ecogastronomy dili timor-leste

Situated between Australia and Indonesia, Timor-Leste has lived a complex history of colonization, migration, occupation, and today, independence. The capital city of Dili is a mosaic of nationalities and cultures—Portuguese, Chinese, Indonesian, Malay, Angolan, Guinea Bissau. Through times of both peace and upheaval, food has remained a throughline, and stories from the past and present tell of a future that is rich is potential. From coffee to katupa (rice balls), bread to budu (tomato/mint sauce), the tastes of Timor-Leste are as diverse as its people.


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