Indonesian Food: 7 of the Best Dishes You Should Try

Indonesian Food The Best Dishes You Should Try

Indonesian Food that You Just Have to Try!

There are few people who can not find themselves in Indonesian food. Do you love the tender meat dishes or do you prefer the vegetarian gadogado? Here are seven of our favorite Indonesian dishes!

The Indonesian cuisine is practically indispensable in culinary rankings. A large-scale poll from CNN even preferred rendang as the most tasty dish around the world! The best thing about this is that rendang is actually quite easy to make at home. Here is our mouth-watering list of our 7 favorite Indonesian dishes!

1. Rendang

Indonesian Food The Best Dishes You Should Try: Rendang
Indonesian Food The Best Dishes You Should Try: Rendang

There is no other dish that deserves the first place more. Almost everyone is crazy about this beef dish, because of the rich flavors and the incredibly tender meat. And it is not even that hard to make Rendang yourself!

2. Bakso

This savory noodle soup with meatballs became internationally famous when President Obama expressed his love for the Indonesian dish. Bakso is real Indonesian street food, mainly sold from stalls, and is a popular meal among students.

3. Soto

There is soup, and there is soto. This hot soup is the ultimate example of Indonesian comfort food. It is served in almost every kind of eatery, from street stalls to restaurants in the most luxurious hotels. For the best soto go to the birthplace of this dish, the island of Java.

4. Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Food The Best Dishes You Should Try: Nasi Goreng
Indonesian Food The Best Dishes You Should Try: Nasi Goreng

As one of thé most popular of the national dishes of the country, nasi goreng must not be forgotten. The fried rice is enriched with vegetables, shrimps, chicken, fish, or your personal choice. Do not forget the krupuk on the side!

5. Gadogado

A mix of vegetables and tofu topped with a delicious peanut sauce. What’s not to like about it? For something a bit different, go to gadogado Boplo in Jakarta. Here you can choose a sauce made with cashew nuts instead of peanuts.

6. Martabak

Nobody says “no” to this Indonesian answer to pancakes. There are two types of martabak in Indonesia: a savory and a sweet variety. Eat the crunchy folded pancake with minced meat, egg and spring onions, or let yourself be tempted into the soft, sweet dessert filled with chocolate, banana or peanut.

7. Babi guling

Indonesian Food The Best Dishes You Should Try: Babi Guling
Indonesian Food The Best Dishes You Should Try: Babi Guling

In the predominantly Muslim Indonesia, pork is generally not eaten, but on the Hindu island of Bali this rule is an exception. Babi guling, crispy spit roasted pig, should not be missing in this list.

Anything we forgot on our list? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: natgeotraveler.nl Author: Myrthe Prins Photography: Michael / Flickr

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