You can’t leave Indonesia without tasting their local dishes. The country is comprised of 6000 inhabited islands with more than 200 ethnic groups so you can expect a wide range of flavors to taste and experience. You can say that Indonesia is an excellent place for food lovers.
Here are the popular local dishes that you must try if you are going to Indonesia soon.
Bakso is a meatball noodle soup that you can spot on the streets of Indonesia. The meatballs are what makes this dish unique among the other soup. It is characterized as springy meatballs that are made from chicken, beef, or pork. Other ingredients of bakso are rice or egg noodles, shallots, and chillies.
Pempek or empek-empek is a fish and tapioca cake that comes from South Sumatra. It is available in various shapes, colors, and flavors. Kapal selam is the most popular version of pempek. It is made up of chicken egg with shrimp powder and best to combine with withcuka, a dark dipping sauce made of vinegar, chili, and sugar.
Satay is a meat skewer dish that is cooked over hot coals. The main ingredient can be anything from marinated chicken, goat, or rabbit. It is usually served with rice cakes and spicy peanut sauce which makes it a savoury and hearty meal.
Beef rendang is the Indonesian version of beef curry of other countries. It is made up of beef that is thickly diced that is cooked in coconut milk with a variety of spices. In comparison with different curry meals, this dish does not have broth and usually served during important occasions.
Indomie is one of the most favourite on-the-go food of the locals. You actually can buy it literally anywhere in Indonesia. This instant noodles can satisfy one’s hunger quickly with the variety of flavors available in the market.
Nasi goreng is considered to be the national dish of Indonesia. It is a fried rice that is saute with thick soy sauce called keycup (a term for ketchup). Along with this, there’s a mixed of chilli sauce, shrimp paste, carrots, cucumber, and acar. Some locals add minced chicken, beef, pork, or eggs to make it more nutritious and flavorful.