Eating

There are no restaurants in Hatobuilico, but the guesthouses are happy to provide meals, or you can buy produce to cook from the local market.  There are many small shops and kiosks that sell basis items. Also see the information below about drinking waterin Hatobuilico. You will also find water and other items to drink.

Eating in the guesthouses

If you are staying or visiting and want food prepared for you, you will need to make an arrangement with one of the guesthouses (and preferably in advance). They will give you a cost for each meal (likely in the order of $3 per person for dinner).

Meals are likely to be simple, with rice and vegetables as the standard fare.  A typical meal will include rice, two vegetable dishes and maybe a dish with noodles and vegetables. Hatobuilico food is not highly spiced and you might like to ask for chilli (aimanas) or salt (masin). If available, you might be served eggs, either fried or mixed in the noodle dish. Servings are ample. Chicken or meat is a rarity and if you want to eat meat you are advised to bring it with you for cooking. If you ask for chicken, you will soon see the feathers fly and it will cost you about $15-$20 for the bird and then some for the cooking. Plates of food will be placed in the centre of the table for you to help yourself. Lunch and dinner will be similar fare.

Breakfast can be bread (paun) with an egg or rice porridge and maybe some fruit such as mangos (haas) or bananas (hudi) with coffee (kafé) or tea (xa).

Drinking in Hatobuilico

We add this topic because it is useful to know that the water in the town is very clean and drinkable. Much of the water comes directly from springs. However, it is advisable to sterilise or treat the water that you drink and to bring this equipment with you, also it is advisable to bring your own water container.

You can purchase water in bottles from the shop and kiosks, but please take care with your rubbish.

There is no juice or cordial for purchase so bring your own.

Regarding alcohol, you can buy beer and sometimes Indonesian whisky from the shop. You can also buy locally made palm wine of varying strengths from the market. Take care with drinking this wine as it can be very potent and may not suit a western stomach.

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