The only cuisine which can compete with Indian and Chinese Cuisines in terms of variety of colors, tastes and ingredient is the Indonesian cuisine. This cuisine has overwhelmingly large number of dishes ranging from sweet and versatile Kolak to spicy Sambal.


The best thing about this cuisine is that it focuses on the preserving the nutritious value of the food. There are very few dishes with deep fried ingredients. You will not need hot oven to make majority of dishes in this cuisine. Here is some facts and information about this amazing cuisine.
Indonesian Cuisine Facts and History

• There are 6000 islands in the archipelago of Indonesia and more 300 ethnic groups live in this region therefore Indonesian Cuisine is one of the most versatile cuisine.

• The number of traditional dishes in Indonesian Cuisine is about 5350 which is the most number of traditional dishes in any cuisine.

• The modern adaptation of these traditional dishes are also part of Indonesian cuisine.

• In 2011, three dishes of this cuisine got a place in the list of 50 most delicious dishes in the world. These dishes were Satay, Nasi Goreng, and Rendang.

• Indonesia has serious influence of Chinese culture which is clearly apparent in the food of Indonesia. Several Indonesian dishes looks and sound like Chinese with ingredients like noodles, rice, and meat balls.

• Some Indonesian dishes are very difficult to make. They require bamboos and clay pots for steaming and heating. These taste of such dishes are very unique.

Indonesian Cuisine Menu


• Mie Ayam
• Mie Goreng
• Mie Rebus
• Nasi Goreng
• Nasi Padang
• Nasi Tim
• Babur Manado
• Sate Lilit
• Seblak
• Tauge Goreng
• Gudeg
• Nasi Pecel



• Krengsengan
• Selat solo
• Roti cane
• Ketupat sayur
• Papeda
• Pepes
• Krecheck
• Telur pindang
• Oncom
• Tempe
• Sambal Tempoyak
• Tumpang
• Satay
• Bakso
• Soto
• Nasi Goreng
• Tekwan
• Ayam kalasan
• Perkedel Jagunhg
• Bebek Goreng
• Ikan Goreng
• Pecel Lele
• Pempek
• Rica-rica
• Bakso
• Kwetiau Goreng
• Mie Aceh


• Cimol
• Panada
• Kerupuk
• Krupuk Kulit
• Emping
• Kerak Telor
• Martabak
• Otak-Otak
• Pempek
• Batagor
• Siomy
• Pastel
• Mendoan
• Rujak
• Serabi
• Terang Bulan
• Bakcang
• Burasa
• Lemper
• Tempeh Bacem
• Lumpia Semarang
• Risoles
• Kembang Tahu
• Tahu Gunting
• Rujak Juhi
• Asinan Betawi
• Pangsit Goreng


• Lga Penyet
• Ayam Bakar
• Ikan Bakar
• Cakalang Fufu
• Lontong Sayur
• Empal Gepuk
• Rendang
• Gulai
• Empal Gentong
• Opor Ayam
• Pallubasa
• Rawan
• Soto
• Saksang
• Sop Buntut


• Angsle
• Bakpia Pathok
• Brem
• Bubur Candil
• Bubur Ketan Hitam
• Cendil
• Dodol
• Geplak
• Klepon
• Kolak
• Kue Putu
• Lapis Legit
• Lupis
• Mochi
• Nagasari
• Onde-Onde
• Roti Buaya
• Wingko
• Pisang Goreng


• Acar
• Pecei
• Seruundeng
• Tumpang
• Bawang Goreng
• Kecap Manis
• Sambal
• Dabu-Dabu


Holiday Menus

Following dishes are the specials on public holidays in Indonesia

• Acar Kuning
• Ayam Kari
• Bami Goreng
• Gado-Gado
• Gulei Kambing
• Krupuk and Samba
• Lodeh
• Nasi Kuning
• Nasi Putih
• Rendang
• Satay

Most Popular Dishes

Satay: Everyone of us heard the name of this dish if not eaten it. this is a grilled meat dish which is served with sauce. You can use any kind of meat as per your preference which make this dish very special and versatile. This dish is served in lots of high-end restaurants all over the world. The sauce of this dish usually include tomato and common spices. This dish is very popular in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Nasi Goreng It is fired rice dish which is usually cooked in margarine. Eggs, prawns and chicken are also added in it to make it more rich and delicious. Some people use salted fish and shrimps in it instead of prawn. the taste of this dish depends a lot on the sauce in which it is cooked. The sauce typically include garlic, shallot, chili, shrimp paste and tamarind. Indonesian serve this dish on various events and you can easily find it on the streets and big restaurants of this country.

Rendang: This is very unique dish especially for Western people. This dish was developed by an Indonesian ethnic group, Minangkabu. The is not a regular dish and people usually serve it only on special occasion but you can get it easily from good restaurants and food stall in the country. This is basically a spicy meat dish which you should taste at least once.

Most Used Ingredients

• Sea creatures are widely sued in most of Indonesian dishes especially fish and prawn are most popular

• noodles

• chicken

• Rice


Traveling Foodie – What to eat when you travel to Indonesia

Street Food

Street food of Indonesia can be categorized into three categories including snacks, beverages and proper dishes. Some of the most popular street food of Indonesian cuisine are Pempek, Bubur Ayam, Satay, Nasi goring, Soto Mie, Mie Goreng,Tauge Goreng, Laksa, Serabi, Bakpao, Tempen and Bakwan.

Restaurant Food

Indonesian restaurants are very diverse as per its cuisine. Every restaurant has its specialty as one place just can’t provide all high-end dishes of Indonesian cuisine. If you visit Indonesian restaurant then you must try Beef Rendeng, Sate Kambing, Dendeng Balado, Soto Madura, and Gule Kambing.



Are you from Indonesia? Maybe you visited there? Please feel free to comment and add your own thoughts on Indonesian ethnic food.

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