There are so many ways to explore Indonesia and if you have little time to travel in Indonesia, you can do it by tasting our food! There is so much to Indonesian cuisine that giving you a Top 10 Must Try Food is impossible. Here is a list of Indonesian food that you must eat when you are here 

1. Babi guling

          This popular Balinese dish is basically roasted pork seasoned with various herbs. A special mixture of traditional herbs and spices that are stuffed and greased all over the meat before roasted whole, making the dish unforgettable because of the rich tasty flavor. The dish is often served with rice, a meat and veggie salad called lawar, and even some crispy pork skin and fried innards (if you're brave enough to try).

2. Bakmi

          Over the years, Indonesians have developed a taste for an almost infinite variety of bakmi-based dishes, from a simple bakmi ayam with broth, chopped chicken meat, and wonton; to bakmi goreng, a fried noodle mix with chicken breast, broccoli, cabbage and mushrooms and served with side condiments like fried shallot and chili.

3. Bakso

        Bakso, or Indonesian meatballs, are mainly made from beef and tapioca starch that make them both juicy and bouncy. Balls of bakso are to be put together in a bowl with rice noodles or egg noodles, along with some vegetables before pouring the hot, savoury broth. You can add optional seasonings like green onion, cilantro, soy sauce, vinegar, or a spoonful of spicy Indonesian chilli condiment.

4. Bubur Ayam

          Indonesian chicken porridge is made from rice, and then seasoned with a savoury sauce. If you’re buying one from a street food cart, you’ll see how the porridge is prepared with various toppings like shredded chicken, soybeans, celery, and fried onions. This cheap, popular, and convenient breakfast dish is often sold with skewers of chicken innards.

5. Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

         It is actually the usual famous Southeast Asian style of stir-frying cooked rice, but with it’s very own Indonesian spices and mix. You can mixed it with veggies, chicken, beef, seafood, whatever it is that you can think of.
         What makes Indonesian Fried Rice different is the use of sweet, thick soy sauce called kecap manis and garnished with acar, pickled cucumber and carrots. Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) is considered Indonesia’s national dish.

6. Gado-Gado 

        Gado-gado is an Indonesian salad, which contains bean sprouts, long beans, spinach, potatoes, along with tofu and tempeh. The vegetables are boiled or steamed, glazed with sometimes spicy peanut sauce dressing and often served with ketupat (compressed rice cakes). Gado-gado is also a vegetarian-friendly meal with a generous amount of nutrition.

7. Gorengan

         You can't never say no to this cheap but tasty street snack! You can find it almost in every corner of the street. There are a lot of choices such as tofu, tempeh, cassava, banana, sweet potato, and bakwan (deep fried mix of shredded cabbage, carrots, and bean sprouts). Also, the abang will give you free chillies.

8. Gudeg 

         A popular and unique recipe from Yogyakarta, this dish is an unmissable traveling experience in itself when visiting the heritage city. Gudeg has all the taste in a single plate. You get the sweet and savory from the steamed young jackfruit with coconut milk, palm sugar, lemongrass, spicy from sambal goreng krecek (stew made of crisp beef skins) and other herbs that make the taste distinctively sweet and pleasantly aromatic. Gudeg can be eaten with rice and other side dishes such as meat and eggs.

9. Gulai

        Originated in Sumatra, Gulai is often described as an Indonesian type of curry which has a thick golden, yellowish, succulent and spicy curry-like sauce. The main ingredients might be poultry, beef, mutton, various kinds of fish and seafood, and also vegetables such as cassava leaves and unripe jackfruit. Usually served with steamed rice, or roti canai.

10. Indomie

        This product is so sinful that we cannot help but be seduced by it. Cost merely around 25 cents a pack and you get a quick and satisfying snack. It is none other than our very own Indonesian Instant Noodles! With so many flavours to choose from, you’ll be left with more than enough choices.

11. Kerak Telor

       Kerak telor or "egg crust" is the signature Betawi street food: a glutinous rice frittata cooked over charcoal by itinerant vendors. The vendor places a small portion of sticky rice in a pan, then adds fried shallots, shrimp, grated coconut, pepper and salt. The whole ensemble is then mixed with either duck or chicken egg, then served hot on top of paper.

12. Ketoprak

       Another (usually) meat-free street food, Ketoprak resembles Gado-gado in its use of peanut sauce as a dressing. The main ingredients in ketoprak are rice noodles, ketupat (compressed rice cake), bean sprouts, chili, garlic, tofu, shallots, and then mixed with thick and sweet peanut sauce with some stalls adding hard-boiled eggs and cucumber slices. And of course the mandatory complementary, a mountain of kerupuk.
         When ordering ketoprak, you can specify how spicy you want your portion to be; the sellers tend to prepare each serving individually.

13. Martabak

         There are two types of martabak : Sweet and Savory. The Sweet Martabak is called Martabak Manis is an Indonesian version of a pancake with various toppings from chocolate, cheese, peanut, banana, to even durian and recently popular Nutella or Ovomaltine, this thick buttery pancake is quickly become another Indonesia's favorite dessert.
       The Savory Martabak is called Martabak Telor in Indonesia, it is a folded pan-fried stuffed crispy pancake with minced beef,chicken, scallions, and onions filling inside.

