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DISCOVERING NIAS AUTHENTIC FOODS

SURFING IN NIAS ISLANDIn a land as secluded as Nias, you can expect local foods – traditionally made by the bare hands and traditional utensils – Nias authentic foods have intense flavour characterized by the unique spices that Indonesian cuisines are usually composed of.

SURFING IN NIAS ISLANDThe island is surrounded by coconut trees. It is no surprise that the locals incorporate coconut milk in most of their cookings. But that’s what makes these foods so special and are not quite like the ones you taste in anywhere else!

As you go surfing in Nias island, here are the must-try dishes and beverage! Jot them down because these delicious phrases might not be easy to memorize.

Harinake

Harinake is Nias’s traditional food made out of diced pork with a taste of local spices. Often served with rice cake, Harinake is a symbol of honouring the guests at the wedding party. The juicy meat is hard to resist.

SURFING IN NIAS ISLANDHambae Nititi & Bato hambae

As a home to marine life, Nias offers plenty of mouthwatering crab dishes such as Hambae Nititi and Bato hambae.  Hambae Nititi is crab meat cooked with coconut milk. The mixture creates unique savory taste and rich flavour.

Bato Hambae is another delicious smoked crab meat which has been shaped into rounds. It is used as a side dish that the locals would eat with rice.

Gowi Nihandro

The snack is made from boiled cassava smoothly mashed and topped with dried grated coconut.

Tuo Nifaro

Don’t expect wine or beers lining up at the beach in Nias when you go surfing in Indonesia. But you can try Tuo Nifaro – Nias traditional beverage made from distilled raw tuak which has been fermented.

The distillation takes about 6 hours to complete with low heat – creating steam during the condensation process. Tuo Nifaro was initially served in cultural parades or as a hot drink on rainy season. But with the constant restriction in alcohol beverage in the country, Tuo Nifaro hasn’t much been seen in many areas.

Loma

Another delicious snack made from glutinous rice cooked in a bamboo. Loma has that sticky texture with cylindrical shape.

Silio Guro

Minced shrimp mixed with grated coconut and wrapped with banana leaf. Silio Guro is cooked using traditional meat-smoking method with high heat.

Babae

Sautéed minced pork mixed with mung bean, grated coconut and clover.

Saku nisolo

Saku Nisolo often substitutes rice as the main dish. Made from sago starch, Saku Nisolo has that savory taste resulted from thick coconut milk as the mixture.

Dodol durian

During Durian season, you will find this seasonal fruit easily around the island. Dodol Durian is a traditional toffee treats made from Durian. It has sticky texture with inevitably unique durian-sweetness taste.

Now you know how tasteful food is in Nias Island… Our Surfcamp in Indonesia offers very energic food and transportation service from the airport so the only thing you will do is..

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CULTURE AND GEOGRAPHY IN NIAS ISLAND

Nias is an island of the North West of the Indonesian archipelago (also called Nusantara). The Island is a first-class celebrated surfing destination with many Surfcamps and home for  international competitions. But, this is not the only treasure this place holds. In fact, Nias possesses a unique and unusual cultural legacy kept by their natural residents (“Ono Nihas”, as they call themselves) almost intact since prehistoric times.

Niassians were primarily traders and warriors. Records state that they have been trading with Aceh (North Sumatra) since the late 17th century. They use to trade pigs since it was their main production. Yet, much of the original culture, still appreciable today, has to do with defensive strategies towards enemies, rituals for boys to become warriors, chantings for encouraging the soldiers, etc. Even now, the local community in Nias lives according to the standards of their ancestors. They respect a series of time-honored rules that organize social life in a highly hierarchical system of castes. To reach a high level in these stratus a man should be able to throw big celebrations, with food and entertainment for thousands of guests.

This culture has a strong oral tradition, writing has not been developed among the Niassians.  All in all, they speak Malay-Polynesian, but there are 3 distinct  dialects spoken in the island that differ in many words and morphemes (smaller units inside the words).

Nias is the biggest island that faces the west coast of Sumatra. It is surrounded by a series of smaller islands like Senau and Safau, Hinako and the Batu Islands. The Indian Ocean hit the island from the West making it one of the best surfing spots in the world. On the other hand, this is one rare example of these few paradisaical places where you can also profit of the mountain environment.

If you head to the middle of the island you will find a tropical forest, home to a very particular, endemic fauna that differs from the ones observed in any other part of Indonesia. Although it is a complicated area for settling, most towns were set up here for defensive reasons against aggressors. There is a clear difference between the way people organized their houses between the North and the South.

Read our article about one of the most important war ritual, the passionate Stone Jumping; and find out more about the Niassians and the main characteristics of the emblematic architecture of the island in our article about the Native People in Nias.

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