FAQ'S FOOD AND DRINKS
The standard Indonesian food like nasi goreng, mie soup and soto ayam are widely available. In every small town you will find the padang restaurants (the ones with the curtains in front) where you can eat rendang and curries. A local dish is ikan kuah, a fishsoup with a fish head.
In Larantuka, Maumere, Ende, Riung and Labuan Bajo you can eat delicious seafood.
In Bajawa, Moni and Ruteng are a few so called tourist restaurants where you can order steak, spaghetti and French fries. Labuan Bajo has some more international cuisines and for some reason there are many Italian restaurants.
A popular vegetarian dish is gado2, vegetables al dente with a peanut sauce. In padang restaurants you can order tempe or tahu, with vegetables and rice. Fried noodles with vegetables and an egg is also an option. And in Labuan Bajo also pizza’s or pasta’s are served.
Good news. In Indonesia food is hardly prepared with cow’s milk so the risk is almost zero. If in doubt just tell the waiter:
“saya alergi susu sapi, jadi tolong, jangan pakai susu sapi”
And this is the contrary as many dishes are prepared with peanuts. To avoid say:
“saya alergi kacang tanah, jadi tolong, jangan pakai kacang tanah”
Candlenuts (kemiri) are often used in Indonesian dishes. Tell them:
“saya alergi kacang-kacangan, jadi tolong jangan pakai kimiri dan kacang”
The fish and seafood is easy to see but many dishes in Indonesia are prepared with terasi, a paste made of shrimps. Don't forget to ask:
“saya alergi ikan dan makanan laut, jadi tolong jangan pakai terasi"
Tempe and tahu (tofu) are mady of soy. Also kecap (soy sauce) is made of soy. If you don't want any soy please say:
“Saya alergi kedelai, jadi tolong jangan pakai kecap”
No, water from the tap is not safe enough. Please buy bottles of mineral water. The brands Aqua and Ruteng are most sold on Flores.
Yes you can buy mineralwater everywhere on Flores. The most selled brands are Aqua and Ruteng (from Flores)
No, not at all. Beer is available everywhere. In Labuan Bajo, Maumere and Ende are real wineshops and and many of the supermarkets in Labuan Bajo who sell (import) liquors. Moke (arrack, made from palmwine) is widely available from farmers and along the street (Aimere, near Labuan Bajo) and also part of the tradition on Flores.
Yes, and no horror stories on Flores like elsewhere on Java and Bali. Like said, arrack is part of the tradition.