Composed of thousands of islands, Indonesian cuisine is a mixture of indigenous recipes with influences from China, India and the Middle East.
A typical Indonesian meal usually consists of various sharing dishes and a bowl of steamed rice. Coconut milk, chilies and peanuts are found in many staple dishes, while. noodles have become a popular alternative to rice, thanks to the introduction of wheat-based foods. Taking a cue from Chinese cuisine, vegetables are usually sautéed with garlic, chilies and ginger.
Favorite Dishes: Nasi Goreng & Rendang
Rendang is a dish from the West Sumatera and it traditionally uses beef as main ingredient, which is cooked with coconut milk, pepper, onion, turmeric leaves and lime leaves. A longer cooking time allows the rendang to become richer in flavor and color. Served with rice, it is an essential dish of Indonesian cuisine.
Nasi Goreng is the definitive rice dish that’s popular around the world. Like many national dishes, each restaurant or family has their own take on the recipe, but the key ingredients include kecap manis, shrimp paste, shallots and garlic.
Where to Find Them: Bumbu
Bumbu is Indonesian for the spices and herbs that go into creating its individual taste. Popular dishes include Nasi Goreng and Rendang, and its popularity among the Indonesian expat community is testament to its quality and authenticity.