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Indonesian cuisine: 30 Indonesian dishes

Today it's all about themIndonesian cuisine. Because we provide you with ours 30 favorite Indonesian dishesfrom the island kingdom.

What we found: If you know a lot about Indonesian food, you will also be able to record a lot more culinary experiences on site. And it is well known that love for a country goes through the stomach!

You can get most of the Indonesian dishes from this article almost everywhere in the country, whether in the small restaurants (Indonesian: warungs), on aftermarket (Indonesian: pasar malam) or in the countless food stalls on the roadsides of Indonesia.

Rice (Indonesian: nasi) and a healthy spice paste (Indonesian: bumbu) often form the basis of Indonesian food.

In terms of price, Indonesian dishes are wonderfully affordable. Away from the tourist areas, you can get full for less than two euros. However, things can get more expensive in Bali.

But first of all, good hunger!

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Indonesian cuisine: Nasi Goreng & Mie Goreng

On every corner, in every restaurant, everywhere in Indonesia there are these two dishes: Nasi Goreng and Mie Goreng.

With the classics of Indonesian cuisine, you get fried rice or noodles in sweet soy sauce (Indonesian: Kecap Manis) with ingredients of your choice (including seafood, egg or chicken) and an egg, krupuk and cucumber slices as a topping.

These two Indonesian dishes always taste a little different as each seller and chef varies the ingredients a little.

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VEGGIETIP: Usually there is Nasi Goreng or Mie Goreng with chicken (Indonesian: Ayam). When ordering, make sure that you say that you want the vegetarian option: “Tanpa ayam dan ikan” means “without chicken and fish”. Most of the time, the salespeople understand if you also say “vegetarian”.

2. Indonesian food: Nasi Campur

Translated, this dish means "mixed rice". Nasi Campur is the best way to taste the Indonesian cuisine, as you can combine different snacks from the island kingdom.

The various side dishes from Nasi Campur are often presented in a kind of shop window in so-called “Nasi Padang stores”, from which one can freely choose.

Nasi Campur usually consists of rice (yellow or white), a meat or fish dish, two vegetable side dishes and plenty of sambal and krupuk. The best thing about Nasi Campur? You choose what you want to eat!

3. Indonesian dishes: Tempe & Tahu

If there's one thing Indonesians are really damn good at, it's preparing tempeh and tofu - whether deep-fried, fried, grilled, cooked or crushed.

Our favorites are Tempe Penyet (mashed tempeh in hot sauce), Tahu Isi (tofu pockets filled with glass noodles and vegetables) and Tempe Orek (crispy, sweet and hot tempe).

But also simple Tempe Goreng and Tahu Goreng (fried tempeh and tofu) as a side dish for Gado Gado or Nasi Campur is always possible (see photo below).

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4. Indonesian cuisine: Sate Ayam

If you should order Sate Ayam you will Chicken skewers with peanut sauce (Indonesian: Saus Kacang) get served. Often there is also a small soup and rice as a side dish.

The grilled meat skewers are often available in the evening at night markets or during the day at street stalls and are very popular all over Indonesia.

In addition to SateAyam are on Bali too Sate Kambing (Goat skewers) extremely popular.

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5. Indonesian food: Gado Gado

Gado Gado is one of the favorite dishes of many vegetarians: inside. At this traditional Indonesian dish you get mixed vegetables with a spicy peanut sauce.

Classically, you can find potatoes, bean sprouts, green beans, boiled eggs as well as tofu and tempeh in Gado Gado. But cabbage or chayotes are also common in this dish in Indonesia.

Gado Gado means “mess” or “mishmash”, which is why children of mixed couples are often jokingly referred to as “Gado Gado Kids”.

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6. Indonesian dishes: Nasi Kuning

Translated, Nasi Kuning means nothing else than "yellow rice". The rice gets its seductive yellow color from turmeric, a healthy tuber spice.

In Indonesia, Nasi Kuning is often sold "to go" (Indonesian: bungkus) with tempeh, dried beef, noodles and boiled eggs in the early morning or late evening by small street vendors.

7. Indonesian cuisine: Ayam Goreng Lalapan

If you order “Ayam Goreng Lalapan” in a warung in Indonesia, you will get grilled chicken (thigh or leg) with cucumber, green beans, cabbage, rice and sambal (chilli sauce) as a side dish.

A small cup of water is usually served with this, where you can wash your fingers (see photo). Instead of chicken, you can also order the vegetarian version with tempeh.

8. Indonesian food: Bakso

Behind Bakso is a soup with meatballs. You can get this Indonesian dish for less than one euro on almost every corner in Indonesia. There are many mobile Bakso sellers, especially in the evening or late afternoon, as the soup is perfect for a snack in between.

As a topping will be happy Pangsit Goreng used, so fried dumplings with a meat filling.

tip: Indonesians mix bakso with all kinds of sauces. We recommend adding Kecap Manis (sweet black soy sauce) and a little sambal (hot chilli sauce) to the soup.

