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  • Why is Indonesian food so delicious?

    As I was about to dig into a plate of Nasi Padang, a nice man sitting at the table next to me said:

    “It’s because Indonesian food is based on fresh spices and herbs.”

    And when you and I look at the list of food below, and notice the fresh herbs and multitude of spices used in Indonesian cooking, it truly is a?huge contributing factor as to why?Indonesian cuisine?is so?flavorful and exciting to eat.

    In this blog post I’m going to share with you 50 incredibly delicious?Indonesian foods. Get ready for a serious Indonesian culinary journey!

    Related: For information on where I stayed and Jakarta travel tips check out this guide.

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    Amazing Indonesian home cooked Sundanese food with Ken @cowokrakus!

    Indonesian Food: 50 Dishes

    Before we get started, I just want to make it clear that this is not an?exhaustive?or complete list of food in Indonesia (there are thousands of Indonesian dishes), but it’s a definite start to discovering?the incredible cuisine of Indonesia. Some of the foods?I included,?such as durian and petai, are simply because I love them so much.

    For each of the dishes?listed in this Indonesian food?guide I’ve included the dish, and if possible, the?restaurant where I ate it in Jakarta (you may also be interested in my Jakarta travel guide).

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    Sate Ayam – chicken sate in Jakarta

    This list is not in any particular order.

    1. Sate Ayam / Sate Kambing (satay)

    I’ve had a lot of different types of sate (or satay) in Southeast Asia, but there’s nothing that compares to real Indonesian sate; In my opinion?you’ll find some of the absolute best sate in Asia within Indonesia. in Indonesia you’ll find many different types and varieties of sate, but two of the common versions in Jakarta at sate ayam (chicken sate) and sate kambing (goat sate).

    One of the common recipes includes the meat marinated in sweet kecap manis soy sauce, before being skewered. I think is the main reason why Indonesian sate is so good, is because the skewers of meat are typically grilled on an extremely hot charcoal fire, so the meat cooks quickly, while?leaving it smoky and juicy.

    Where: Sate H. Romli in south Jakarta serves delicious sate ayam and sate kambing. Address:?Jalan Kyai Maja No.21, Melawai, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta; Open hours: 10 am – 12 midnight daily; Prices: I paid?67,000 IDR ($4.99) for 2 plates of sate.

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    Sate Padang on the grill at Sate Padang Ajo Ramon

    2. Sate Padang (Padang satay)

    Sate Padang is such a unique (and delicious) type of Indonesian sate that I had to include it in this food guide as its own. Originally from Padang, a food lovers province on the west coast of Sumatra, Sate Padang seems to have a cult following among food lovers – and after I had my first plate, I completely understand why.

    The skewers of meat, which often include beef pieces, beef tongue, and offal, are first marinated in a mixture of spices, then grilled over hot flaming charcoal, and finally they are often served over sliced up compressed rice cake, called ketupat, and then covered?in a thick brown colored sauce, and sprinkled with crispy shallots. The result of Sate Padang is not the prettiest dish you’ll ever see, but the taste is incredible.

    Where: Ajo Ramon Sate Padang is one of the most well known names in Jakarta when it comes to Sate Padang lovers, and I couldn’t believe how good it was. Address:?Pasar Santa Jalan Cipaku 1 Jakarta; Open hours: 5 pm – 10 pm daily; Price: 25,000 IDR for a plate of sate and rice cakes.

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    Ayam bakar Taliwang is for spicy lovers!

    3. Ayam Bakar Taliwang (grilled chicken)

    Have you ever eaten three chickens by yourself in one meal??When you eat ayam bakar Taliwang, not only are the grilled chickens so good you might be able to?eat three of them by yourself, but they are also very small because they either free range chickens or sometimes?spring chickens.

    This type of grilled chicken originates from?the island of Lombok, and it’s popular with spicy grilled chicken lovers throughout Indonesia. When I saw the amount of chilies caked onto my ayam bakar Taliwang, I knew I was in for a life-changing grilled chicken experience, and it was true.

    The chicken itself was so flavorful, and not too tender, but with just enough texture so that with every bite it kept releasing more chicken juices, kind of like that crazily juicy?chicken I ate in?Osaka. But along with just being a flavorful chicken from the start, it was beautifully spicy. Ayam Bakar Taliwang is one of the dishes you don’t want to miss if you love spicy food.

    Where: In Jakarta, you can try Ayam Taliwang Rinjani, I thought it was amazing, especially the super extra pedas chicken. Address: Jalan Pesanggrahan Raya No. 50, Puri Indah, Jakarta;?Open hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily; Prices: We had 3 chickens and a few side dishes for?165,000 IDR ($12.39).

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    Ikan bakar, or grilled fish, is a personal favorite

    4. Ikan Bakar (grilled fish)

    Even after eating ikan bakar, Indonesian grilled fish, dozens of times, I still can’t get over how good it is. Grilled fish is one of my favorite things to eat around the world, but I especially love it in Indonesia.?Just like many of the grilled foods in Indonesian cuisine, what I like about ikan bakar is that it’s grilled over a very hot charcoal fire and grilled quickly, giving it a really incredible flame roasted fire flavor.

