7 Local Recommendations Food to Eat While in Batam

Batam is known as a triangular intersection for trade between Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Because of its position, Batam is known as a bustling business center.

Not only are there tourist sites that must be visited but various hotels in Batam provide many facilities. It’s not complete if you visit Batam if you don’t try the special food.

Summarized from various sources, here are some typical Batam foods that you can enjoy while visiting this city!

  1. Sago Noodles

Sago noodles have a chewy texture, large size and distinctive aroma come from the thick aroma of sago mixed with herbs and spices. This one snack is usually served with a sprinkling of bean sprouts, additional eggs, fish balls, shrimp or even pieces of fish. Interestingly, this sago noodle is served with cold water sauce, not hot like other types of noodle preparations.

  1. Slime Noodles (Mie Lendir)

Slime Noodles are made from a mixture of yellow noodles and white noodles, which are complemented by bean sprouts, hard-boiled eggs, chopped green chillies, celery, and fried onions. The sauce is brown and thicker, hence the name slime noodles. Then the sweet taste and the thick texture come from the presence of a mixture of starch in it

  1. Otak-Otak

Otak-otak has several variants of the basic ingredients for making them, such as fish otak-otak, squid otak-otak, or mixed brains of fish and squid. Otak-otak is usually processed by roasting or frying, other than that, some use peanut sauce or according to taste.

  1. Dagong Rice

This food comes from the word ‘dagang Gong-gong’ so named because the seller serves a nasi lemak dish cooked with a mixture of seafood endemic to the Riau islands, namely Gong-gong. This one food is usually served using a banana leaf wrapper and is a mainstay of the breakfast menu. The taste is so distinctive, savory and delicious.

  1. Bingka Bakar

Bingka Bakar is a typical Malay cake dish that has a dense texture but is soft inside. This cake is quite fragrant because it comes from pandan leaves. As time goes by and people become more creative in making this kind of traditional cuisine, you will find various flavors of Bingka Bakar. 

If the original version of flavor only had a pandan flavor, right now, you can also taste Bingka Bakar with chocolate flavor, corn flavor, sesame flavor, and cheese flavor. Some people even sell it with some fruit flavor which makes this cuisine unique.

  1. Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh or rou gu cha is a food that was born from two cultures, namely the Chinese in the Malacca strait, one of which is in Batam. Historically, this food was a dish for port workers in the early 20th century. Bak Kut Teh is made of beef bones, which is cooked into soup or deep-fried together with various special spices and seasonings.

  1. Bilis Molen

Bilis Molen is a type of cake that is often used as a snack or a snack made from Bilis Fish. Bilis fish itself is a type of seawater fish that is greenish gray in color and small in size like anchovies.

You can enjoy various typical dishes from Batam when you visit this city. After enjoying a beautiful tour in Batam City, you can taste the delicacy of typical food that is incomparable.

Various hotels in Batam City also usually provide Batam specialties for visitors who stay overnight. One of them is Aston Batam which also has various interesting facilities for staying guests.

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