Here’s an ingredient you can’t find in your local grocery store, not even in Indonesia — the kenari nut. After our visit to Pulau Alor in NTT, we foresee this nut becoming the next biggest star in the global food market very soon. Be one of the first to learn about how it is harvested in our latest How-to video!
In 1971, an American woman sought out traditional Indonesian recipes while living in New York City. She printed out the instructions with photos included, packed them into boxes with corresponding ingredients, and mailed the packages to intrepid American households willing to recreate them.
I had become accustomed to spending quiet, intimate moments with grandmothers, mothers, wives, aunts and daughters in village kitchens across Indonesia in the preceding months. It was a natural connection — woman to woman — and put me at ease, especially because I was a lone, female traveler. I felt comfortable putting my guard down only in the company of other females.
Across the islands that comprise of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), Jawada, also known as Kue Rambut, is a snack that links them all. This popular treat is a common accompaniment to tea and coffee in the region and a go-to travel snack. Watch as we learned how the locals on Alor Island, the eastern-most island of NTT, make Jawada right in front of us!
Our founder, Crystal, met Karina and Adriano, the creators of Food n’ Road, during one of her speaking events in Bali. This enterprising Brazilian couple were at the start of creating their own project — one to use food tourism as a way to sustain local food traditions found during their travels — and soon, a coffee date was made to compare notes of each others’ experiences!
The interview between Crystal and Food n’ Road was recently published on their website. Below is a preview of the interview. To read it in full, click here.