Indonesia a popular travel destination since there are so many travel spots to visit such as Bali, Bandung, Yogyakarta, and many more. Indonesia is a country with diverse culture and a home to thousands of islands. Therefore, Indonesia is also diverse in the matter of foods. Every region has their own authentic foods with distinctive flavor and unique cooking process. Therefore, visiting Indonesia is like entering new realm where you are able to learn so many things.
Most recommended Indonesian foods to try
When you visit Indonesia, make sure to spare time for food hunting. It is such a great experience because there are so many things to try. Your taste buds will be indulged to the core. So here are most recommended Indonesian foods you shouldn’t miss during your visit:
Bakso is Indonesian meat balls. Every region in Indonesia has different version of Bakso but they all practically the similar. You can find meat balls in marbles size to a baby-head size. The meat balls are made from meat such as beef, chicken, or pork combined with various spices. It is usually served with yellow noodles, vegetables, and boiled eggs in delicious hot broth. You can find Bakso everywhere from street vendors to high-end restaurants.
Nasi Goreng is also popular food of Indonesia. It is considered as nation’s unofficial dish. It is actually fried rice made with Kecap or sweet soy sauce. Other ingredients are added to complete the dish including vegetables, sambal, and pickled. There are many version of Nasi Goreng. Some of them are added with some protein such as eggs, beefs, slices of Bakso, sausages, etc.
Nasi Padang tastes like heaven, even Singaporeans are in love with this particular dish coming from Sumatra. It is a full course meal consisted of steamed rice added with more than a dozen dishes you can choose. Various dishes you can dump into the steamy rice including Ayam Rica, Sambal Ijo, rubbery cow’s feet, Telur Keriting, curries, and more. Forget all cutlery and enjoy the dish with your own bare hands. That’s the best way to eat this dish.
Pempek is quite similar to fish cakes but still different. It is fish and tapioca cakes originated from Palembang, Sumatra. They come in variety of size and shape. The most popular shape is submarine or the locals call Kapal Selam. It contains chicken egg which makes this food taste even more heavenly. This spongy dough balls are served in special sauce made from vinegar, chili, and sugar.
Martabak is similar to crepe but has thicker texture. There are two version of Martabak, which are sweet and savory ones. The sweet one is similar to pancake. It is filled with various fillings you can choose such as peanut sauce, chocolate, cheese, banana, etc. The savory one has more crispy texture filled with egg, minced meats, and some vegetables. It is served with pickled carrot and cucumber. Both taste delicious that you don’t even want to share.