    There are many different types of ikan bakar, but typically the fish is butterfly cut so it lays flat, then it’s rubbed in a sambal sauce marinade, and then finally it’s grilled. Ikan bakar is then served with either?kecap manis or a variety of different sambal chili sauces and rice.

    Where: You’ll find ikan bakar at many roadside restaurants and seafood restaurants. A local seafood restaurant?I tried was?Gebang Seafood 49 Restaurant. Address:?Jalan Hidup Baru, Jakarta; Open hours: 5 pm – around midnight daily; Price: My wife and I had 2 fish and other seafood dishes for?180,000 IDR ($13.77). Watch the video here.

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    Pepes ikan

    5. Pepes (herbal packet)

    Pepes is very similar to Thai aeb, but it’s the?Indonesian version of?an assortment of fish, meat or tofu, mixed with lots of healthy?herbs and spices, wrapped in a banana leaf package, and either steamed or grilled.

    Originally a Sundanese food from the Western part of Java, some of the most common?versions of pepes include chicken, different types of fish, tofu, or mushrooms, mixed with shallots, garlic, chilies, turmeric, candlenut, and lemon basil. What I love so much is that the ingredients, since they are all wrapped in a banana leaf and cooked, all mesh together really well, but?also the banana leaf gives an extra green essence to whatever is cooked inside.

    Where: I had this pepes at a restaurant in Bogor, but you’ll find it available at most Sundanese restaurants.

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    Babi Panggang – Batak style grilled pork

    6. Babi Pangang (Batak grilled pork)

    On a spur of the moment decision, my wife and I decided to eat at a restaurant in Jakarta that served Batak food, from the Lake Toba region of Sumatra. One of the traditional?Batak dishes, is something called babi pangang (sometimes babi panggang), which is a type of grilled or roasted pork.

    From my understanding, babi pangang can refer to grilled pork many?different ways, but the version I had was nice and salty, and had the most incredible grill fire roasted flavor of just about any grilled pork I’ve ever had. And additionally, the pork itself was incredibly well marbled, not too fatty, but with a great ratio so it was still juicy and succulent.

    Where:?Lapo Ni Tondongta is a famous Batak restaurant in Jakarta, and the grilled pork was amazing.?Address: Jalan Gelora Los A1, Senayan, Jakarta;?Open hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily; Prices: I paid?88,000 IDR ($6.62) for a meal for 2 of us.

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    Ayam goreng – Indonesian fried chicken

    7. Ayam Goreng (fried chicken)

    Is there any country in the world where fried chicken is not enjoyed?

    I haven’t found one yet, and in Indonesia, due to both the deliciousness of the actual chicken (more about this below), and because fried chicken, which is known in Bahasa Indonesia as ayam goreng, is always served with sambal chili sauce to dip it in.

    Ayam kampung, or village chickens, are the free range country style chickens popular in Indonesia, and often used in the making of local style Indonesian fried chicken. The chickens, while small, definitely make up for their size with their flavor. Unlike big fat chickens that can sometimes be too tender and artificially juicy, ayam kampung are the types of chickens that have a slight rubber texture to them, but with every chew comes more and more chicken country flavor – and I loved them.

    For many types of Indonesian fried chicken, the chicken?is not heavily breaded or battered, but it’s marinated in lots of pureed garlic and shallots, lightly battered, and deep fried to a serious golden crispiness. What I love about Indonesian fried chicken is that all that flavor gets embedded into the chicken instead of the batter.?Here’s a great recipe if you want to make Indonesian fried chicken.

    Where: You’ll find ayam goreng all over Jakarta?but the version pictured is from?Nasi Uduk Zainal Fanani. Address: Jalan Kebon Kacang 8 No. 5, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta;?Open hours: 10 am – 12 am midnight daily; Prices:?75,000 IDR ($5.74) for 2; Watch the video here.

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    Bebek goreng – deep fried crispy duck

    8. Bebek Goreng (fried duck)

    Just like the small flavorful fried chickens in Indonesian food, bebek goreng, which is deep fried duck, is not that much different, apart from being duck. They are often very small, but you wouldn’t trade the flavor of the small country?ducks for a fat one.

    I will admit that the bebek goreng I ate in Jakarta was pretty intensely greasy and salty, but it would be a lie for me to say that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy every single bite all the way down to the bone. The duck was deep fried until crispy, even all the way through the skin to the meat some of it was crispy.?Served with rice, an assortment of raw herbs like lemon basil (maybe to cut the grease), and not forgetting the sambal chili sauce, Indonesian bebek goreng is a true treat of a meal.

    Where: Bebek Goreng H. Slamet is a legendary restaurant in Jakarta for deep fried duck, it’s greasy but delicious. There are a number of locations around Jakarta; Prices:?28,000 IDR ($2.11) per set per set.

