Indonesian food is known worldwide as the world’s most vibrant and colourful cuisines with its delicious flavour.
Indonesian traditional food normally consists of rice, complemented with soup, vegetables, fish, meat or egg side dishes.
In the family meal time, normally the family members gather around the table filled with steamed rice and a number of other dishes.
Apart from the main daily food mentioned above, Indonesia has many of other delicious foods that you should definitely try whenever you are visiting in Indonesia.
20 superb Indonesian food that you should definitely try!
Satay – which is also called Sate in Bahasa Indonesia. It is made of meat skewered onto Satay stick (wooden stick) served with either tasty peanut sauce or other tasty sauce.
The meats used can be chicken, cow, or goat or other meats.
Sate (or Satay) historically was popularised by the Arab traders who came to Indonesia. It is also well known as Indonesian national dish sold by the street vendors across the archipelago. You can easily find many different kind of sate all over Indonesia; Sate Padang, Sate Madura, Sate Ayam, you name it!
Gado-gado literally means “mix-mix”, a delicious Indonesian food mixed of fresh vegetables and other healthy ingredients.
It is of of most popular Indonesian meals looks like a vegetable salad complemented with the country’s classic peanut sauce.
Apart from vegetables it also serve with boiled long beans, spinach, potato, corn, egg and bean sprouts coupled with cucumber, tofu and tempe.
3. Nasi goreng
Another Indonesia’s national dish Nasi Goreng, it is made of the rice fried with the ketchup, onions, chilli (depends on your spicy preference), served with side dishes like eggs, chicken or meats and garnished with acar, pickled cucumber and carrots.
As Indonesia, I can not imagine myself to live without having sambal or at least any herbs or souces that give the spicy flavour. It is typical for Indonesian dishes aren’t complete without a hearty dollop of the sambal.
Sambal is basically more of a condiment, the chili-based sauce known as sambal is a staple at all Indonesian tables. There are many different types of sambals and each part of Indonesia has their own authentic sambal.
The chilly can be combined with sharp fermented shrimp paste, tangy lime juice, sugar and even fruits.
Here’s I made myself eggplant tempeh sambal today:
This traditional meat soup made of the ingredients that vary across Indonesia. Such as Jakarta is known for its Soto Betawi and West Java is known for its Soto Lamongan.
The street version of soto made of a simple, clear soup flavored with chicken, goat or beef which can easily be found all over Indonesia.
Bakso is not only Indonesian favorite dishes but also previous U.S. President Barack Obama mentioned that He loves Bakso.
Bakso is technically the meatballs served with tasty clear soup. Bakso is made from chicken, beef, fish or other kind of meats and seafoods.
Nasi uduk is the rice cooked in coconut milk and includes a pinwheel of various meat and vegetable accoutrements. Served with fried chicken, boiled eggs, tempeh or tahu or both, and kerupuk, and the taste is delicious!
8. Nasi padang
This spicy food is everyone’s favorite food in Indonesia. Nasi Padang is named after the capital city of West Sumatra where it is originally from.
Nasi padang is a main meal served with the cooked rice accompanied by many side dishes from goopy curries, sambals, vegetables and more!
Gudeg is Yogyakarta signature dishes made of the sweet jackfruit stew is boiled for hours in coconut milk and palm sugar, making the fruit so soft and tender. And it is with rice, boiled egg, chicken, fried beef skin.
There are three different types of Gudeg; those are Gudeg Basah (Wet Gudeg), Gudeg kering (Dry Gudeg), and Gudeg Solo named after the city in central Java Solo.
Rawon or Nasi Rawon served with rice and has a intense traditional Indonesian beef black soup.
Rawon is originally from Surabaya the capital city of East Java.
11. Mie goreng
Mie goreng is literally translated as fried noodle. Mie goreng is technically prepared the same way with Nasi Goreng the only difference is that the noodle is the replacement of the rice. Please see No#3.
12. Pecel lele
Pecel lele is the fried catfish served with rice and delicious red and/or green sambal. It is the sample but very popular Indonesian food that you can find at the street all over Indonesia, especially in Java island.
13. Opor ayam
Opor ayam is another popular Indonesian dish originated from East Java. Normally it is served during the Eid ul-Fitr celebration.
The chicken for opor ayam is cooked in coconut milk with garlic, ginger, cumin and coriander. And it is served with packed rice cakes (ketupat) Mie ayam
14. Babi guling
Pork is not very common in Indonesia as it is the Muslim majority nation. However Babi Guling is one of very popular Indonesian dishes, especially in the cities where most of the people are not muslim like Bali, Medan and Manado.
Babi guling is the roasted suckling pig bathed in coconut water and rubbed with chili, turmeric, garlic and ginger to make sure the meat is tender.
15. Gulai (or curry)
Indonesian gulai is similar to curry which has poultry, beef, mutton, various kinds of offal, fish and seafood, and also vegetables such as cassava leaves and unripe jackfruit as its main ingredients.
16. Cah kangkung
Kangkung is also called water spinach. It is the semi aquatic plant grown in the tropical and subtropical countries. Cah kangkung is stir fried kangkung using the ingredients like slices of garlic, chili and sometime also shrimp.
17. Pepes (pepes ikan, pepes tahu ect)
Pepes is the steaming of food wrapped in banana leaves and secured with with lidi seumat (a small nail made from central rib of coconut-leaf and sew upon banana-leaf), cooked on steam, in boiled water or grilled on charcoal.
18. Empek-empek (Pempek)
Palembang South Sumatra is where pempek is originated. It is a savoury fishcake delicacy from made of fish (and/or egg) and tapioca served with rich sweet and sour sauce.
19. Bubur ayam
Bubur ayam is another everyone’s favorite meal in Indonesia. It is a savory porridge served with soy sauce, fried shallots, shredded chicken, beans and crackers.
20. Sayur asem
It is a clear, refreshing soup derived from tamarind and vegetables. It has melinjo, bilimbi, chayote in it. It is almost look like sayur lodeh but without coconut milk.