Kupang is the capital of the province of East Nusa Tenggara. Besides being famous for its natural beauty, this city also turns out to have a lot of unique food with unique flavors with its own characteristics.
From corn-based snacks to traditional culinary delights with the main composition of meat, everything is in the area known as the city of coral.
Well, if you happen to want a culinary tour to NTT but are confused about what food to try? Take it easy, here we will review 10 lists of delicious Kupang culinary specialties and must be tried.
1. Corn Titi
The first typical food in Kupang regency that you must try is titi corn, a type of snack made from corn and has a very crunchy texture.
At first glance, this snack looks similar to cornflakes. It’s just that, this titi corn is fried without oil then pounded until flat.
Apart from being often used as a dish for guests, these snacks are also very suitable for taking home as souvenirs to accompany relaxing with family at home.
It is very easy to get it, almost all souvenir shops in Kupang sell it and the price is only around IDR 10,000-IDR 50,000 / pack, depending on size.
2. Nuabose sweet potato
For Kupang people, nuabose sweet potato is a food ingredient that is often used as a substitute for rice because it contains carbohydrates.
This confectionary ingredient is different from sweet potatoes in general, where the texture is softer, sweeter, less fibrous and also smells good when cooked.
Usually, this sweet potato is eaten with salted fish and fried chili sauce and is accompanied by a warm drink. The delicious taste will definitely make you addicted to the Footsteps of Picnic.
To hunt for this sweet potato, please come to Ndetundora or Randotonda villages. About the price, it is usually only priced at around 20-25 thousand per bundle with a weight of approximately 7 kg.
3. Bose corn
The name of the next typical Kupang food is bose corn, a traditional dish that is often used as a culinary substitute for rice.
This dish is made from softened white corn then mixed with red beans and coconut milk, so it’s no wonder the taste is so tasty.
Bose corn itself is usually enjoyed together with various other side dishes such as fried tuna, lu’at chili sauce or paria shoots.
If you want to enjoy it, the most appropriate place to go is a restaurant Green Garden House on Jln.Amabi-Tofa, Kupang. The shop is open from 08.00-21.00 WITA. One portion of bose corn here is pegged at around IDR 15,000-IDR 20,000 only.
Next there is Kolo, this one food made from processed rice cooked with spices then put into bamboo and then put standing on a fire to burn.
This culinary, which is also often called grilled bamboo rice, is usually served for meals together during the Penti tradition as a thanksgiving for the harvest season.
And this culinary delights are usually enjoyed with various other side dishes ranging from chicken or pork. Pengangan is also similar to lontong kupang which is famous in Javanese areas such as Surabaya, Sidoarjo and Pasuruan.
But unfortunately, this traditional food is very rare and finding it can be quite difficult. If you want to taste it, you can be patient until the rice harvest season arrives.
Well, according to the recipe, this next typical Kupang cuisine is made of thin meat sliced lengthwise and cooked by smoking. This culinary is one of the most popular snacks, you know.
The meat used can be beef, pork or fresh sea fish. These culinary tastes are very delicious and so appetizing.
These culinary delights are also very easy to find in Kupang and one of the most famous places for this menu is Bambu Kuning Resto at Jl.Perintis Kemerdekaan I, Oebufu, Oebobo.
This shop is open from 08.00-17.00 WITA and a portion of sei here is usually pegged at around IDR 15,000 / portion.
Apart from titi corn, Kupang city also has another delicious specialty, namely Jawada. This snack has a unique hair-like shape and is usually served at traditional ceremonies.
Besides its unique shape, Jawada also has a distinctive aroma and taste, a combination of flour and brown sugar, coconut milk and juice. This snack is cooked by frying it until it’s crispy.
Javanese cakes are sold in many souvenir shops around Kupang and the price is still very friendly.
7. Hit Us
Well, one more typical traditional Kupang culinary which is often used as a substitute for rice, the name is hit us.
Kena Kita is a kind of culinary porridge made from processed sweet potatoes and peanuts and this dish is often served with a sprinkling of grated coconut and cayenne pepper.
Its soft texture and savory and spicy taste make many people addicted to want to taste it again.
As a substitute for rice, this culinary dish is usually served as a daily menu at the homes of Kupang residents. So to enjoy it is not difficult, of course.
8. Muku Loto
The next Kupang culinary is Muku Loto, a type of food made from banana that is crushed and then cooked with pork, beef or buffalo.
Muku Loto itself is usually served as a vegetable for the people of Kupang. These culinary delights are only available during traditional ceremonies and they can also be found in Nagekeo Village.
9. Corn Catemak
And the next typical Kupang food is catemak corn. At first glance, this traditional culinary categorized as a dessert is similar to compote, it’s just a little salty.
Apart from corn, this culinary treat is also equipped with other additives such as wax gourd, green beans, vegetables, salt and special seasonings.
To enjoy it, the Anugerah stall on the edge of Oesao rice fields is the place. Besides being delicious, the price of catemak corn is also very affordable.
10. Rumpu Rampe
The last typical Kupang food that you must taste is rumpu rampe, a type of sauteed papaya leaf and flower. This dish is usually served in homes as a side dish.
And one of the most famous places to sell rampe rumpu is the Anugerah food stall in Oesao, East Kupang. Talking about price, no need to worry, it is still very affordable.