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Aceh province is located in the North of Sumatera Island as the westernmost region of Indonesia. The province has a lot of historical heritages, especially Islamic kingdom heritage, such as Baiturrahman Great Mosque which is a heritage of Aceh Sultanate. Besides, Aceh also has interesting natural tourism object namely Laut Tawar Lake. Laut Tawar Lake is located at Tinggi Gayo highland, Central Aceh regency, Aceh province. To go to this tourism destination, you can depart from Banda Aceh city by bus to Takengon. The distance is around 315 kilometers and takes 7 hours. Alternatively, tourists can visit the tourism object through Kuala Namu airport to Rambele airport for 60 minutes. This tourism object is free of charge for any tourists. The lake is named “Laut Tawar” because it is so wide like ocean with fresh water. Gayo people call the lake with the name ‘Laut Tawar’. For Gayo people, Laut Tawar Lake is very vital because besides as tourism object which is often visited by domestic and foreign tourists, the lake is also used as water source for Central Aceh regency and some regencies at surrounding areas. This tourism object has many flora and fauna; one of them which is the most known, is Depik fish which is endemic fish species in the lake. Depik fish has a small elongated type almost like anchovy. Usually, in middle of the year, around August until the end of the year, fishermen are busy to catch Depik fish at Laut Tawar Lake. Laut Tawar Lake is so beautiful because it is hit by two hills which present their own beauty. At this tourism object, tourists can also see people’s daily activities, such as farming and fishing. At the lake, visitors can also go around the lake by boat or bicycle. Visitors can also enjoy culinary tour at Takengon by tasting Depik fish, delicious and typical fish of Laut Tawar Lake. The tourism object has been completed with lodgings which can be rented by tourists.


North Kalimantan is a relatively new province in Indonesia. It was inaugurated on October 25, 2012 with Tarakan as the capital city. The location is directly adjacent to Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia. The people living in North Kalimantan are very diverse; some are from South Sulawesi, Dayak, Banjar, Bulungan, Tidung and Kutai. Ethnic diversity in this province, of course, affects its culinary.One of them is " “Tumis Kapah” or Sauteed Kapah, a popular Tarakan traditional cuisine. Kapah is sea shell species that live the in muddy part of the sea. Kapah contains lots of protein which is perfect for those of you who want to meet the protein supply in the body. Kapah is usually presented in the form of stir-fry. Sauteed with onion, garlic, then added with lime sauce.Besides being sautéed, Kapah can also be enjoyed just after being boiled with lime sauce. It will taste wonderful when accompanied by a glass of young coconut ice. You will be addicted to the delicious and tasty sea shell species .If you are in North Kalamantan, especially Tarakan, do not forget to taste this Tumis or stir fried Kapah.


Cracker or Krupuk is a kind of snack which is generally made from tapioca flour dough mixed with flavorings, such as shrimp or fish. The crackers are made by steaming dough until cooked, then thinned slice, dried in the sun rise and fried with cooking oil. The texture is crispy and usually used as a complement of various foods in Indonesia. Not only fried, it can also processed into a delicious meal called Capjae Kerupuk.Capjae Krupuk is a typical food of Magelang people, Central Java. The main ingredient of capjae krupuk is made from wheat flour. To make Capjae Krupuk, it is usually used onion crackers, shrimp crackers, and others. To make the food is not complicated. The raw crackers is firstly soaked in boiled water overnight. Then, the crackers were washed and then drained. Some spices such as garlic, hazelnut, pepper, and chili are smoothed first. Then the spices mixture is sauted with soy sauce, cabbage and onions, including raw crackers. Currently, people  making the capjae krupuk by adding more other ingredients, such as chicken meat, meatballs, sausages and carrot.Capjae is very delicious taste. The culinary is better to eat in warm, which can be eaten in a single menu or for side dishes. Usually, the Magelang people enjoy Capjae kerupuk with warm rice porridge. For those who are interested to enjoy Capjae Krupuk, you can visit Magelang, especially Kradenan Hamlet, Ambartawang Village. You can find many sellers of Capjae Kerupuk. It is very affordable price, ranging from Rp 1,000 to Rp 2,000 per portion.