14. Mie Aceh

        Originating from the Aceh region in Indonesia, this noodle dish is infamous for its strong and spicy taste, with thick broth that almost tastes like curry. It has an intricate mixture of spices that includes a lot of peppers, cumin, and other hot ingredients. The recipe usually uses thick and yellow noodle, served with various toppings from vegetables to mutton.

15. Nasi Kuning

        Nasi Kuning (yellow rice) or sometimes known as Nasi Kunyit (Turmeric rice) is a famous Indonesian breakfast rice cooked in coconut milk and turmeric. It is usually serve with some omelette, grated coconut and spices and fried anchovy and kacang (peanuts).

16. Nasi Padang

       Nasi padang is a meal with steamed rice accompanied by more than a dozen dishes -- goopy curries with floating fish heads or rubbery cow's feet -- stacked up on the table. The best way is to chuck away the cutlery and dig in with hands then wash the spice away with a sweet iced tea.

17. Nasi Uduk

       This aromatic dish is also one of Indonesia’s national dish. The meal revolves around rice cooked in coconut milk and a mixture of herbs, making the flavour curiously aromatic and hearty.
      Nasi uduk is usually served with fried chicken, tempe, shredded omelette, fried onion, anchovies and topped with sambal and emping (melinjo nut crackers).

18. Otak-otak

       Otak-otak is a grilled fish cake made of ground fish meat (ikan tenggiri) mixed with tapioca starch and spices, where it is traditionally served fresh, wrapped inside a banana leaf. It can be eaten solely as a snack or with steamed rice as part of a meal. Often sold in a small stalls or even in restaurants.

19. Pecel lele

          Pecel lele is a deep fried catfish dish commonly found in Indonesia. It consists of catfish served with traditional sambal chili paste, often served with fried tempeh or tofu and steamed rice.

20. Pempek

        Originating from Palembang, South Sumatra. Pempek is made from filleted fish and tapioca, making the texture deliciously chewy, and then presented in several variations in additional ingredients and shapes. The most popular one is called, kapal selam (submarine), contains an egg in the middle. Pempek is sprinkled with shrimp powder and served with a special sweet-salty-sour sauce, noodles, and sliced cucumber.

21. Pisang Goreng

        Pisang Goreng is a snack food made of banana or various kinds of ingredients such as sweet potato, cassava, and many more, that are covered in batter or not and being deep fried in hot cooking oil. Often sold by street vendors on travelling carts throughout Indonesia. Today, most cafe and restaurants serve pisang goreng in various ways such as sprinkled with powdered sugar, cheese, chocolate sprinkles, condensed milk, and others.

22. Rawon

         Nasi Rawon is a black beef soup, made with beef and keluak (black nuts) from East Java. The black nuts is the main spice giving it a strong nutty taste and dark in colour, along with other spices, making the stew look black and intense. Inside the stew are chops of beef, bean sprouts, an optional squeeze of lime, condiments and normally served with rice. Yummy and hearty at the same time.

23. Rendang

          Rendang is one of Indonesia’s most popular and outstanding meals, originally a treat for special ceremonies in its place of origin Minangkabau, West Sumatra. Rendang is basically meat, normally beef but sometimes liver, chicken, goat or other meats, would be cooked in coconut milk and spices until dry resulting in an intense concoction of taste and texture.  
          Nowadays, a mouthful of the fork-tender beef coated in special gravy sauce made with a delicate mixture of coconut and herbs can be enjoyed at Padang Restaurants.

24. Sate (Satay)

          Satay is a meat skewers that are cooked over coals so hot they need fans to waft the smoke away. Whether it’s chicken, goat, mutton or rabbit, these juicy skewers are usually served with ketupat (compressed rice cakes) with peanut sauce all over the satay. It is a national dish conceived by street vendors and has been one of most celebrated food in Indonesia.

25. Siomay

       Siomay is Indonesia’s version of dim sum. This dish contain steamed fish or shrimp dumplings. Siomay is often sold as an assortment that includes slices of tofu, potato, rolled cabbage, and hard-boiled egg, topped with peanut sauce, soy sauce, and a little chilli ketchup to taste.

26. Sop Buntut (Oxtail Soup)

        Sop Buntut or Indonesian Oxtail Soup is one of the most popular and lavish dishes in the archipelago. It is a healthy and hearty soup loved by many people. The tender, delectable chops of oxtail, usually fried or barbecued, are simmered in a clear broth which conveys a salty, piquant taste. It also contains carrots and potatoes, served with rice, chilli, and crunchy melinjo crackers.

27. Sop Konro

        The Indonesian beef ribs soup has juicy, succulent meat in aromatic, flavourful broth that conveys a unique taste from the mixture of herbs and meat. Due to the long cooking process, you can easily scrape off the meat from the rib bones and enjoy its tender texture along with the luscious soup.

28. Soto Betawi

       Different cultures in Indonesia have their own version of soto (traditional Indonesian broth), but Soto Betawi is one of the people’s favourites.Like many other variations of soto, this one contains beef meat and innards. What makes Soto Betawi different is the creamy broth made from coconut milk, cow’s milk, and other spices.

29. Tempeh

       This soy-based side dish is a nutritious and convenient protein source that has recently become popular among vegetarians around the world. Tempeh is basically fermented soybean cake that can be cooked however you want — deep-fried, pan-fried, grilled, or steamed. Tempeh can also be used as an additional ingredient for various recipes, including vegetables and soup recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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