You”ll ask for seconds before finishing the first.
Before I wrote this, I was doing summer cleaning in my room – although only about a third of it is done. And what reward should one get after finishing a work (or a third of work)? Food!
A lot of tourists visiting Indonesia or other foreign countries, consume fast food. I’m not judging you. I know how good those Big Macs can be. But, hey! You didn’t go to the other side of the world to eat at a frickin’ McDonald’s! Try out some local foods, they’re amazing! Here are some Indonesian foods you must try at least once:
According to CNN Travel, Rendang is the most delicious food in the world. Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Although rendang is practically just a slab of meat, it has such a deep flavor that are gained by simmering the meat slowly with coconut milk along with some herbs and spices. It’s definitely the star in any dining table!
Sate or more commonly known as satay, is skewered chicken with peanut based sauce. It is served with lontong, some kind of steamed rice cake – although personally, I like eating it with rice. If you want to eat this delicacy, you could eat it at an Indonesian restaurant, but I recommend you to try it from a street vendor (theirs are the best!). It is number 14 in the prior list.
Fried rice has many variations and although its origin is still unclear, Indonesian’s is for sure the best! It is fried with chicken and a little bit of chili, topped with rice egg, and eaten with shrimp-based crackers. It’s no.2 in the same list as above.
Hey, my aunt sell one of these! Pempek is a fish cake eaten with yellow noodles, smothered in a dark sauce called cuka/cuko that has a sweet and sour flavor with a kick of heat! It is usually fried but you can eat it boiled too. There are many variations of pempek, but really all that’s different is its shape and fillings.
Ayam kremes is a crispy fried chicken served with also fried rice crumbs. It is eaten with rice, preferably dipped in sambal. For the healthy ones, they eat it with ‘lalap’ – basically raw veggies. It is my favorite fried chicken, and believe me, I’ve eaten a lot of those.
You might think I’m crazy for including ramen in this list. But, I’m not. The rumors are that the fried variation is the tastiest ramen in the whole world. Many kids in Indonesia prefers this than actual food. And that’s saying something! It is a must try for all college students!
Although it is practically a meatball, it is very different than the one you eat with pasta. Indonesian meatball is dunked in a flavorful broth topped with some spring onions and some garlic oil. Its texture is chewy. Its flavor is savory. And it’s eaten with a type of noodle.
Bakmie is blanched noodle, topped with chopped chicken and eaten with wanton. It’s usually served with a chicken broth that has a deep flavor. Bakmie is a go-to breakfast for Indonesians because it is cheap and doesn’t take long to cook.
Usually after having a meal, you’d want a dessert. Martabak is both. One variety of martabak is savory. It’s called martabak telur or egg martabak. This variation is made by eggs mixed with spring onions and ground beef that are wrapped in a crust, then it’s fried. The second one is its sweet brother. This sweet brother has many different variations of its own, it is made with cheese, nuts, butter, peanut butter, Nutella, etc.
Es podeng is shaved ice made with milk topped with an assortment of ingredients. That ingredients are black sticky rice, pink chewy jelly, fresh avocado, chopped nut, chocolate rice, and chocolate drizzle. Yes, it is a diet breaker.
So there’s my recommendation for food to eat in Indonesia. Of course, I only included Indonesian food. Writing this post really makes me agitated. Why? Because, I’m doing the vegetarian bucket list starting two days ago. Well, 4 days to go! But, as soon as it’s over, I’m gonna eat all the meat I can find! 😉
Your Runaway Panda.