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Food Fridays: Explore the Spice of Lombok Island

Lombok Island’s spicy water spinach – plecing kangkung – may be its best-known dish to outsiders, even as the island, which neighbors Bali, draws a growing number of visitors.

Famous for its beautiful beaches and small outlying islands, Lombok also bears an array of tasty dishes, such as braised eggplant, grilled beef satay, and smoked chili chicken.

Most of Lombok’s cuisine incorporates a basic seasoning called beleg, made from a bevy of spices including garlic, onion, coriander, cayenne pepper, red chili and turmeric. Like much of Indonesia, island cuisine can be very localized and some of the spices used in dishes from Lombok might be hard to find elsewhere. (…read more)