Ambon Indonesia is definitely worth a trip. For most tourists, though it is a gateway to the Spice Islands and then relaxing holidays in a hotel in Bali. The Spice Islands are the origin of three very important flavorings we use in cooking also in the food, cosmetic, perfume, and other industries.
To the north you will find:
Ternate and Halmahera the origin of clove
To the south
Banda Islands are the origin of nutmeg and mace
We visited this trendy restaurant Dapor Kole Kole situated on a small side street. The theme and decoration are dedicated to the sea, fishing, and boats; and the menu reflects that. We had to try the typical and well known Bapedah, a sago dish and you need to learn first how to eat it. It is a side dish and we eat Yellow Tail Tuna in turmeric sauce with it. Watch my video below. There are other items on the menu like noodles that are cooked in a refreshing spice broth and again it had bits of Caklang or Skipjack tuna in it.
For dinner, our tour guide and organizer chose an unsophisticated street diner. The focus was definitely NOT on the decoration or comfort the focus was on delicious and simple food. Open to the street with a tiny open back garden there was some air circulation in the main dining hall. We found a big enough table in the small air-conditioned room though. We went back out to the entrance to choose our still living fish and decided that we wanted it grilled; it was done right there along the street. Fresh coconut water served in the shell without any sugar or syrup for me is the best companion for any food in the tropics.
While in Ambon waiting to travel on to Banda Neira on a speed boat we stayed at Amaris Hotel Ambon.
In Banda Neira Cilu Bintang Estate was our Home.
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