Ayam Taliwang

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Ayam Taliwang
Ayam Taliwang in Lombok
Ayam Taliwang in Mataram
Course Main course
Place of origin Indonesia
Region or state Mataram, Lombok
Created by Disputed
Serving temperature Hot or room temperature
Main ingredients Grilled chicken
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Ayam Taliwang is a spicy Indonesian ayam bakar (grilled chicken) dish from Lombok.


Although Ayam Taliwang is said to be a dish favoured by Sasak nobility,[1] Abdul Hamid claims to have invented the dish in 1970.[2] It is named after Karang Taliwang in Mataram, the capital of Lombok.[1][2]


Ayam Taliwang is made with chicken (preferably free range), which is cut and cleaned prior to grilling. Once it has been grilled halfway, it is removed from the grill and tenderized with a pestle. It is then dipped in cooking oil; after several seconds in the oil, it is put in a spicy sauce of garlic, chili, and shrimp paste. It is then fried or grilled to order.[2]


Ayam Taliwang physically appears similar to regular grilled or fried chicken, with a covering of sambal. Its taste is sweet and spicy, with traces of shrimp paste. It can be served with a side of water spinach (pelecing) and eggplant (beberuk) covered with chili sauce.[2]


The Taliwang flavour has been adapted for instant noodles.[2]

See also


  • Kamah, Wahyuni (24 October 2001). "Ayam Taliwang Thriving Despite Fast-Food Boom". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  • Nugraha, Panca (26 April 2007). "Famed 'Ayam Taliwang' Makes Mouths Water". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
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