Colorful, nourishing and heavily rooted in tradition, rumpu rampe is a dish that heals all wounds.
As connecting to nature is an important value for the people of Labuan Bajo, Rumpu Rampe is a dish that celebrates that. It’s a healthy, nourishing dish that’s close to heart for the local tribe and believed to be a culinary reset from modern eating habits.
Made from an eclectic mix of tropical plants like cassava and papaya leaves, rumpu rampe traditionally uses vegetables and heritage crops that are in season, and harvesting for them requires the cooks to forage for the plants with their bare feet touching the ground.
Preparing this dish calls for a herbaceous paste made from shallots, garlic, chili, salam leaves, pepper lime leaves, and adding a dash of salted anchovies and raw grated coconut for a savory crunch. Keep the dish in tradition by boiling the ingredient separately to respect the doneness timing of each ingredient.
What makes people fall in love with rumpu rampe is its complex flavors, with notes of bitterness, spiciness and savoriness all in one. Hitting the right amount of balance is key in this dish, so if you find one that sparks your tastebuds, you know you caught a rumpu rampe jackpot!
However, finding this dish can get hard as it is reserved for weddings and other special gatherings. In other words, follow what William Wongso said and crash a wedding to get a taste, if you dare!
Health & safety protocols to note
When you’re traveling around Indonesia, don’t forget that health and safety protocols are still strictly enforced. Major tourist destinations will have temperature checks and won’t let you enter without your masks. Vaccine certificates are also required upon entry across all establishments, so have it ready from your PeduliLindungi app.
Certain international travelers are allowed to enter Indonesia with strict regulations, so be sure to keep checking before you book your tickets and start packing. Domestic travel across the archipelago is open for vaccinated travelers, but remember to remain safe and be responsible for yourself and others.