Se'i or sei is a typical smoked meat from Kupang, Timor island, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.[1] The kind of meat used in smoking process might be pork (se'i babi), beef (se'i sapi) or game animals such as venison (se'i rusa). Today, the most popular se'i meat is pork.[2]

Se'i is a thinly sliced smoked meat utilizing a mixture of salt and spices which gives a unique taste unlike any bacon. This smoked meat is thicker than common bacon. This dish is easily found in restaurants and warung in Timor. Se'i usually made from pork or beef. In Kupang, people served se'i with nasi panas (hot steam rice) plus sambal lu'at and jagung bose.


The name of Se'i derives from the local language that mean "smoked meat".[3]


This dish is traditionally served and consumed by the people of East Nusa Tenggara province, especially by Timorese people. In dry climate of Timor island, Se'i is a traditional method employed in order to preserve meat, as a food reserve and security, and also to increase nutritional and economic value of the meats.[4] In the past, the food was actually made from Timorese deer (Cervus timorensis), however, since Timorese deer has been hunted near to extinction in Timor island and thus became rare, domesticated animals such as beef and pork became the main ingredients of Se'i.[4] Today, local people of Kupang mostly prefer pork se'i and beef se'i, and it is one of the most sought delicacy by visitors in Kupang. Numbers of restaurants serving se'i also has appeared outside of East Nusa Tenggara, such as in Jakarta and Bali.

See also


  1. ^ Kornelis Kewa Ama (12 October 2009). ""Sei" Kupang Menggoda Rasa Lidah sampai Australia". Kompas (in Indonesian). Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Novemy Leo and Aplonia Metilda Dhiu (22 June 2015). "Sei Sapi Tergeser dengan Sei Babi". Pos Kupang (in Indonesian). Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Labodalih Sembiring (March 10, 2011). "Porktastic: A (Forbidden) Taste of Kupang's Se'i". 
  4. ^ a b Fen (16 June 2015). "Sosialisasi Perlindungan Karya Budaya Se'i". Pos Kupang (in Indonesian). Retrieved 23 June 2015.