Top 15 Indonesian Foods that You Must Try

by - August 30, 2020

It's been months since I living abroad and I already miss Indonesian food. I cook Indonesian food sometimes, but still, there is differences. Here are my version of top 15 Indonesian foods that I miss and also I recommend to try if you are going to visit Indonesia.

1. Sate / Satay with Peanut Sauce

The most common satay in Indonesia using chicken meat, but there is also using lamb, pork, mutton, or rabbit meat. These tasty meat skewers grilled on hot charcoal and served with peanut sauce. It usually served with lontong or  ketupat (Indonesian rice cakes).

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2. Rendang

This one is what I missed most. Rendang is Indonesian meat dish (commonly made with beef) that cooked with coconut milk and rich spices using slow-cooking procedure. The meat taste tender and have strong fragrant aroma. It can be found at any Padang restaurant in Indonesia. Rendang is so delicious that even was crowned as the Best Food in CNN's World's 50 Most Delicious Food in 2017! 

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @dabeldi_kitchen

3. Bakso

Bakso  is Indonesian meatball (commonly made with beef mixed with some tapioca starch) that served in a bowl of beef broth. The meatballs have bouncy texture which so tempting. You can usually choose your choice of noodles, yellow egg noodles or bihun (rice vermicelli).

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @tastylicious.id

4. Soto Ayam

Soto ayam is yellow chicken soup that served with chicken broth. It is commonly served topped with boiled eggs, fried potato slices, fried shallots, kerupuk (Indonesian deep fried crackers) / emping (Indonesian cracker that made of melinjo).

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @majalahkuliner

5. Babi Guling (Suckling Pig)

Babi guling is a whole pig roasted, which is a speciality food from Bali. This cuisine use of lots of flavorful spices that make the pork taste delicious. It have juicy meat and delicious crispy skin. It usually served with steamed rice, vegetables, and sambal (Indonesian chilli sauce).

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6. Lontong Sayur

Lontong Sayur is an Indonesian rice cakes (lontong) with shredded chayote, tempe, tofu, hard boiled egg, served in coconut milk soup topped with kerupuk (Indonesian deep fried crackers). It is commonly served as breakfast menu.

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7. Nasi Uduk

Nasi Uduk is Indonesian steamed rice cooked in coconut milk together with spices that have rich aroma. It is commonly served with side dishes as tempe orek, shredded omelette, teri kacang (friend anchovies and peanuts), bihun goreng (fried rice vermicelli), fried egg noodle, peanut sauce, and others.

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @sam_kuliner

8. Pempek (fishcakes)

Pempek is Indonesian fishcake that made of fish and tapioca served with cuko (sweet and sour sauce). It has chewy bouncy texture that addictive. It is commonly served with noodles and cucumber.

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9. Gado-gado

Gado-gado is Indonesian vegetable salad with a peanut sauce dressing. It is commonly served with lontong or ketupat (Indonesian rice cake), topped with kerupuk (Indonesian deep fried crackers) / emping (Indonesian cracker that made of melinjo).

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @kenyangmakan

10. Pecel Lele (fried catfish)

Pecel lele is Indonesian deep fried catfish that commonly found in Indonesian street food. It is mostly sold at night. The fried catfish is super crispy and commonly served with rice or nasi uduk, fried tempe, fried tofu, and sambal (Indonesian chilli sauce)

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11. Sop Buntut (oxtail soup)

Sop buntut is Indonesian oxtail soup that made with oxtail served with vegetables and beef broth. It is commonly served with rice and condiments.

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @aneka_resep_enak

12. Bakmi Ayam

Bakmi ayam is Indonesian yellow wheat noodles topped with diced chicken meat. It is commonly served with soup that separated with the noodles.

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @the.lucky.belly

13. Opor Ayam

Opor ayam is Indonesian dish that made of chicken meat cooked in coconut milk and spices. It is commonly served with lontong or ketupat (Indonesian rice cake)

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @sukmawati_rs

14. Nasi goreng

Nasi goreng is Indonesian fried rice. The secret ingredients for nasi goreng is kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce) that make the total difference with another fried rice.

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @makanmana

15. Indomie

Indomie is Indonesian brand of instant noodle that popular not only in Indonesia, but also in some other countries. It is super affordable yet tasty! There is some flavors that only sold in Indonesia, so do not miss to try it!

Photo Credit Thanks to instagram @anakmieinstan


Disclaimer: All pictures not taken by me.

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  1. Makanan Indonesia emang juarak ya sis, enak semua, pasti kamu kangen banget ya sama makanan2 yg lezat ini ehehehhe, nanti kalau balik ke Indo, kulineran sepuasnya ya. Btw lidah km udah terbiasa sama makanan asli sana belum sis?

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    1. kangen banget terutama rendang dari restoran padang, haha. Belum banyak cobain makanan khasnya karena pandemi ini masih takut buat jajan jajan gitu, dari yang udah cobain ada yang cocok ada yang enggak. tetap lidahnya lebih sesuai dengan masakan indonesia. haha

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