Food & Drink Around The World: Indonesian Food

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I can say that Indonesia is ‘heaven for food lovers’. You can
find any kind of food from local to international dishes. But when you
are travelling to Indonesia, don’t waste your money to taste anything
except the local food. Eating Indonesian food can be an interesting
experience. The diversity of the country will bring you to taste variety
of foods. Each of Indonesia’s ethnic groups uses the country’s entire
rich array of the spices, but each has its own combinations and tastes:
spicy, sweet, hot and sour.

Padang cuisine (or Indonesian calls it
Masakan Padang) is probably the most popular across the country. Padang
or Minangkabau is the capital city of West Sumatra. Their local
specialities are very delicious and you can find their restaurants in
every region in Indonesia. Padang/Minang restaurants are easily
recognizable by the neatly stacked food basins in their windows. What
makes them unique is how they serve the food. When you come to the
restaurant (especially the big ones), the waiter will come to you with
array of dishes all deftly balanced on his left arm and will place the
food on the table in a kind of Asian buffet. Then you can choose which
food you would like to eat … they will bring you different kind of
dishes, from stewed meats, fish, eggs, chicken and curry.

Rendang
Dendeng Balado

The
famous-mouth-watering speciality from Padang is Rendang Sapi , a
spice-encrusted dry beef dish cooked for a long time in coconut milk.
But they have some other delicious meals such as Dendeng Balado – it’s a
beef served with a hot chilli sauce and Gulai Daun Pakis – its fern
tips cooked with coconut milk or red snapper curries. But be aware, some
of Padang dishes are very spicy. To cook 300 grams of chillies to 1 kg
of meat is not unusual. If you are a spicy food lover, it’s definitely
for you. Otherwise you don’t need to worry, they usually serve chilli
sauce, or as Indonesian calls it the ‘sambal’, separately and used as
condiments or dips.

Ayam Bakar Rica-Rica
Bubur Manado

Manado, northern Sulawesi is a largely
agricultural island where coffee, coconut, nutmeg and cloves are the big
money-earners. Other Indonesians think that Minahasan food has to be
plastered with chilli paste to taste good. Their speciality like Ayam
Bakar Rica (grilled chicken) is usually very spicy. Other popular
traditional dish is Bubur Manado – rice porridge with different kind of
condiments and side dishes such as shredded chicken, sweet soy sauce,
dried anchovies, and fried shallots and of course chopped chillies.

Semur
Nasi Goreng
Bakmi Goreng

If
you like less spicy food, some regions on Java have it. For example
Jakarta’s food tastes sweet because every dish seems to include palm
sugar and sweet soy sauce ( kecap manis ). Semur – Dutch inspired
smothered beef with Chinese-Indonesian sweet soy sauce, nutmeg and
cloves – is one of their specialities. Other speciality like fried rice (
Nasi Goreng ) and fried noodle ( Bakmi Goreng ) originated from China
but then were adapted to the Indonesian tastes until they became ones of
Indonesia famous specialities.

Nasi Gudeg
Ayam Bakar Kalasan

Otherwise Nasi Goreng and Bakmi Goreng
can be found almost in every restaurant across the country.

In
Yogjakarta, Central of Java, the typical dishes are Nasi Gudeg , made of
young jack-fruit and boiled eggs stewed in coconut milk with a mixture
of spices, so the taste is sweet; Ayam Goreng Kalasan – local organic
free-range chicken, stewed in spices (coriander, garlic candlenut and
coconut water) then fried, served with sambal and raw vegetables salad.

Sate Ayam Madura
Soto Ayam Madura

When
you travel to East Java, toward Surabaya, you will find another
traditional type of food. Sate Madura , a chicken satay from Madura (an
island in East Java) is one among others that is really popular. In fact
it’s one of the most popular dishes across Asia. Then there are also
Soto Ayam Madura – a chicken soup.

Rawon
Rujak Cingur
Lontong Balap

Rawon – a delicious beef soup that
has black colour because it’s made from Kluwak (Pangium edule) nuts,
Rujak Cingur – a mixture of raw and boiled vegetable salad served with
boiled beef snout (cingur) and poured with sauce made from peanuts,
chilli and dried shrimp paste ( petis udang ), Lontong Balap – a healthy
vegetarian dish containing compressed rice ( lontong ), fried tofu,
lentho made of red soy bean, bean sprouts, and sweet soy sauce and Tahu
Campur – a beef soup mixed with fresh vegetables, cassava cake, tofu and
serve a mixture of dried shrimp paste ( petis udang ), chilli and
garlic.

Bebek Betutu
Sate Lilit

Bali as the most visited tourist place in Indonesia is
filled with five stars hotels and villas all around the area, but that
doesn’t mean it has only international food atmosphere. There are two
Balinese specialities, Babi Guling and Bebek Betutu. Babi Guling is a
grilled suckling pig with crispy skin. Most Indonesians don’t eat pork,
especially Moslems. But here, pork is eaten because most of Balinese are
Hindus, and they don’t eat beef. Bebek Betutu is a duck delicacy, where
the fowl is marinated with many different herbs and spices, wrapped in
banana leaves and then baked over a low flame. You can also try Balinese
type of satay or they call it Sate Lilit , made from fish minced meat
with freshly grated coconut, prawn paste, garlic, chillies, lemon leaves
and salt to compose a sticky, dough-like mixture then wrapped around
using spears of fresh lemongrass as skewers, and cook them over fire
coming from coconut husks rather than charcoal. It is served with either
mild or peppery sauce.

Travelling around Indonesia can prove to
be a real challenge for your cuisine curiosity. The country is not just
offering the beauty, but also will spoil your craving for delicious
food. If you want to taste something different, then Indonesia is the
right place. As the nation with more than 17.000 islands, Indonesia is a
heaven of good food that will awake all of your senses.

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