If you are traveling to Riau for business or for recreation, you might want to try the breakfast menus from this region. The most popular includes: "lontong, nasi lemak, pisang goreng ketan, lupis, bubur kacang hijau pulut hitam, roti bakar sarikaya and Indomie rebus or goreng".
Lontong is consists of lontong (cubes of pressed rice, another version is ketupat: a type of rice dumpling that has been wrapped in a woven coconut leaf pouch and boiled) mixed with asorted vegetable and noodle, doused in gulai nangka (a stew of young jackfruit cooked in a lightly spiced coconut milk gravy) and dabbed with kuah pical (spiced peanut sauce). Lontong is always accompanied by “kerupuk”, a kind of crispy crackers. Lontong actually has many kinds of variant. It depends on where it is from.
Nasi Lemak is steamed rice cooked in coconut cream and spices such as ginger and occasionally herbs like lemon grass for additional fragrance, served with usual condiments inclusive of sambal ikan bilis (small dried anchovies and peanuts), telur belado (hard boiled egg in hot spicy sauce), kerupuk belado (hot spicy cassava chips). As a more substantial meal, nasi lemak can also come with a variety of other accompaniments such as chicken.
Pisang Goreng Ketan is fried bananas, served hot with sticky rice and sprinkled with fresh grated coconut.
Lupis is sweet sticky rice dumpling topped with palm sugar cream and sprinkled with fresh grated coconut.
Bubur Kacang Hijau dan Pulut hitam. Mung bean cooked with black glutinous rice and served hot with sweet coconut milk.
Roti Bakar Sari Kaya (Sarikaya Toast) is the signature breakfast menu in chinese coffe shop. Sarikaya is actually a paste made from coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, eggs and pandan leaves. The coconut milk is cooked slowly along with the rest of the ingredients to form a batter or paste. It is then spread into a slice of toasted white bread along with a small amount of butter. Traditionally served with a cup of local coffee/tea and soft-boiled eggs.
Indomie goreng or rebus is a dish of fried or boiled Indomie instant noodles with flavouring (usually chicken), vegetables, egg, and chopped chili. Indomie is a trade mark, but in Riau always used as instant noodle generic name.