Not Just Your Typical Balinese Souvenir, Loloh Cemcem is a Superb Balinese Traditional Herbal

"Bali is one of Indonesia's leading tourist destinations. In addition to its natural charm which always attracts domestic and foreign tourists, Bali also has amazing socio-cultural wealth, one of which is a traditional herbs that has been enjoyed for generations."

Published by : Kurnia HD  -  28/12/2020 10:24 WIB

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About 10 years ago, arak Bali (Balinese arrack, local kind of alcoholic drink) was the talk of most people. Arak Bali is one of the typical a-must-try lists from the Island. Over time, Balinese people who are also famous for their traditional medicine have innovated to make drinks that are beneficial to the body as well.

Loloh cemcem, is a popular contemporary product. Ordinary people and traditional medicine activists praise the drink. Loloh cemcem is different from arak Bali, which contains alcohol, so that it can only be enjoyed by some people. Loloh cemcem is one of the nutritious traditional Balinese herbal drinks which also good for our health. In addition, anyone can drink this herbal drink.

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Panglipuran village is the origin of loloh cemcem. This village is still maintaining its traditions, traditional rituals, and various other local wisdoms. The people also is strict in preserving the nature around them. The village sits in a cool region, where cemcem (spondias pinnata) thrive. This plant is the main ingredient in making traditional Balinese herbs loloh cemcem.

Initially, loloh cemcem was only consumed by the local community. But nowadays, this drink has begun to spread to almost all regions of Bali and has become a typical drink of the beautiful Island. Many tourists visit Bali Island, especially to Panglipuran Village, just to taste a fresh loloh cemcem.

Even so, you can make Balinese loloh cemcem at home. Just follow the following recipe.


  1. Leaves of cemcem or Kedondong hutan ((Spondias pinnata)
  2. Palm sugar
  3. Shrimp paste
  4. Tamarind
  5. Chili
  6. Young coconut meat
  7. Water

How to make:

  1. Wash the cemcem leaves.
  2. Boil tamarind, palm sugar, shrimp paste, and chilies.
  3. Pound or blender the cemcem leaves.
  4. Pour water to the pounded cemcem leaves (just enough) and mix.
  5. Squeeze the pounded cemcem leaves.
  6. Filter the juice.
  7. Mix the juice with the boiled tamarind, palm sugar, shrimp paste, and chili (mix in the provided container).
  8. Grate the coconut meat and add it to the mix.
  9. You can add ice cubes to make it fresher.
  10. Enjoy your drink.