Sulawesi Island offers endless natural beauty. Sulawesi Island are beaches and sea, and without exception Gorontalo province. In this province, you can find amazing panorama namely Sarond island. The beauty of its nature is often paralleled with Maldives. The beach on Saronde Island is so beautiful with clean white sand and clear blue water. It makes the beach often be paralleled with Maldives. On the beach, tourists can do many things. Besides exploring the beach, they can also enjoy snorkeling and this will be unforgettable experience. Because, on Saronde island’s beach, there are a lot of colorful fishes which are swimming through exotic coral reefs. There are also water sport rides such as banana boat. To visit Saronde island, you do not have to worry to be starving because there are various kinds of foods which are sold by the local people. They also sell unique crafts as souvenirs. On Saronde Island, tourists can set a tent for camping to enjoy the beauty of the beach longer. For tourists who want to stay at night, there is also cottage. The fee to stay in the cottage is relatively cheap around Rp 150,000 per night. Saronde Island is located at Kwandang sub-district, North Gorontalo regency. The island with only one kilometer wide has a distance 65 kilometers from Gorontalo city. From Gorontalo to Kwandang seaport, it takes around 2 hours by car.  From the seaport, the trip is continued by using speed boat which can accommodate 10 people.  The trip to Saronde Island takes around 15 minutes. Arriving at the island, tourists must pay entrance fee around  Rp 10,000 per person. 


Cungka dance

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Buton Island is well known with its asphalt. Besides, there are various kinds of tribes on the island. One of them is Cia-Cia tribe with the total population reaching around 80 thousands. This tribe is quite known with its uniqueness. The people of Cia-Cia use Hanggeul script in their daily life. Their traditional dance is Cungka. Cungka dance has existed since religion did not come yet at Wabula village, one of the villages which is lived by Cia-Cia tribe. The dance has its own meaning for the tribe. Cungka dance was brought by the first human who the first time set foot on Wabula village’s land. This time, Cungka dance is performed if there is usually a wedding ceremony. Before Cungka dance is performed, traditional song -Waironi is sung first without being accompanied by dance and drum. Then, Cungka dance starts being performed by male dancer and then by female dancer. The dance is accompanied by traditional music, such as big gong, small gong and drum. In session of the dance, Parabela or traditional male leaders and figures dance Cungka. Part of the dance has a meaning when process of human happened from the human soul’s trip which becomes a lump of water. After the male dancer, the dance is then performed by female dancer or wives of the Parabela and other figures. Cungka dance, which is danced by female, has a meaning human trip in uterus, namely from water to become a lump of blood. In the wedding ceremony, the Cungka dance will be continued with Ngibi dance. The dance is performed in pairs by using shawls. The dance has a meaning ‘happiness’ because from the lump of blood to become flesh and bone. The dance is closed with the dance from the bride along with family. The dance of the bride has a meaning a process which becomes human intact. Because it has very high meaning, the dance must be performed by the bride.


Tobelo town is located in east part of the northern peninsula of Halmahera and is the largest city on the island. Tobelo is the capital of North Halmahera district. The main attraction of Tobelo is that there are many small island clusters with white sandy beaches, crystal clear seas as well as stunning underwater beauty. In addition, the customs that are still deeply entrenched in the community are also the main reasons for tourists to come to this city. Besides, the amazing beauty of nature that you  must visit in North Halmahera Tobelo is Jembatan Batu or Stone Bridge Waterfall.Jembatan Batu waterfall is located around Mede River, Tobelo, North Halmahera, North Maluku. Its unique name is inspired by the shape of the rocks in front of it that forms a kind of natural stone bridge. The specialty of Jembatan Batu or Stone Bridge Waterfall lies not on its height which is only 10 meters, but the presence of other mini waterfalls in the same location. Being hidden and surrounded by dense forests makes the waterfall an attractive destination, especially for lovers of nature adventurers.For nature lovers who have rock climbing as a hobby, this place is one of the places worth being visiting to conquer the steep stone wall that is in the location of Jembatan Batu or Stone Bridge Waterfall. In addition to constrained steep cliffs, slippery rock is also one of the obstacles in reaching the cliff top. But the difficulty will soon paid off when you reach the top of the cliff that presents the beauty of natural panorama with incredible sensation. You will see a big pool from the top of a hollow roof. When it rains, the color of this waterfall is brown, mixed with soil. But if it does not rain, the water in the pool is turquoise blue. This clear water makes anyone want to throw themselves into the pond. The ceiling of the stone bridge looks pretty much like a walet bird nest and many other birds are also flying around the pool under the waterfall. If you have arrived in North Halmahera, Tobelo City and want to proceed to Jembatan Batu or Stone Bridge Waterfall, you can go to Mede village. Because the Waterfall Stone Bridge is located about 6 kilometers west of the village. If you use public transportation to this place, you can use a mini bus heading to Galela. Then, you get off at Mede village or Ruko village, and continue by walking into the forest. It is therefore recommended that you hire the services of a local guide.


