China and Europe (especially Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands).

NTT Culinary

Flores, from Portuguese which means "flower", is an island within the administrative area of ​​East Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia.

The name Flores comes from the Portuguese "cabo de flores" which means "Cape of flowers".

Flores Flower Country's Favorite Food

Well, apart from having natural and cultural beauty, of course there are lots of typical NTT culinary delights that you can try. This can also promise future online culinary business opportunities to become a successful entrepreneur in the NTT specialty culinary field.

More details of these favorite dishes are as follows.

Se'i Smoked Meat

This food is a typical food from NTT. The basic ingredient for making se'i is "meat" be it beef, salmon or pork. But there are also those who use chicken meat.

Se'i Smoked Meat

What is se'i? Se'i is thinly sliced ​​meat that is sliced ​​lengthwise. If the meat has been sliced, sprinkle the meat with salt.

Then hang it to dry for a few hours. Then the meat will be cooked by smoking.

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Bose Corn

The next typical NTT culinary dish is bose corn. Bose corn is a staple food for the people of the island of Timor, NTT, which is a substitute for rice.

Because in the past it was difficult to get rice, Flores people used to make corn as a staple food.

Until now, of course, it is very easy to find bose corn in people's homes.

Maize Bose a successful entrepreneur in the culinary field NTT

Meaning of bose is to soften, so that bose corn is a corn dish that has a soft texture.

Well, this soft corn is cooked white corn mixed with coconut milk and red beans until it becomes porridge.

Bose corn is usually served with side dishes such as bamboo tofu, lu'at chili sauce to smoked pork.

Corn Titi

Even though both are made from corn, the processing of titi corn is different from bose corn.

Usually titi corn is first fried until brownish, then fried until set.

What is the meaning of the word titi is pounding until it is set. Hence Society Alor Island NTT locals call this food as corn titi.

Corn Titi, a successful entrepreneur in the culinary field, NTT

One of them is a successful entrepreneur in the culinary field, typical of North Sumatra, Titi is Mr. Yonas Larantuka which sells online packaging of titi corn snacks with various flavors.

Even though it looks easy to make, the taste of titi corn is so original and very crunchy. Of course, titi corn is perfect as an afternoon snack with a warm cup of coffee.

To prepare this food, don't forget to use only low heat because usually local people will take the hot corn that is being cooked using their bare hands.

Corn Catemak

Catemak corn is the next typical NTT culinary that you need to know.

Indeed, corn itself has existed as a substitute for rice, so it is not surprising that most food from NTT is made from corn. Not only bose corn and titi corn, but also catemak corn. What is catemak corn?

Corn is a dessert made from corn, green beans, and wax pumpkin. Then cook it using flavoring spices.

At first glance, you will think that this catemak has a sweet taste, but actually catemak corn has a salty and savory taste.


Jawada is a typical fried snack food from NTT which is triangular shaped and has a distinctive aroma of brown sugar or palm sugar and rice flour. Apart from these two ingredients, there are also other ingredients such as palm juice and coconut milk.

If you look closely, this typical NTT culinary dish has a texture like vermicelli which is then fried dry. This food is usually served during special traditional ceremonies.

For those of you who are visiting NTT, Java is now very suitable as a souvenir. This is because this cake can last a long time when stored in an airtight jar.

So, for those of you who are curious about what it tastes like, you can find this cake at local traditional markets. What's more, the price is quite affordable, you know!


Kolo is the name for the grilled rice of East Nusa Tenggara, NTT. Usually kolo is cooked in bamboo which is then placed on fire to become a grilled dish.

In the manufacturing process, this typical NTT culinary delight puts rice in young bamboo. The rice will then be mixed with spices and water. Then this food is burned and the top hole is covered with banana leaves.

Usually the burning process takes up to half an hour.

Kolo Culinary Typical NTT

If it is ripe, then the kolo will be removed from the bamboo and is usually a typical dish for various Flores traditional events.

Of course, kolo is the main menu that is very fitting to eat it with vegetables or as a side dish of fish or se'i meat.


The next typical NTT culinary in beverage liquor & spirits is Moke Flores. What is clear, this one regional specialty drink is sap which is the result of tapping palm fruit or palm trees.

It can be said that moke is a typical alcoholic drink of the Flores people.

Moke is the result of distilling sap in a clay pot and then connecting it to bamboo pipes.

NTT's Typical Culinary Moke

The color of this drink is usually yellowish (like whiskey) with a lighter taste (light).

This type of light is now widely served in the form of fresh cocktails with a beach atmosphere. You can find types of Moke Cocktails in Flores tourism centers such as Labuan Bajo to Larantuka.

Because the distillation process still uses traditional methods, of course the manufacturing time requires a difficult and quite long process, and even requires patience.


What is a ramp? Yes, this culinary one is made from papaya leaf vegetables and sweet potato leaves. The origin of this dish is from the Maumere area, but some say it is from the Larantuka area.

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Even though the preparation uses papaya leaves, you don't need to worry because this papaya leaf dish has a delicious taste. not bitter.

Why? Because previously it has been neutral with salt water soaking ingredients.

To prepare this dish, it will be stir-fried using simple spices. Apart from that, this rumpu rampe vegetable is also a daily food staple for the local NTT community. To make it even more delicious, this typical NTT culinary dish is suitable to pair with Larantuka's special chili sauce and fried fish.

keep reading: Want to know why flores has the nickname land of flowers? »


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