30 Top Recipes for Indonesian Food
In December 2012, the Indonesian Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry has created a list of “30 Traditional Recipes from Indonsian Cuisine” to promote traditional dishes for tourism purpose. No doubt, traditional food is a very important key to introduce more about Indonesia in international forums and markets.
Talking about food is talking about place, culture and identity. The diversity of Indonesias culture and heritage reflects as well in a huge varieties of Indonesian traditional dishes that mark Indonesias culinary today. As rich as its natural beauty, as vary as its peoples and cultures, Indonesia is also blessed with manifold varieties of culinary delights. From the sweet taste of Yogyakartas cuisine to the distinct strong and spicy flavors of Padangs food.
The 30 Indonesian Traditional Culinary Icons were selected to present the authentic taste of Indonesia, from the West to the East part of Indonesian archipelago, from appetizers (A), Main Dish (M) to Dessert (D).
Some recipes I have posted already here and I am working forward to complete the list. Feel free to take a look, give a try and hopefully I can bring you to the great of Indonesian Culinary Adventure ;-). At least ..take a note and don’t forget to try one if you visit Indonesia.
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Traditional Recipes for Indonesian Food
Ayam Panggang Bumbu Rujak • Mixed Spicy Chicken (M)
This chicken dish shines with an exotic sauce and the typical aroma from Javanese cuisine.
Gado Gado (M)
Blanched vegetables with peanut sauce ist certainly among the most famous food in Indonesia.
Nagasari Yogjakarta • Banana with Coconut (D)
This dessert is the mandatory snack for selamatan or communal feast in the middle & eastern Java region.
Rawon • Black Beef Soup (A)
Rawon is a special dish which originated from East Java. What makes this dish so special & unique is it’s BLACK colour!!
Sate Ayam Madura • Chicken Satay (M)
Satay is originated from Indonesia and has become a worldwide known name for a grilled dish on bamboo skewers, quickly grilled over a wood or charcoal fire
Tahu Telur • Fried Tofu with Egg (M)
When I was still working in a multinational company on Batam Island, I often visited a food centre nearby to have a quick lunch.
Es Dawet Ayu Banjarnegara • Coconut Milk Drink (D)
This is the most popular drink in Indonesian, sold in traditional markets to 5 stars restaurants.
Urap Sayuran • Salad with Coconut Dressing (M)
You can also find this salad in the villages, where the green leafy vegetables are available in the home gardens. It is very easy to prepare & guaranteed healthy!!
Lumpia Semarang • Spring Rolls (A)
These Spring Rolls were created by Chinese immigrants in the city of Semarang. They are filled with bamboo shoots, dried shrimp and chicken.
Asinan Jakarta • Jakarta Mixed Pickle (A)
This is a pickled (through brined or vinegared) vegetable or fruit dish, commonly found in Indonesia.
Sate Maranggi • Beef Satay (M)
The main characteristic of Satay Maranggi is the composition of shallots, garlic, coriander & palm sugar for marinating ingredients.
Rendang Padang • Beef Rendang (M)
Rendang originates from the Minangkabau ethnic group of Indonesia and now commonly served across the country.
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There are currently only a few recipes missing to complete the list of the “Top 30 Recipes for Indonesian Food“. For the sake of completeness, the missing recipes are listed below. Just stop by again, there are always interesting recipes added.
- Sarikayo Minangkabau
- Sayur Nagka Kapau
- Kue Lumpur Jakarta
- Klappertaart Manado
- Sate Lilit Bali
- Orak-Arki Buncis Solo
- Asam Padeh Tongkol Padang
- Nasi Liwet Solo
- Es Bir Pletok Jakarta
- Ayam Goreng Lengkuas Bandung
- Laksa Bogor
- Junyit Asam Solo
- Nasi Tumpeng
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