If you are curious about what Bandar Lampung has for its authentic cuisine, then Cikwo is where to head next.

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If you are curious about what Bandar Lampung has for its authentic cuisine, then Cikwo is where to head next.

THE FIRST IMPRESSION that I get during my recent visit to Bandar Lampung was that this city or perhaps the whole Lampung province in general, has a really strong cuisine influences coming from Javanese immigrants and Peranakan. While Minang cuisine is apparent in many areas around Indonesia and here as well, but there’s also an interesting influence coming from South Sumatra province or some people would generalize it as Palembang.

For instance, it’s the sambal seruit and tempoyak – or the highly addictive yet fiery sambal mixed with fermented durian. Yes, you heard me right if this is your first time.

Apparently the fermented durian is a delicacy much-loved in areas with Melayu influences – from down here in Lampung to Palembang, Pontianak in East Kalimantan, and way north to Malaysia. However, tempoyak is not meant to be consumed on its own and is usually combined with sambal or made into paste and also applied to some dishes.

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With this I decided to find an authentic restaurant that introduces everything about Lampungese cuisine and Cikwo was a very obvious choice. While Lampung is very near to West Java and Jakarta, the language is wholly different and in order to decrypt the whole menu here you will need the patience and the kindness of Cikwo’s excellent and prompt service.

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The signature dish here is the taboh iwa tapa semalam, or the 24-hour smoked tilapia served in coconut milk and kluwek broth. While the appearance is very similar to Javanese mangut iwak pe, the broth is equally rich and somehow the Lampungese version has the upper hand thanks to the incredible sambal seruit tempoyak.

Another must-have here are anything using the local fish such as the pindang patin (pangasius fish), pindang baung (hemibagrus fish), and luscious blue marlin fish satay in peanut sauce called sate iwa tuhuk. Top your white rice and the accompaniments of vegetables for sambal seruit tempoyak with these delicacies. Now consider yourself immersing with the uniqueness of Lampungese cuisine.

Jalan Nusa Indah no. 1, Bandar Lampung – Lampung
T: +62 812 7327 6777
OPENING HOURS: Daily, 8.30am – 9pm
SPEND: IDR 25,000 – IDR 50,000 / person

Written by Rian Farisa Photographs by Rian Farisa June 21, 2016.