9. Indonesian dishes: Kare Tahu

Fancy a curry in Indonesia? Then order Kare Tahu, Indonesian curry with vegetables and tofu.

You get a separate serving of rice with your curry. Indonesians always mix this into the curry to get more of the taste. Kare Tahu tastes different in Indonesia because every cook uses different ingredients.

10. Indonesian cuisine: Martabak Telur

Martabak Telur originally comes from the Arab world. However, the hearty pancake has now become a standard food in Indonesia. This Indonesian dish is often offered by street vendors in the evening.

The good thing about it? You determine the filling of this Indonesian dish yourself. The usual fillings are chicken, beef, lamb, or mushrooms. Typically, with every Martabak Telur you get a small bag with pickled vegetables as well as chili sauce and ketchup.

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11. Indonesian food: Perkedel Kentang

A less exotic Indonesian dish is Perkedel Kentang, which can be compared to our domestic potato pancakes.

It's so European because it was brought from Holland to Indonesia during colonial times. Today it is impossible to imagine a Warung Nasi Campur or Warung Padang without the delicious side dish.

Tip: Vegetarians should make sure beforehand that the Perkedel Kentang does not contain any meat. Although it doesn't happen often, there are warungs that stir bits of meat into the potato mixture.

12. Indonesian dishes: Karedok

Karedok is a cold salad made from vegetables and peanut sauce.

This Indonesian dish comes from West Java. Most of the time, Karedok serves green beans, cabbage, eggplant and cucumber. The peanut sauce makes the highlight of this meal.

13. Indonesian cuisine: Gulai Nangka

The jackfruit is the ideal meat substitute for vegetarians. Not only does it look very similar to the consistency of pork when cooked, it also provides many important vitamins and nutrients.

In Indonesia you can find jackfruit in various dishes. The fruit is especially delicious cooked in a creamy curry. But the golden fruit is also very popular in Indonesia in desserts or raw as a snack.

Tip: When buying a jackfruit, you have to pay attention to whether it is a young or ripe jackfruit. Nangka Mudah (young, unripe jackfruit) is used for curries and hearty dishes and is stewed for a long time. Nangka Manis is the ripe fruit that is sweet and ready to eat.

14. Indonesian food: Urap Urap

Take freshly cooked vegetables and mix them with a spicy, spicy dressing made from desiccated coconut - and enjoy the delicious Urap Urap vegetable dish.

Each island has its own recipe, so no two dishes taste the same. In Bali, for example, the tuberous spice "Kencur" is usually mashed into the spice paste for the dressing. This looks a lot like ginger, but has a completely different smell and taste.

Tip: If you want to put together a Nasi Campur à la Bali, then Nasi Kuning, Urap and Sate Lilit (sate made from minced meat), paired with a portion of Sambal Matah, make a wonderful team on your plate.

15. Indonesian dishes: Mie Godog

Mie Godog is one of the few vegetarian dishes from Indonesia that does without rice.

Mie Godog consists of Indo noodles, chips (again, be careful, it could be crab chips) and fried vegetables. There is also a kind of broth that is a bit reminiscent of pancake soup.

Vegetarian tip: Mie Godog is often also served with chicken. When ordering, make sure that you get the vegetarian version!

16. Indonesian cuisine: Mie Ayam

The topping of seasoned chicken and mushrooms makes this Indonesian noodle soup a taste experience.

The Indonesian noodle dish is served by mobile merchant trolleys through to warungs and restaurants. Most of the time, the chicken and mushroom mixture is already pre-cooked, but if you, as a vegetarian, order: in your Mie Ayam in a warung or restaurant, you can ask to leave out the chicken "tidak pakai Ayam". However, be prepared for crooked looks!

Tip: The ideal companion to Mie Ayam is Pangsit! Whether fried (Pangsit Goreng) or cooked (Pangsit rebus), both variants taste heavenly.

17. Indonesian food: Hunt Bakar

Jagung Bakar, or grilled corn on the cob, is the perfect companion for every sunset on the beach.

What makes corn so special and unique in taste is the marinade. The seller lets you choose freely: hot, sweet or mixed.

18. Indonesian dishes: Nasi Uduk

The Indonesian dish Nasi Uduk originally comes from the capital Jakarta. In the meantime, however, there are Nasi Uduk in the entire island kingdom.

For Nasi Uduk will Rice cooked in coconut milk, together with cloves, cinnamon cassia and lemongrasswhat gives it a very special taste.

It is usually packed in small, cylinder-like packets made from banana leaves and served that way. Plus there is fried shallots (Indonesian: bawang goreng), which round off the special taste of Nasi Uduk.

As with Nasi Campur, you can choose the side dishes yourself.

19. Indonesian cuisine: Cap Cay

Cap Cay is an Asian stir-fry that was brought back hundreds of years ago by Chinese who emigrated to Indonesia.

