Exploring Indonesia’s Cuisine

Nasi goreng-sate combo with egg and krupuk, popular Indonesian dish among foreigners

Being one of the developed economies in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is also a tourist attraction in the area. This country possesses 17.000 islands and many ethnic groups speaking in different languages so that it is no surprise that Indonesia cuisine is very diverse and tasty.

1. Nasi Kuning

The main material of Nasi Kuning is the special yellow rice that is commonly used for dishes served during festivals and sacrifices. After being cooked skillfully with coconut milk, chicken soup and spices, the yellow rice is shaped like a small tower. This dish is often served in large plates and arranged with harmonious ratio of meat, eggs, fish and vegetables so the dish looks like a lively and vivid picture.

Nasi Kuning_Indonesia cuisine
Nasi Kuning_Indonesia cuisine

2. Nasi Uduk

Nasi Uduk is also known as coconut milk rice and this name is derived from the processing of the dish. This dish attracts dinners with not only the special aroma of rice cooked with coconut milk but a variety of side dishes such as spiced meat, fish, chicken, boiled eggs, chili sauce and crackers served with the rice as well. Fried onion is also served with Nasi Uduk as the indispensable spices of the Indonesian rice dishes.

Nasi Uduk_Indonesia cuisine
Nasi Uduk_Indonesia cuisine

3. Tempeh

Tempeh is a cake made of fermented soy and rice flour. This dish is often fried deeply and has dark color. It is also marketed in fresh or frozen form. In addition to traditional tempeh, to demand the taste of the foreign visitors such as the taste of Westerners, the sellers also cook this dish in the variants ways such as Tempeh Burgers, Tempeh with salad, tomato, ect.

Tempeh_Indonesia cuisine
Tempeh_Indonesia cuisine

4. Satay

This dish is very popular and available anywhere in Indonesia. Beef or chicken is usually used for processing of satay. The smell of savory Satay often spread throughout the streets of Indonesia in the evening. This dish is often served with Sambal or peanut sauce.

Satay_Indonesia cuisine
Satay_Indonesia cuisine

5. Nasi Goring

Nasi Goring captivates travelers with not only its eye-catching color of tasty fried rice but a variety of included dishes such as raw vegetables, eggs, shrimp, meat, cabbage, sauces and so on. In particular, this dish is fried with chili and tamarind so the rice of Nasi goring has sour and spicy savor that attracts dinners.

Nasi goring_Indonesia cuisine
Nasi goring_Indonesia cuisine

6. Babi Guling

Stemming from Bali- beautiful island, Babi Guling is made from roast pork and rice. The first step is roasting young pigs in medium size. Next, this crispy roasted pork is seasoned with rice, shallots, garlic, ginger, turmeric, herbs and pepper. Then, it is roasted for 5 hours in order that the sweetness, aroma of meat and spices are absorbed into the rice. The highlight of this dish is the decoration made of crispy pork.

Babi Guling_Indonesia cuisine
Babi Guling_Indonesia cuisine

7. Beef rendang and sambal

Rendang is a dish stemming from the Minangkabau ethnic group living in Indonesia. Rendang is one of the characteristic dishes of Minangkabau culture. This dish quickly became famous dish mentioned all over the world. Rendang is processed to serve for the occasions or festivals in Indonesia.

Spicy beef rendang_Indonesia cuisine
Spicy beef rendang_Indonesia cuisine

8. Java fried noodle

This fried noodle is the favorite food of Indonesian people. Almost noodles in this country are made from grains grown in Indonesia such as rice, glutinous rice, soybeans, soybeans, etc. when tasting the noodle, dinners should add traditional sauces as it is a unique feature of how to enjoy Indonesia foods.

Java fried noodle_Indonesia cuisine
Java fried noodle_Indonesia cuisine

9. Some notes for tasting Indonesia’s foods

  • Indonesian dishes, especially the fried dishes are often cooked with peanut oil so when ordering the foods, travelers who are allergic to peanut should remember to say “saya tidak mau kacang tanah” (that means “I do not want to use peanuts”).
  • Egg is a material used in almost dishes in Indonesia so vegetarian tourists can ask a meal “tidak mau telur” (that means no egg).
  • Some dishes made from dog meats served at the buffet in the hotels of Indonesia.
  • Tasting street foods in Indonesia is also a way for travelers to explore the cuisine of this country. They are usually very cheap and delicious. It motes for travelers that they should choose stalls with a stable number of guests and their cooking process can be watched directly.

 

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