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Lotek: Gado gado’s Sundanese brother
by: Emma Kwee

A traditional Sundanese vegetable dish that is both delicious and nutritious goes by the name Lotek. It basically consists of several vegetables such as tahu (tofu), cole, kangkung (waterspinach) and taugé (beansprouts). It is added with a spicy peanut sauce and topped with krupuk. The best way to eat the Lotek is to crush and sprinkle the krupuk and mix the pieces with each spoonful of this saucy delight. There are two versions of preparation. The first being the raw lotek and the second being the steamed version.

It sort of resembles another Indonesian favourite called Gado gado but the spices that make up the peanut sauce as well as some of the vegetables used are different. Lotek is usually eaten with steamed rice or lontong, sticky cubes of rice that are neutral in taste thus complementing the spiciness. It is especially popular amongst ibu ibu (older ladies) for its healthy qualities. Although the idea of eating raw vegetables with a spicy sauce might seem foreign to foreigners (no pun intended), it actually works very well. As long as the vegetables aren't overcooked, its crispy bite offers what is needed for coping with the spicy after taste of the peanut sauce.

One of the best places to savour this traditional delicacy is Warung Lotek Cihapit which is located on the street of the same name. It has been in business for over 30 years and has since become the lotek specialists that they are today. Fans of this dish flock from all over Indonesia to get their fix. It is a modest establishment that maintains the traditional warung concept. The menu consists of several Sundanese specialties served with a no nonsense style and prepared with pride.

Other good lotek warungs can be found on Jalan Kalipah Apo which is near Alun Alun (the central square of Bandung ). Typically, the price for a generous portion of lotek is around Rp.5000 which is a rather fair price for a dish filled with the vitamins and energy that it provides.


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Jalan Cihapit No. 6

About The Author

Emma Kwee

Emma is a Dutch born and bred Indonesia lover who after years of traveling stranded and lost her heart to the same country her father was born in.

Emma writes for Streetdirectory Indonesia. Robert J Steiner manages Streetdirectory.co.id & FlowerAdvisor.co.id, well known for for online Flowers & Gifts in Indonesia.

She is currently living the good life in Bandung, writing for streetdirectory.com while sipping fresh coconut juice under a palmtree, she's planning on staying put for a while.

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