A visit to Lake Toba isn’t complete without a Live on Things to do in Samosir Island. Situated in the huge crater lake of Toba in North Sumatra, the island of Samosir together with its neighboring areas is the heart of the Toba Batak tradition. For a breath of fresh air, Samosir Island provides one healthy laid-back dose. Let’s get started with a few of the finest things this island has to offer you.
1 | Shop ‘until you drop at Tomok Market
Start at the market and find out something new about the island. Experience the sights, the taste and the odor in their everyday action, and you’ll feel just like a local. Tomok itself is a traditional village, best known as the gateway and introduction to Samosir. Many shops in the major street and stalls bordering the alleyways sell a lot of the same things that can be found in the traditional market — a broad range of tropics fruits vegetables, flowers, various dry fish, meat, and spices. Tomok market is also considered a fantastic place for magnificent photo opportunities.
2 | Satisfy Your Hunger with Mie Gomak
Mie Gomak is a traditional curry noodle dish of the Batak Toba. Mie means noodle and Gomak is native for’ digomak,’ which suggests preparation by hand. There are two ways to prepare this dish in broth or fried. The noodle is pale orange, quite thick and square-cut. The curry is reddish, flavorful, smooth but not too spicy. The dish has been served alongside condiments like kerisik (grated dry-fried coconut), and sambal andaliman (a chili sauce made from a local Batak pepper) and a boiled egg may occasionally be asked as a topping. The optimum time to consume Mie Gomak is in cold weather as the tasty spices will heat the entire body
3 | Establish new fad: wear an Ulos
Ulos is a standard traditional woven cloth which reflects the bond of affection between parents and children or, between a person and others. Ulos has a symbolic function for a broad range of aspects in Batak lifestyle, and different kinds of color and themes of ulos have distinct ceremonial significance. Ulos is generally worn in traditional rituals from birth to marriage to funerals. Batak people wear it on their heads, shoulders, lower torso and around their body. Depending upon the fabric, a bit of Ulos ranges in cost from IDR 25,000.00 — IDR 5,000,000.00.
These days, traditional fabrics like Ulos in stylish designs became the latest upmarket fashion in Indonesia.
4| Biking across the Samosir
Biking across the Samosir countryside is a great way to explore the beauty of the island. The path along the mountain from Ambarita to Tomok is a sight for sore eyes even though the portions of the roads can be very bumpy. The further up the hill the more dramatic and beautiful the landscape becomes as rice fields, and lakeside views will surely take your breath away. Renting a bicycle is quite easy as many locations offer bicycle rentals.