Recipe | Rujak ft. Nusa Tenggara Timur (Sumba)

I had my list ready.

Manu pata’u ni, Nga’a watary patau kabbe, Ka’pu pantunnu, Manggulu, Kadapet watara, Bokosawu nyale, Bokosawu karagge.

These were just a few regional dishes I had researched before flying to Sumba and was eager to find.

But then I found myself in a situation where this was not possible. It was, however, how I discovered the real Sumba.

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Video | Wadi How-to

What happens when there is no way to refrigerate meat? Dayak tribes in Kalimantan worked with what they had and created Wadi. Watch this short video to find out what special ingredient the Dayak Ngaju use to preserve and flavor their protein.

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Recipe | Kopu ft. Kalimantan Tengah

I hate rice.

Ever since I was a child, I had no desire to eat this blank page of a starch that I was forced to ingest at every meal. My appetite was more eager for the side dishes my mother cooked than this bland, white mound that was meant to make me feel satiated.

My family became so accustomed to my disdain of rice that every time they reached into the steaming rice cooker to scoop a portion into our individual bowls, they would show me and ask, “Enough?”

I noted with satisfaction that it was always much less than everyone else’s serving.

“Enough.”

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