Here comes the first post of a serie about “Food of West Sumatra”. West Sumatra is maybe one the least visited island of Indonesia but its raw nature and local culture captivated me. It’s the home of the Minangkabau muslim community : the largest matrilineal society in the world.
The island proposes plenty of food specialities, some of them are still made in a traditional way: using woodfire, banana leaves and ingredients produced locally. A must to taste in Indonesia is the coffee! Indonesia is well known for its coffee culture, everywhere you’ll go, from Bali, Jakarta to West Sumatra, you will find plenty of small street coffee stalls always packed with people. Coffee is produced, brewed and consumed differently in various part of the country. Indeed, Indonesia has more than 17 000 islands and hundreds of ethnic groups.
Traditionally, Indians prefer to have coffee with milk, but I am sure that you wont need it here ! Indeed, the Indonesian coffee has multiple flavours, making it quite soft and pleasant.
In the city of Bukittinggi (West Sumatra), locals like to drink coffee from coffee leaves – brewed with hot water – creating a subtle coffee flavor in the cup. They call it Kopi Kahwa. Have it with a local coconut cake cooked with banana leaves on wood fire or a corn delicacy.