The vegetables are also often served with chicken, prawns or other meat dishes. The usual ingredients are cauliflower, carrots, Chinese cabbage, cobs, and mushrooms. But you can find the classic vegetable in many different shapes and colors.

20. Indonesian food: Rendang

Rendang is the Indonesian version of beef goulash. However, the traditional variant is very laborious to cook: To get the right taste, the brew (made from coconut milk, ginger, chilli, turmeric, lemongrass, bay leaves and many other intense spices) has to cook for a full four hours!

In the meantime, however, there are also ready-made spice packets for preparing the sauce to buy in the supermarket. Rendang is best known in the Bukittinggi region of Sumatra.

21. Indonesian dishes: Tumis Kangkung

Water spinach (kangkung) is one of the most popular vegetables in Indonesia. This is mainly because it is so widely available and cheap. The water spinach is usually sautéed with garlic, shallots and chilli and served as a vegetable side dish with fish, meat, tempe and tahu.

There is of course always a load of sambal and possibly a few krupuk to go with it. In the famous fish restaurants on Jimbaran Beach, Tumis Kangkung, along with rice and sambal, is a standard side dish.

Tip: Tumis Kangkung is often seasoned with oyster sauce. As a vegetarian: you should pay attention to this. If you order kangkung in a warung or restaurant, you can ask to forego the oyster sauce (Indonesian: Saus Tiram).

22. Indonesian cuisine: Nasi Pecel

Pecel is a traditional Java salad made from spinach, water spinach, sprouts, cucumber, cassava leaves and lime basil. So super healthy (and green)!

There is usually rice and often peanut sauce and peanut chips (Peyek Kacang) as well as finely chopped tempeh as a topping.

23. Indonesian food: Soto Ayam

Behind the Indonesian dish Soto Ayam is a clear broth with spring onion rings, tomato pieces, chicken and glass noodles.

There is also a serving of rice that a real Indonesian dumps right into their soup. Half a lime should never be missing, the juice of which is added to the soup. The lime makes the soup delicious and fresh! And with the rice and noodles, it's really rich.

24. Indonesian dishes: pangsit

The filled dumplings actually come from China, but they are also a very popular meal in Indonesia and can almost be seen as local. They are often used as a topping for soups, such as Mie Ayam or Soto Ayam.

They are reminiscent of Maultaschen, as they too have a meat filling. Pangsit is available in two versions: Pangsit Goreng (fried) as well Pangsit Kuah (cooked).

25. Indonesian cuisine: Ikan Bilis

Ikan Bilis are small fish that are completely fried. And they are also eaten in their entirety at the end. So if you like to eat fish but find the bones a nuisance, you've found your perfect Indonesian dish here.

There is usually rice and water spinach (Indonesian: Kankung Tumis). You can often choose the side dishes yourself. Tempe Goreng, for example, also goes wonderfully with Ikan Bilis.

26. Indonesian food: Pempek Palembang

Pempek Palembang are traditional fish balls that are named after their origin, the city of Palembang in Sumatra.

The fish is ground so small that the taste remains, but the consistency of the balls is more reminiscent of mashed potatoes. Sambal or Kecap Manis are delicious.

27. Indonesian dishes: Kerang Rebus

When you order Kerang Rebus in Indonesia, you get boiled mussels with a delicious peanut sambal dip. Kerang Rebus is a very tasty snack in Indonesian night markets.

We discovered the dish at a night market in Sumatra and could have gotten ourselves into the sauce. Super tasty, sweet and spicy constellation.

28. Indonesian cuisine: seafood, fish & Co.

Of course, you should also take advantage of the amazing range of fish in Indonesia. You can choose between grilled fish (Indonesian: ikan bakar) or fried fish (Indonesian: ikan goreng).

Try the different types of fish, such as mahi-mahi or snapper, as well as the delicious shrimp (Indonesian: udang), crabs (Indonesian: kepiting), or squids (Indonesian: cumi).

29. Indonesian food: Sayur Lodeh

The Indonesian dish Sayur Lodeh has delicious vegetables in a warm, spicy coconut soup.

Interesting story: When the plague broke out in Yogyakarta, the Sultan ordered the residents to eat Sayur Lodeh every day and stay at home for 49 days. After that the plague was over.

Tip: Lontong Sayur for breakfast is a hit! The delicious vegetable stew is served with steamed rice cake and is a great alternative if you don't feel like having nasi jinggo (quasi a mini nasi campur) for breakfast.

30. Indonesian dishes: Bakwan hunting

Bakwan Jagung, also known as Perkedel Jagung, are corn donuts that can be found in almost every Nasi Campur display case.

The fresh corn in the fried batter mix gives the side dish a sweet taste and is also popular as a snack between meals.

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When I was writing the article, my mouth watered liters by the liter. What are your favorite dishes from Indonesia? Which dishes are missing? Bring it on in the comments so I can expand my palate experiences.

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