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10 Most common foods in Indonesia

Indonesia is a socially rich country that is brimming with magnificence and pageantry, which will leave anybody in wonderment at the neighborliness and generosity of its residents.

On the off chance that you want motivation to visit here, food would be an incredible one!! The roads here are weighed down with heaps of finger licking’ and lip-smacking great food, making any traveler or guest return for more! The staple food of Indonesians being rice, you will get different dishes with the Rice being its spirit.

A large dish of rice sits at the center of the platter in a typical Indonesian household. It is surrounded by a spicy mixture of vegetables, a variety of meat and seafood cooked with authentic Indonesian spices, and the rice.

Indonesia being home to a huge Muslim people group, and many spots serve the ‘Halal’ type of meat and limit pork dishes as it is prohibited to eat according to the Muslim strict principles. In any case, a few areas of Indonesia truly do serve non-Halal meat and pork too.

The national dish of Indonesia is bound to be sold on every “Warung” – the street stalls or the “Rumah Makan” – the restaurants of Indonesia. It has everything in it.

1. Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)

In Indonesia wholesome dish serves fried rice in combination with chicken meat, boiled eggs slices, shrimp, lamb, and crabs, diced vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, stink beans, tomatoes, shallots, ginger, and garlic, and flavored with rich spices and sauces like soy sauce, chilly red sauce or the traditional “kecap”. It is garnished with egg or tomato slices, a dash of lemon juice, and crispy Indonesian snacks called Krupuk crackers.

Places where satay is served: Jakarta and other parts of Indoesia.
Time when Satay can be served: Between 6:30 to 22:00 WIB(West Indonesia Time)

2. Satay


Chicken is one of the most versatile meats on the planet, and satay is an almost emblematic food of Jakarta and Indonesia. Satay is a dish where chicken marinated with sweet soy sauce is put on skewers and barbequed until it is grilled to perfection. It is served with peanut sauce topped with garlic flakes and serves as a good appetizer. The satays are made normally from meat, but beef, chicken, lamb, turtle meat, fish, and pork are also used for their different variations. Try these saucy-dipped skewers garnished with fried crispy onions, and you will never forget Indonesia for such a delightful treat. The secret of this flavorful taste is the typical Indonesian style of grilling Satay over the burning charcoals.

Places where satay is served: Sate Padang Ajo Ramon, Kota Jakarta Selatan
Time when Satay can be served: Between 16:00 to 22:00 WIB(West Indonesia Time)

3. Bubur Ayam (Chicken Congee)

Bubur Ayam (Chicken Congee)

This is the epitome of all porridges. It is a porridge with fried crackers, fried soybeans, tofu, and finely shredded chicken. Adding chicken broth gives it a new taste of flavor.

Places where Bubur is served: Bubur ayam barito, Kota Jakarta Selatan
Time when Bubur can be served: Between 16:30 to 23:30 WIB(West Indonesia Time)

4. Martabak (Stuffed Pancake)

Martabak (Stuffed Pancake

Martabak is the Indonesian version of a pancake stuffed with tons of toppings like Toblerone, peanuts, Nutella, chocolate sprinkles, butter, cheese, and condensed milk. The pancake is folded in half and cut through evenly such that the toppings remain in the middle, causing the flavors to explode and leaving you in a state of contentment, making you savor every bite of this dessert. This food in Jakarta was originally brought around by the immigrant Muslim population from the Indian subcontinent and has taken over the food scene in Indonesia by storm.

Places where Martabak is served: Martabak boss, Wahid hasyim street
Time when Martabak can be served: Between 11:00 to 22:30 WIB(West Indonesia Time)

5. Nasi Padang

Nasi Padang

This is a rich food in Indonesia especially in Jakarta, which one has to try when they go to Jakarta and is a culinary experience not-to-be-missed! Different vegetables, like Peppers, Onions, etc., are cooked in sweet coconut milk to prepare varieties of curries. Different Indonesian herbs and spices are also added to give each curry a unique and yummylicious taste. It is a good combination of rice and flavorful curries to be eaten together.
An assortment of around 14 to 16 dishes is kept, and you only pay for what you eat!

Places where Nasi Padang is served: Rumah Makan Sederhana(Simple Reastuarant), Melawai
Time when Nasi Padang can be served: Between 11:00 to 22:30 WIB(West Indonesia Time).

6. Ikan Bakar (Barbecued Fish)

Ikan Bakar (Barbecued Fish)

This can aslo be called grilled fish in English. You can select a fish of your choice, then it is marinated with turmeric, chili, and garlic sauces, among other seasonings. It is then smoked with charcoal to make the fish gain a charred taste. The meat is tender and succulent, causing it to melt in your mouth. It is usually served with sambal.

Places where Ikan Bakar is served: Ikan babar cianjur, Cipete
Time when Ikan Bakar can be served: Between 10:00 to 22:30 WIB(West Indonesia Time).

7. Ketoprak (Vermicelli Tofu Salad)

Ketoprak (Vermicelli Tofu Salad)

Food in Indonesia is decadent, rich, and always filling, and Ketoprak is a one example of this rich food of Indonesia. This dish comprises rice balls, tofu, vegetables, and rice noodles to which an omelet or boiled egg is added. It is topped with fried crackers, peanut,s and soy sauce.You can go to Glodok to the intersection of Jalan Pancoran and Jalan Kemenangan, a food market is there where you can find amazing Ketoprak

Places where Ikan Ketoprak is served: Ketoprak Ciragil, Kebayoran Baru (opens 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM);
Time when Ketoprak can be served: Between 09:00 to 17:30 WIB(West Indonesia Time).

8. Beef Ribs

Beef Ribs

Beef Ribs as an appetizer. Massive chunks of beef holding onto the ribs are grilled to perfection and served with a rich, creamy peanut sauce and beef broth. The meat is tender and falls right off the bone. Rice can also be had with it as a supplement.This scrumptious food of Jakarta works wonders

Places where Beef Ribs is served: Sop Konro Karebosi Kelapa Gading, Kota Jkt Utara Time when Beef Ribs can be served: Between 10:00 to 22:30 WIB(West Indonesia Time).

9. Mud Crabs

Mud Crabs

Mud crabs is served in various forms , such as smoked mud crabs, salted egg crabs, and chili crabs, are available in Jakarta. The smoked mud crab is first fried in onion, ginger, egg, different sauces, and coconut milk. It’s wrapped in banana leaves and smoked to infuse the charred taste into the crab. Truly, a mouthwatering dish!

Places where Mud Crabs is served: Wiro Sableng, Kelapa Gading
Time when Mud Crabs can be served: Between 10:00 to 22:30 WIB(West Indonesia Time).

10. Mie Ayam (Indonesian Ramen)

Bubur Ayam (Chicken Congee)
Bubur Ayam (Chicken Congee)

Mie Ayam is good for breakfast option. This is chicken noodles tossed in with loads of other vegetables, garlic, chili, and peanut sauces. This is a specialty of the locals and something that you should definitely look out for.

Places where Mie Ayam is served: Jalan Pluit Karang Timur Blok, Penjaringan
Time when Mie Ayam can be served: Between 06:30 to 22:00 WIB(West Indonesia Time).

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