Maumere in Sikka Regency, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara is a coastal area, which has a variety of delicious seafood. The taste of the food starts from being savory, slightly sweet, sour, fresh to being spicy, which you can taste in Maumere. If you visit this city, do not miss to taste a variety of seafood. One of them is Wogi. Wogi is made from preserved Se fish. The Se fish is red anchovy that only appears in Paga and surrounding waters from October to December. This marine life is very rare.
When the season arrives, usually fishing mothers in Maumere catch the Se fish in groups around the Paga beach. They use Sere, a traditional fishing gear made of woven rattan. The way to preserve it is very simple. The fish, which has been cleaned, is sprinkled with salt and a little sea water. Then, stir the fish evenly until the salt melts. Then, it is preserved for 3 to 7 days, and then the fish can be enjoyed. This is what makes the fish last for months, even years.
To enjoy Wogi, the local people in Sikka Regency usually mix it with chilies, shallots, garlic, lime, and basil leaves which are mixed together. When tasting Wogi, you can also eat it with white rice, corn, bananas and sweet potatoes. It tastes so delicious. In Maumere, Wogi is priced at Rp 50,000 per bottle. This price is quite affordable. Because apart from being rare, the Se fish is very difficult to find, only on Paga beach.