The Chinese New Year celebration in Solo, Central Java is so vibrant. There are 5,000 lanterns adorn the city of Solo, especially in the complex of Pasar Gede, Jenderal Sudirman street and Urip Sumoharjo street. Moreover, the majestic Lunar gate is also installed along the road between City Hall and Pasar Gede, during the Lunar New Year celebration in Solo. The location of Pasar Gede actually becomes the center of Imlek celebration in Solo.

At the peak of Chinese New Year celebrations, 12 zodiacs, 12 neon nox sho, five dog lanterns, god fortune lantern, and werkudoro lanterns are also installed on Jenderal Sudirman street. In addition to beautify the city of Solo with various Lunar ornaments, various series of events were also presented to enliven the Lunar New Year 2569. At the peak of the event, the Solo government also held Grebeg Sudiro and Festival Jenang.

On February11, thousands of people packed the area of Jalan Urip Sumoharjo and Jalan Jenderal Sudirman. They came to watch the cultural caravan of Grebeg Sudiro. The unification caravan of Chinese-Javanese society began at 2 p.m. Grebeg Sudiro is a celebration which is organized prior to the Chinese New Year (Imlek) which features nine gunungan or offerings containing crops and basket cakes, the special cake of Chinese New Year celebration.

The two offerings are in the form of miniature of Monument 45 Banjarsari, the mayor's office, Loji Gandrung and a miniature of Pasar Gede. The Caravan was started from Pasar Gede - Jenderal Sudirman street - Mayor Kusmanto street - Lojiwetan junction - Kapten Mulyadi street – RE Martadinata intersection - Cut Nyak Dien street - Juanda street - Warung Pelem junction - Urip Sumoharjo street and back to Pasar Gede. After paraded, the residents were fighting for kue keranjang or the basket cakes.

Grebeg Sudiro is a mixture tradition of Chinese and Javanese communities. The word ‘grebeg’ is a typical Javanese tradition to welcome special days in Indonesia such as: Mulud (birth of Prophet Muhammad), Syawal (Eid’l Fitr), Eid’l Adha, and Suro (Javanese New Year).The peak of the Lunar New Year celebration, when the fighting for gunungan which is arranged to form a mountain. The moment was based on Javanese ‘ora babah ora mamah’ philosophy which means, no effort, no eat. Meanwhile, the shape of the mountain according to the Javanese people’s belief means gratitude to the Almighty God.

Grebeg Sudiro Tradition is held annually in Sudiroprajan area. Sudiroprajan is an urban village at Jebres subdistrict, Solo. In this region, ethnic Chinese have inhabited for decades and settled alongside the Javanese community. As the time goes by, there was a marriage between the two ethnic groups, then born a new generation. To show the acculturation between the two ethnics, then they held a new tradition called Grebeg Sudiro which was firstly held in 2007.


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Welcome to “INDONESIAN WONDER”, a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. In today’s edition, we will invite you to enjoy Bekamal Culinary from Banyuwangi.

Banyuwangi is one of the cities in East Java province. Osing or Using is indigenous people who inhabit Banyuwangi region. Traveling to Banyuwangi is not complete if you do not interact directly with the life of Osing people. They have rich and unique customs and traditions. There are Banyuwangi Gandrung Art, Barong Dance, Kuntulan, Tumpeng Sewu Tradition, and Jamuran Tradition. In addition, the Osing tribe also has a typical culinary that you deserve to enjoy. One of them is Bekamal, the culinary using meat as its main ingredient.

To taste it, the meat is then processed again to be consumed as a side dish. Before reprocessing, to minimize the distinctive aroma, bekamal meat must be washed with clean air and then soaked overnight with lemon juice. This is done, in addition to reduce the distinctive aroma, also reducing the dominant saltiness in Bekamal. The Osing community in Gintangan Village, usually serve Bekamal meat as side dishes. The meat put in bamboo rice or Sego Jajang. To try the taste of Bekamal that has been processed, you can find the culinary in Gintangan village, Banyuwangi. In addition, Bekamal is also sold in the form of packaging.

Bekamal is taken from the Javanese and Using language, which means the full of charity. The traditional culinary, is estimated has been existed since the 16th century when Islam began to enter the Blambangan kingdom, because at that time, people are familiar with the celebration of Eid al-Adha, so the meat stock is abundant during the sacrifice. The kingdom is a fragment of the last Majapahit kingdom in Java. The overflow of meat by the community is preserved into Bekamal. Formerly the local community, the meat was put into ‘kendil’ which is previously flavored and then closed tightly to at least 10 days. After the meat is considered cooked it can be taken just a little bit, to be sauteed as a side dish.

