Delicious Indonesia Cuisine is one of the reasons why people always want to back visit Indonesia.
Beside of the beauty of nature, the signature and original taste of most food make them really special.
Here are some of them, and why make them so special.
1. Rendang – World Class Cuisine
Rendang is a meat dish originating from Minangkabau, West Sumatra, Indonesia.
The process of cooking rendang at low temperatures for a long time, using coconut milk and various spices typical of Indonesia which is slightly spicy so that it adds to its uniqueness and delicacy.
Rendang can be found in Padang Restaurants around the world.
This cuisine is popular in Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Thailand.
In its native Minangkabau region, rendang is serving at various traditional ceremonies and special events.
Although rendang is a traditional Minangkabau dish, cooking techniques and the choice and use of rendang spices vary by region.
In 2011, rendang was announcing as the first rank on CNN International’s list of the World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods (50 World’s Most Delicious Dishes). In 2018, rendang was officially set as one of Indonesia’s five national dishes.
2. Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice)
Nasi Goreng or Fried rice is a food in the form of rice and stir in cooking oil, margarine, or butter.
Usually add with sweet soy sauce, shallots, garlic, tamarind, pepper, and other spices; such as eggs, chicken, and crackers.
There is also another type of fried rice made with salty fish which is also popular throughout Indonesia.
Nasi goreng is also known as Indonesia’s national dish of the many dishes in the treasury of Indonesian Cuisine, only a few can be considering as a true national food.
This Indonesian national cuisine knows no social class boundaries.
You can simply enjoy a plate of fried rice at roadside stalls, street vendors’ carts, restaurants, and buffet tables at parties.
In 2011, an Internet poll conducting by CNN International and attending by 35,000 people placing Nasi Goreng at number two on the list of ’50 Most Delicious Foods in the World’ after rendang.
Sate or satai is a food made from small cut meat that is skew in such a way with a stick of coconut or bamboo leaf bone, then grilling using wood charcoal.
The satay is serving with various spices depending on the variation of the satay recipe.
satay is a food that can be easily found in almost all regions in Indonesia.
Satay is considering as a food that tastes good, is appetizing, and you can not rejecting easily .
The delicacy of satay has also been recognized by the world by being ranked 14th as the most delicious food in the world according to the BBC version. Sate is a food that is believed to have originated from Java.
Sate itself can be made from a variety of meats ranging from chicken, beef, goat to pork. However, what is commonly circulating in the market is still chicken and goat satay.
Although not native to Indonesian food, satay has become an icon of Indonesian delicious dishes.
Satay first appears in Indonesia in the 19th century. Along with the arrival of Muslim traders from India, Arabia, and other Middle Eastern countries to Java.
At first, Indonesian people cooking meat by boiling it. However, after they get to know kebabs from India, which are cooks by burning, then the Indonesian people imitate the process.
And until now, sate become the most popular Indonesian dish with many flavors and tastes.
Soto is a typical Indonesian food such as soup made from meat and vegetable broth. The most commonly used meats are beef and chicken, but some use pork or mutton.
Various regions in Indonesia have their own special Soto with different compositions, for example, Soto Madura, Soto Kediri, Soto Pemalang, Soto Lamongan, Soto Jepara, Soto Semarang, Soto Kudus, Soto Betawi, Soto Padang, Soto Bandung, Soto Solo. Sokaraja, Banjar Soto, Medan Soto, and Makassar Coto.
Soto is also give a name according to its contents, such as soto ayam, soto babat, or Soto kambing. And also Soto Sapi
The way of serving soto varies according to the peculiarities of each region. Soto is usually serving with rice, rice cake named ketupat, noodles, or vermicelli.
To add to the enjoyment of the soup, it is usually serve along with a variety of side dishes, such as crackers, cakes, chips, chili sauce, and peanut sauce. There are also those who add quail eggs, scallop satay, lime juice, various kinds of fried foods temple (soya been cake) , tofu, bakwan, fried onions, celery, tauco, and koya.
5. Gado -Gado
Gado-gado is one of the typical foods originating from Jakarta, Indonesia. in the form of vegetables that’s boiling and mixing together, with peanut sauce and mashed with sliced eggs, and in general many add boiling potatoes that have been cooks.
Mashed to mix peanut sauce, boiling potatoes cooking together with peanut sauce then sprinkled with fried onions on top. Little fried chips or crackers (some use prawn crackers) are also can be add.
You can eat Gado gado just like lettuce with peanut sauce/spice, or you can also eat Gado gado with rice or sometimes serving alongs with lontong (Rice cake).
Like soto, Gado-gado also has a variety of different flavors and preparations for several regions of Indonesia. Gado-gado is very suitable as a heavy meal for vegetarians.
Because usually gado-gado is serve without additional meat.