You don't have to set up a shop to sell bread. A bread stand mounted on the back of the motorcycle can see the owner travel vast distance. Offering bread throughout the whole of Batam.
Not too sure if our stomachs are ready to consume their roadside food though.
Since you have stepped onto a tropical island, the drink that you must have in hand is a coconut fruit. It takes a little bit of experience to get a fruit with sweet juice.
Never ever choose an 'old' coconut. In this instance, size does not matter. The bigger it is, the harder it is to eat the skin, plus the juice tends to be a little bit more bitter.
Still, it's something that you may want to get your hands on. Ask for one that has been chilled! Totally yummy.
the pempek is one of the Indonesian local snack food favorites and I just have to try them. The difference between a keropok (cracker) and a Pempek is that the pempek has bits and pieces of the shrimp or fish or squid in it and is mostly made from some tapioca and other spices besides the sea food bits and again are available everwhere in indonesia and here in batam and again the favorite dipping sauce is the spicy sambal sauce. A small plastic bag of the Pempek will cost about 8,000 Indonesian Rupiah per bag.
more Indonesian Crackers and this time the fish crackers. Although the assorted Sea Food Style crackers are a generic across North and South East Asia, Indonesia is known for it's Keropok (cracker) industry and they export the assorted sea food flavored crackers all around the world. To cook a keropok, a wok and plenty of very hot cooking oil is needed. Raw krupuk is quite small, hard, and darker in color than cooked oneThe fish flavored crackers is one of the most popular in the area and There are numbers of variations on krupuk, many of which are made from the mixture of starch with seafood (shrimp, fish, or squid), but occasionally with rice, fruits, nuts or vegetables and they are available here everwhere and even you can have them at the tables at the hawker centers and the favorite dipping sauce again is the spicy sambal sauce. the keropok Ikan will cost about 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a small pack.
Indonesians love crackers especially sea food crackers like the Squid Flavored Crackers. Although the assorted Sea Food Style crackers are a generic across North and South East Asia, Indonesia is known for it's Keropok (cracker) industry and they export the assorted sea food flavored crackers all around the world. The squid flavored crackers is one of the most popular in the area and There are numbers of variations on krupuk, many of which are made from the mixture of starch with seafood (shrimp, fish, or squid), but occasionally with rice, fruits, nuts or vegetables and they are available here everwhere and even you can have them at the tables at the hawker centers and the favorite dipping sauce again is the spicy sambal sauce. the keropok Sotong will cost about 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a small pack.
Jack and Jill Potato Chips originated in the Philippines and was Manufactured by the Multi national firm called Universal Robina Corporation and since 2005, they established plants in Indonesia and their brand of Potato Chips and other kinds of Snacks (like the Piattos, Cheese Curls, Dynamite, etc) are now available in Indonesia and is one of the popular brands here. They are available in Stores and Supermarkets and souvenir shops and they cost 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a small 100 mg bag and 12,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a 250 mg bag.
Like in the many countries of Asia and South east Asia, Indonesia has lots and lots of dried fruit products and delicacies like the dried mango, the dried jackfruit, the dried pineapple, the dried tamarind, the dried papaya and more. You can buy them everywhere in the Batam area specially at the souvenir shops and the malls and they come in different shapes and sizes. A typical 100 mg dried fruit bag will cost about 20,000 Indonesian Rupiah per bag and it depends on the kind of dried fruit that you would get.
Indonesian Coconut Juice. Indonesia is currently the largest coconut producer in the world, dislodging the Philippines 5 years ago and since the archipelago has lots of coconuts, the fresh coconut juice is popular in these parts (although the thai Maprao Pao roasted coconut juice is for me the best coconut juice of them all). You can order them everywhere here like in restaurants or hawker centers and in food courts and among the street vendors, one large coconut with juice will cost about 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah Per order.
the spicy chili sauce of Indonesia. Indonesian are know as lovers of Spicy Food and their favorite dipping sauce is the sambal. It is typically made from a variety of chili peppers and is sometimes a substitute for fresh chilis. It can be extremely spicy so that youn must have a taste test before pouring it in in the Indonesian Meals that you order and since many of the indonesian meals are already spicy, try to put just a little bit in your meal if you are not fond of spicy sauces unless it is mixed with the food like the sambal sotong or the sambal ikan.
