Indonesia is definitely my favourite country for food hunting. The food are exotic, fragrant, flavourful and well-spiced – usually cheap, offer a great variety of food of different tastes, and can be found on every corner of the city.
Kerak Telor (Egg Crust)
This simple dish is made from egg. This egg crust has a very distinctive taste which is very tasty. Made of basic white glutinous rice, chicken or duck eggs and dry fried shrimp, fried red onions, toasted coconut, red chilli, ginger, pepper, salt and sugar. The spicier the better. It’s crunchy, tasty and savoury, making it the perfect snack to munch on.
Ketoprak is a vegetarian dish. It contains rice cakes, glass noodles, cucumber, bean sprouts, and also comes with peanut sauce, soy sauce and fried onions that make it so sumptuous. It’s available almost everywhere and one of the cheapest and most fulfilling food I’ve ever had. I like to ask for extra spicy which is really spicy and I don’t think it’s tolerable to most Westerners.
We have our very own satay here in Malaysia but I still prefer Indonesian satay in a heartbeat. These meat skewers are so savoury, cooked over coals making the meat tender and succulent. With a little bit of fat in every skewer, it completes the taste and giving the utmost perfection in your taste palate. Available in 2 choices of gravy; peanut sauce or thick soy sauce.
Famous food from the city of Bandung, Siomay is made of fish dumplings but there are a few kinds of variations based on the meat used, ranging from mackerel, chicken, shrimp, squid, crab, or other mixture mixed with sago or tapioca.
Pempek or Empek-empek is a typical Palembang food made from fish and sago. It comes in different shapes and sizes and my favourite one is the kapal selam (submarine) because I love anything and everything that is stuffed with boiled egg! This dish looks and tastes pretty much like fish balls that you eat but this one comes with a special dipping sauce made of vinegar, chilli and sugar.
Iga Bakar (Indonesian-style Ribs)
Grilled rib is one of the special foods in Indonesia, apart from being a delicious and mouth-watering culinary, the price is relatively expensive. The way this rib is being prepared, however, is different than the western style. Grilled with a special seasoning sauce that will absorbed into the meat, leaving a distinct taste in your mouth making you crave for more.
An array of savoury dishes piling up on the table; ranging from myriad beef, seafood, poultry to vegetable dishes. This dish is immensely popular throughout Indonesia and even Malaysia. Originated from the Minangkabau people of West Sumatra in Indonesia, this dish is served with steamed rice and various choices of pre-cooked dishes that will come in small plates and served on your table.
Ayam Penyet (Smashed Fried Chicken)
This is a typical food from East Java province served with steamed rice and dried shrimp paste (belacan / terasi). It comes in many forms; fried, grilled and also available with other meats such as duck, beef, fish, liver and ampela (gizzard). The meat is so tender, you can just pull them off easily. Served while it’s hot, together with fried tofu and fried tempe (soybean), this famous dish never fails to satisfy anyone’s craving.
Tahu Goreng (Fried Tofu)
It sounds like an ordinary snack but what makes this particular fried tofu special is the flavour and freshness. This tofu ball is a popular street snack, fried with soy sauce and coriander leaves, served with the cabe rawit (bird’s eye chilli).
Combro is the typical food of West Java. Made from grated cassava that the inside is filled with sambal oncom then fried. It has a savoury taste, crispy and crunchy.
Chocolate cheese! The first flavour you HAVE and MUST try. It’s a love at first bite; sweet, soft, creamy, fluffy and just heavenly good. This is one of the most popular desserts, Indonesian version of pancake. This delicious sweet Martabak is one roadside snacks that are so in demand and can be found almost everywhere you go.