The Batak tribe in Indonesia is widely known for its rich culture and traditions. Up to today, you can always tell when someone is Batak as they carry their family beliefs with pride. With 6 different clans around North Sumatra, Lake Toba and Samosir Island are home to the Batak Toba clan whose cuisine is characteristically known for their andaliman flavors.
The Sichuan pepper-like andaliman pepper is a plant that is endemic to Lake Toba and its surroundings. As a key ingredient in many dishes in traditional Batak Toba cuisine, the spicy kick is what keeps the locals warm.
Find comfort in the flavorful Batak cuisine around Lake Toba as you enjoy the endless panoramic views and fresh cooling breeze all around. With Indonesia seeing better days in the pandemic, Lake Toba is a top Best Ever Eats destination for a much needed recharge. Here’s a short guide on what to eat for a whole day in Lake Toba.