Thinking Indonesia, one can have in mind: rice, chilli, avocado, bananas, soy, mango, shrimps, Asian noodles, fish and the whole variety of herbs and spices that don't even have direct translations to other languages, as appear only locally.
Culinary exploring of Indonesia means changing flavours and cooking traditions moving from one island to another and sometimes in between certain regions of the same island.
Have a look at our recommendations of super Indonesian food and bon appetit!
It's a traditional salad, made of boiled eggs, fried or cooked tofu, sautéed vegetables, fresh soy beans and served with a home-made peanut sauce dressing (peanuts smashed with soy sauce).
It's indonesian version of bbq, which describes chicken skewers backed over wooden or carbon-heated little grill. It's a typical street food, accompanied by cooked rice and famous peanut sauce.
Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)
This fruit you can spot on every street market across the archipelago, but it's seasonal so pay attention to the right timing. It has been named after little horns visible on its skin. Dragon fruit is of a bright pink colour outside and white inside, with a soft flash and very sweet favour.
It's a traditional chicken bullion soup, that contains shredded cooked chicken, boiled eggs, noodles, cooked vegetables, fresh shallots, tomatoes and green local herbs. It's served to warm up the body, but also as a popular breakfast option.
An equivalent of Western crisps, krupuk / kerupuk it's a relatively big, deep fried cracker. It's made from the dried paste made of the mixture of starch with other ingredients, that give it a bit more of flavour. It's served as a side dish or snack in between the meals.
If Indonesia would ever need to choose only one dish and make it a national plate, nasi goeng could be the one. It's a fried rice, prepared with fried garlic, shallots, chilli peppers, some veggies, tofu and meat or sea food, depending on the version and vendor. Nasi goreng is one of the peoples' favourite as it's easy and quick to cook, it's rich in flavours and easily available.
It's chilli peppers sauce and the essential dressing of Indonesian cuisine. It's made of garlic, shallots, peppers, spices and fermented shrimp paste (optional) crushed together in a mortar. The alternative versions contain green tomatoes (sambal ijo) or shredded pieces of a young mango (sambal macang). Pay attention as it's a really spicy sauce!
We truly hoped that our selective recommendations will encourage you to keep on exploring the local food markets and little street restaurants (warungs) of Indonesia and deep into this amazing world of exotic flavours and surprising (to many) culinary combinations.