That was the segment of Indonesian Wonder, with the topic about Bekamal Culinary from Banyuwangi.



Touge Goreng

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Welcome to “INDONESIAN WONDER”, a daily segment featuring tourism, culinary arts, fine arts and culture from various regions across Indonesia. We will invite you to enjoy Touge Goreng in Bogor West Java.

Bogor, one of the cities in West Java is located near the capital city of Jakarta, just less than 1 hour drive from downtown Jakarta. It makes the city are mostly visited by Jakarta citizens or foreign tourists for their vacation, especially on weekends. You can enjoy various attractions in the rain city. There is a Bogor Botanical Garden which offers the wealth of Indonesian plants. Then, the Bogor Palace, Situ Gede, Sindangbarang Cultural Village and other interesting tourist attraction. After you are satisfied to visit various interesting objects in Bogor, its not complete if you are not enjoy the delights of various Bogor typical culinary.

During your culinary tour in Bogor, we suggest you to enjoy the sensation of its typicall culinary such as Touge or Toge Goreng. The main ingredient is bean sprouts. Usually the bean sprouts is processed infront of the buyers, using a simple stove. It does not suitable with the name, Toge goreng since it is not fried. Toge is sauteed, or boiled with hot water. Toge goreng then mixed with yellow noodles, pieces of ketupat or rice cake, and tofu. Then the ingredients that have been cooked is watered with tasty sauce made of oncom. The oncom sauce is sauteed that has been mashed first along with spices, such as galangal, onion, bay leaf, tomato slice, leek, chives, and tauco (soybean fermented paste), sweet soy sauce, orange juice, and salt.

When eaten, the taste is delicious. Toge Goreng is one of the typical culinary of Bogor as favourite culinary of many people, because it tastes good and the price is relatively cheap. It is only Rp.15.000 to Rp. 20,000 per portion. Usually toge goreng is sold by the street vendors, and some peddlers sell the food by using carts. Besides in Bogor, the culinary also can be found in other areas, such as Depok, Tanggerang and Jakarta.

The dish of Toge Goreng actually have tight history with the Chinese ethnic in Bogor rain city. An observer of Chinese history in Bogor, Mardi Liem, in a portion of Toge Goreng, almost of them use the term of hokkien.

Starting from tauto which is a fermentation of soy, then mie or noodles, and tauge or bean sprouts, all derived from the term of hokkien. This culinary is also believed has been born from the association of the Chinese people and European community. In Europe there is spaghetti with its incredibly sour of tomato paste. The menu was brought to Indonesia, by the Chinese traders. Before being brought to Indonesia, they had processed this culinary with some ingredients, such as noodles, tofu, tauge with typical sour tomatoes of China. As the time goes by, Mardi Liem said, the spread of toge goreng run from the western coast of Java such as Pandeglang and Banten. In this phase the menu was changed. The Sundanese people who are accustomed to the lalap or raw vegetables, choose oncom to replace tomato sauce. That was the segment of Indonesian Wonder for today with the topic “Toge Goreng”.




East Nusa Tenggara province -NTT is well known with tourism destinations. Besides Komodo Island, the beauty of beaches and exotic under-sea view becomes tourists’ destinations. But there are a lot of tourism destinations which are still natural and hidden. One of them is Matayangu waterfall. Matayangu waterfall consists of two waterfalls. The first waterfall has height around 75 meters and its water is from river in the cave. The second one will appear when rainy season comes. Its water is from river that is above as high as 130 meters. Just below the waterfall, there is small pool with amazing blue water which is used as bathing place. The best time to visit the waterfall is at the time of rainy season or in March until June, and October until December. Matayangu waterfall is located at Manupe national park. The waterfall itself for local people is sacred place. The place is often used for worship by Merapu people. They believe that the waterfall is place where their ancestors live. In addition, they also believe that in the cave which becomes water sources, there is ancient tomb which stores historical stuffs. Matayangu waterfall is located at  Waimanu village, Katikutana sub-district, Central Sumba regency. To go to this place, from Kupang, you take around 1 hour by using airplane to Waingapu. Then, the trip is continued by using motor vehicles around 2 hours to Waikabubak. Arriving at Waikabubak, the trip is continued to Manupe national park and takes around 3 hours. Here, you must walk through forest around 1 hour. But your fatigue will disappear after you see the beauty of Matayangu waterfall.

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