A traditional food festival featuring native West Kalimantan ingredients

Borneo on the island of Borneo has a rich culinary tradition. In West Kalimantan, in Lanjak Village, Batang Lupar District, Kapuas Hulu Regency, a traditional food festival will be held  on September 14-15.

The festival, initiated by the natural resource management NGO Ripple Bumi, aims to promote the best food made by locals, reports Kompas.com, adding that sustainability and the use of natural, hygienic and healthy ingredients sourced from forests will be a consideration.

Deasy Rinayanti Pelealu, one of the festival organizers, told Kompas.com, Monday, September 2, the festival has been held in recent years in Lanjak Village. It started when members of The Ripple of the Earth wanted to reintroduce traditional foods that were usually eaten every day but became very scarce due to the rush of instant food.

“This festival makes people proud of traditional food from the forest as well as local wisdom,” deasy said.

He continued, the food displayed in the festival must be sourced from the environment around the participants.

Participants in groups of three to four people are required to create a menu that includes appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and traditional drinks.

The menu should consist of ingredients sourced from forests and rivers that participants collected the day before.

Among the popular ingredients that the festival participants are expected to bring are bamboo shoots, cassava, sweet potatoes, and even sago caterpillars.

Valentinus Heri, Director of Riak Bumi, said that the natural resources in Kapuas Hulu have been utilized by local residents to support their food security.

“Various ingredients have been processed in such a way as to become a unique traditional food and are in demand by many people,” valentinus said.

Expressing concern about the abundance of fast food with artificial dyes and preservatives, Valentinus believes natural food is superior in terms of taste and nutrition.

According to him, it is necessary to encourage people to be proud of their own natural food.

Borneo on the island of Borneo has a rich culinary tradition. In West Kalimantan, in Lanjak Village, Batang Lupar District, Kapuas Hulu Regency, a traditional food festival will be held  on September 14-15.

The festival, initiated by the natural resource management NGO Ripple Bumi, aims to promote the best food made by locals, reports Kompas.com, adding that sustainability and the use of natural, hygienic and healthy ingredients sourced from forests will be a consideration.

Deasy Rinayanti Pelealu, one of the festival organizers, told Kompas.com, Monday, September 2, the festival has been held in recent years in Lanjak Village. It started when members of The Ripple of the Earth wanted to reintroduce traditional foods that were usually eaten every day but became very scarce due to the rush of instant food.

“This festival makes people proud of traditional food from the forest as well as local wisdom,” deasy said.

He continued, the food displayed in the festival must be sourced from the environment around the participants.

Participants in groups of three to four people are required to create a menu that includes appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and traditional drinks.

The menu should consist of ingredients sourced from forests and rivers that participants collected the day before.

Among the popular ingredients that the festival participants are expected to bring are bamboo shoots, cassava, sweet potatoes, and even sago caterpillars.

Valentinus Heri, Director of Riak Bumi, said that the natural resources in Kapuas Hulu have been utilized by local residents to support their food security.

“Various ingredients have been processed in such a way as to become a unique traditional food and are in demand by many people,” valentinus said.

Expressing concern about the abundance of fast food with artificial dyes and preservatives, Valentinus believes natural food is superior in terms of taste and nutrition.

According to him, it is necessary to encourage people to be proud of their own natural food.

Seafood Dishes from West Kalimantan

West Kalimantan is a unique place because it is a melting pot of several major cultures. There are three dominant cultures in this large province, namely Dayak, Malay, and Chinese. This can be clearly seen in the traditional food of  West Kalimantan.

There are many foods that reflect the beauty of this assimilation. But since Pontianak also has a long coastline, let’s just look at the seafood dishes. Here are some of the most sea-based dishes from West Kalimantan.

Chai Kwe

Chai Kwe (also known as Choipan) is actually a Chinese dish. However, these dumplings are very popular in Pontianak. Chai Kwe filling is mostly taro and bengkoang mixed with leeks and small shrimp (ebi). As you might expect, chai kwe is delicious when it’s warm. This is a great side dish for any main course.

But but

This traditional food comes from Ketapang. The main material is a rather small scallop endemic to the region. It has a shiny and smooth shell. The flesh is milky white. The cooking process is quite simple because not many seasonings are used for this dish. That is, you can still enjoy the original taste of clam meat.

Squid Squid

Cuttlefish pangkong is a preserved squid. Usually squid is preserved using salt. However, that method makes the squid very hard. In pangkong cuttlefish, the squid is softened using a special hammer. This squid is very popular during the month of Ramadan. This savory squid is usually eaten with peanut sauce or shrimp paste. It is also a delicious side dish.

restraints

This one snack is indeed filling. Arguably, the restraint is almost similar to the Burasa from South Sulawesi. Glutinous rice is mixed with coconut water and then wrapped in banana leaves. Using special tongs made of bamboo, then baked until fully cooked. The end result is a tasty and savory snack.

Pontianak Crab Noodles

At first glance, you may have difficulty distinguishing Pontianak Crab Noodles from dried Aceh Noodles. However, Pontianak Crab Noodles are mostly dry (without gravy) but with many delicious side dishes. Obviously, the main topping is crabs. However, you can also find meatballs, shrimp, fish, fried dumplings, or meat.

West Kalimantan, especially the coastal areas, is a great place for culinary adventures. There are many seafood-based, traditional foods typical of West Kalimantan that you can enjoy along the coastline of this province.

WET CRACKERS

Who doesn’t know about this one meal? Yes, Kapuas Hulu has many types of traditional food. Like one of them Wet Crackers or it can also be called wet crackers or the surrounding community calls it “Temet / Temit”. It is called Wet Crackers because after cooking it can be eaten, without being dried in the sun or fried like crackers in general. Usually crackers or chips tend to be dry but these foods are wet. Why? Because  this food is put in boiling water. It tastes good, but not only the taste is good Wet Crackers also contain a lot of protein because it is made from fish. Wet crackers can be made from several types of fish such as: belidak, toman, cork, baung.

Wet Crackers are familiar in Kapuas Hulu Regency but also in Indonesia. People from other regions of Indonesia sell it, but the origins of Wet Crackers from Kapuas Hulu are tastier. It is more delicious if eaten with peanut sauce.