10 Facts About Batak cuisine


Batak cuisine is the cuisine and cooking traditions of Batak ethnic groups, predominantly found in Northern Sumatra region, Indonesia.

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Batak cuisine is part of Indonesian cuisine, and compared to other Sumatran cuisine traditions, it is more indigenously preserved.

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Batak cuisine people are majority Christian — unlike neighboring Muslim-majority ethnic groups such as Aceh and Minang — Christian Batak cuisine people are not restricted to Islamic halal dietary law.

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The Northern Sumatra capital of Medan is a Batak cuisine hotspot where numerous of Lapo can be found, yet the city is a culinary center of halal Malay Deli, as well as Indian Cuisine and Chinese Indonesian cuisines.

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Outside its traditional lands in North Sumatra, Batak cuisine can be found in Lapo in Jakarta, as well as most of the Indonesian major cities.

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Batak cuisine however, retain its indigenous Austronesian cooking traditions; such as cooking meats along with its blood.

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The most common Batak cuisine spicy sauce is called arsik — it is a Batak cuisine sauce made from the mixture of andaliman, turmeric, garlic and candlenut.

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Many centuries Batak cuisine tribes has led a relatively isolated way of life and maintained their ancestral belief systems.

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Today majority of Batak cuisine tribes are Christian, for example Batak cuisine Toba, Karo, and Pakpak.

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Batak cuisine Lapo Tuak is a drinking establishment dedicated to serve this traditional alcoholic beverage.

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