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The Most Delicious Wakatobi Culinary And You Must Try


Visiting Wakatobi is not always about tourist destinations. In Wakatobi, you are also obliged to taste the cuisine there. Here are some of the most delicious Wakatobi culinary recommendations and you must try.

  1. Parende Fish

One of the culinary characteristics of the first Wakatobi is Parende. Parende fish is indeed Wakatobi’s culinary specialty because it is rarely found in other areas. This culinary is processed fish cooked with tamarind and chili sauce, and the fish commonly used is sea fish. Parende usually goes well with kasuami, which is also a Wakatobi specialty. Kasuami is grated cassava that squeezes so that it does not leave the water. So it will be very hard, so it’s right if you eat it together with parende’s tamarind and chili sauce.

One of the places in Wakatobi that serves Parende fish as its flagship menu is Musliha Restaurant. Here, Parende is available, which is quite affordable, and you can also bring Parende home for family gifts at home. The location is near Mola Market, Kaledupa, Wakatobi. For the price of 1 portion of Parende, you only need to pay Rp. 35,000.00 only. And for souvenirs, there is an additional fee of Rp. 15,000.00 for packaging and freezing.

  1. Kukure

Another typical Wakatobi food is Kukure, made from sea urchins found in coastal waters. Wakatobi’s typical food is food that is rich in nutrients that are beneficial for the body. Even so, how to process it requires special skills because the spines that cover sea urchins can easily injure humans. After the sea urchins are cleaned, they are grilled until cooked. Usually, Kukure is most delicious when enjoyed in a very fresh condition right after it is cooked. Kukure is found in the Kaledupa area, Wakatobi the most.

  1. Kambalu Wakatobi

The typical food of Wakatobi Kambalu comes from tubers, namely taro, and taro wrapped in young coconut leaves. Taro can be ground first, then mixed and stirred with coconut milk, oil, and fried onions. If you have, you can put the dough in a wrapper from easy coconut leaves smeared with oil. Then the Kambalu will be steamed for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or wait until the color of the young coconut leaves is brown. Usually, this Kambalu goes well with Helo Asira, a typical Wakatobi food with ingredients of a young coconut, grilled hen, roasted coconut, kaulo, salt, and shallots.

  1. Wakatobi cakes

Gule-gule is a typical Wakatobi snack often served at traditional events such as weddings, circumcision, and others. This uniquely shaped snack comes from grated cassava and is left for one week, then mixed with flour and a little water and uniquely shaped and fried. You can find Gule-gule in almost all places in Wakatobi with the price of 1 container of gule-gule starting from IDR 10,000.

  1. Colo-Colo Grilled Fish

Colo-colo grilled fish is also a typical Wakatobi dish that you should not miss when on vacation to Wakatobi. This menu consists of grilled fish covered with a spicy sweet Colo-colo sauce and is usually eaten as a companion to rice or kasuami. You can find the Colo-colo grilled fish menu at the Wasabinua Hotel and Restaurant located on a coral reef, so it looks like a small island in the middle of the sea.

  1. Luluta

The next traditional Wakatobi food is Luluta, which is rice cooked in bamboo. This food from Binong Island uses the essential ingredients of rice wrapped in banana leaves. After the rice is wrapped in banana leaves, it is put in bamboo to burn at the bottom end. How to cook rice like this is unique and gives a distinctive taste of rice. You can eat Luluta after the rice in it is cooked, plus something like Parende and Wari as a complement.

Whether your trips take you on a long stroll on beaches, delicious cuisines, relaxing spas, and resorts or urban attractions, extra research will give you the best experience for your visit. Get to know more about Wakatobi by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.