the gong gong or the local Sea Snail is a local delicacy in the Batam and Bintan and other areas of the Riau Archipelago. You need a wooden toothpick to be able to scoop out these fleshy goodness and they taste so sweet even without the sauce. Others say that the Gong Gong is Best eaten steamed to succulent perfection, the meat is fished out from the shell using a toothpick and dipped in ‘sambal’ (locally-made chilli sauce) first before eating but agian i prefer to eat it as it is due to the sweet and fleshy taste. It is available at the sea food restaurants around the Batam Area and is usually included in the Sea Food Lunch package of the Batam Day Tours.
the prawn crackers (keropok)
The Indonesian Prawn Crackers are tasty. prawn crackers are a generic crackers in asia and many countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam all have their versions and although Indonesia has the most varieties of the Keropok (or crackers) I find the malaysia version to be the most savory of them all (must be the MSG or Monosodium Glutamate added since it is not illegal to use MSG in Malaysia) but still they are the best. A word of caution though, the crackers are filling so you might end up full after eating a lot. you can buy them everywhere like stores or markets or malls and they cost 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a small pack to 10,000 Indonesian Rupiah for a big pack so grab one now!
Satay is A Indonesian and Malay Invention of grilling or barbecuing meals. the Satay is the Malaysian and the Indonesian Version of Barbecue and since both are Muslim Majority Countries, you would hardly see pork satay in these countries except for the chinese living in these countries. Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish, tofu, or other meats. These cuts are grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire, then served with various spicy seasonings and peanut sauce since the mainstay of a satay is the peanut sauce and the coloring is yellow from the Turmeric. You will see many roadside stalls and hawker centers in and around the Batam area selling this barbecue goodness and are eaten either alone or with Lemak rice or Curry rice or Biryani Rice and the cost is about 4,000 Indonesian Rupiah per small bamboo stick. Highly recommended and i can eat about 6 to 7 sticks in one sitting hehehehe.
one of my favorite South east asian Dessert.
the cendol is a trans southeast asian dessert that you can taste even in thailand, vietnam, singapore, myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and here in Indonesia. It is one of my favorite Southeast asian desserts and cendol or chendol is made from coconut milk, a worm-like jelly made from rice flour with green food coloring (usually derived from the pandan leaf), shaved ice and palm sugar. Next to these basic recipe, other ingredients such as red beans, glutinous rice, grass jelly, creamed corn and the taste is oh so heavenly. the chendol is available everywhere like in food stalls or food courts, markets, malls, hawker centers and hotels. the price of a chendol in a glass is about 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah.
Another favorite of mine. the southeast asian and east asian region are crazy about iced shaved desserts and here in Malaysia is no exception, one of the most popular iced shaved drink cum dessert is the Ais Kacang is the Malaysian and Indonesian version of the korean patbingsu and the japanese kakigori and the Thai Nam Kang Sai and the Philippine Halo Halo. Being a tropical country, Indonesians love cold desserts and Ais Kacang is on the top of the list. The Ais Kacang basically has a large serving of attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly and cubes of agar agar as common ingredients. Other less common ingredients include aloe vera in one form or another (e.g. jelly), cendol, Nata de coco or ice cream in various variants of the dessert. A final topping of Evaporated milk, condensed milk, or coconut milk is drizzled over the mountain of ice along with red rose syrup. It is available everywhere especially at food stalls and hawker centers and costs 7,000 Indonesian Rupiah an order.
one of the Indonesian Soft Drinks. Asians call the soda soft drinks while Americans call them Soda. Indonesia has a variety of them besides the multi national companies of coca cola or pepsi. The local Indonesian Soft drinks have many flavors and this is one of them and are available everywhere to quench your thirst and a small 355 ml can will cost you 5,000 Indonesian Rupiah will the ones in bottle will cost 4,000 Indonesian Rupiah.