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    Pecel Lele – deep fried catfish with sambal

    9. Pecel Lele (fried catfish)

    Deep fried catfish, known as pecel lele, is a very famous and common Indonesian street food, often served at street side restaurants and local food tents known as warungs. In Jakarta, mostly at night, if you drive around the streets you’ll see countless food stalls?showcasing catfish on their banner menus.

    The catfish are prepared pretty simple, just salted and sometimes rubbed with some?coriander and turmeric, and then deep fried until extra?crispy all the way through. The catfish I ate in Indonesia were pretty small, about the size of a sausage, so when they were deep fried they almost turned chip-like, fried solidly.

    Once again, the secret of the flavor when eating pecel lele lies within the sambal that it’s always served with. You take a piece of crispy catfish, mix it with your rice, add on some sambal, and that’s a recipe for a delicious bite.

    Where:?Permata Mubarok 1 is a little far from central Jakarta, but a nice street food tend.?Address: Komplek Permata Buana, Jalan Puri Kembangan, Puri Indah, Jakarta;?Open hours: 5 pm?– 10 pm daily;?Prices: 125,000 IDR ($9.41) for 4 people.

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    Ikan goreng – deep fried crispy fish

    10. Ikan Goreng (deep fried fish)

    Along with ikan bakar (Indonesian grilled fish), ikan goreng or deep fried fish, is another common way to prepare different types of fish and seafood.?There are probably hundreds of different types of fish that can be used to make ikan goreng, but one fried fish delicacy of?Sundanese cuisine is fried freshwater gourami. The fish are sometimes cut in a way that exposes more of the skin to the oil, and then?deep fried so the skin and outer layers of the fish are completely crispy.

    If you love fish, fried fish in Indonesia, eaten along with rice and sambal, makes an absolutely delicious meal, or accompaniment to a full seafood meal.

    Where: I had an amazing seafood meal at?Seafood 212 Wiro Sableng.?Address: Jalan Boulevard Raya Blok QA III No. 2, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta;?Open hours: 11 am – 11 pm daily.

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    Soto Betawi – beef soup originating in Jakarta

    11. Soto Betawi (Jakarta soup)

    Jakarta is the biggest city in Indonesia, and people who live in Jakarta come from the furthest regions and islands of the country. The food directly reflects?this, and walking down the street you’ll find a restaurant serving Padang food, Manado food, snacks from Eastern Java, and the list goes on and on.

    But if there’s one dish that’s one of the most famous dishes, known for being homegrown right in Jakarta, it’s soto Betawi, literally meaning, Jakarta soup. Soto in Indonesia is a type of soup, and every region of Indonesia has their own version, and Betawi?are the people of Batavia, the Dutch colonial name for Jakarta.

    Soto Betawi is usually prepared with beef, which is boiled with aromatic herbs like lemongrass and Indonesian bay leaves, and flavored with candlenut, galangal, garlic, and shallots, and finally often a combination of both fresh cow milk and coconut milk are added to make the soup creamy.?The soup is usually served in a bowl, topped with some crispy fried shallots, and eaten with a plate of rice, and some Indonesian pickles (known as acar). Eating Soto Betawi when I was in Jakarta was?one of the culinary highlights for me. It’s truly an incredible dish that you can’t miss.

    Where: One of the best places in Jakarta to eat soto Betawi is Soto Betawi Haji Husein. Address: Jalan Padang Panjang No. 6C, Kel. Pasar Manggis, Jakarta;?Open hours: 7 am – 2 pm from Saturday – Thursday (closed on Friday);?Prices: 110,000 IDR ($8.34) for 4 bowls of soto and rice. Watch the video here.

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    Sop Kaki Kambing – goat leg soup

    12. Sop Kaki Kambing (goat leg soup)

    With a similar flavor profile to Soto Betawi, but a bit more of an adventurous dish, sop kaki kambing is an Indonesian dish for meat lovers, and particularly?for goat lovers.?Walking into a warung that serves sop kaki kambing, it reminded me a lot of walking into a restaurant in Kenya or Tanzania that serves nyama choma. There were a couple fresh skinned goats hanging from a rafter of the tent, and little by little, the meat was sliced up, cooked, and then displayed at the front of the restaurant.

    When you eat sop kaki kambing, you first have a chance to choose whatever parts of the goat you want to eat, which are already pre-cooked. I was hanging out with Ken from Cowokrakus, and we chose some goat feet, eye sockets, and goat brain. All the different goat ingredients were added to a bowl, then covered a lightly creamy and buttery soup.

    Where:?Sudi Mampir Restaurant;?Address: Jalan Biak Jakarta;?Open hours: Around 5 pm – Midnight daily;?Prices: We paid 208,000 IDR ($15.52) for two bowls of lots of organs soup and sate.

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    Sop Buntut – oxtail soup

    13. Sop Buntut (oxtail soup)

    Another popular Indonesian soup is sop buntut, which is oxtail soup. I’ve been a huge lover of oxtail dishes ever since growing up and visiting relatives in Hawaii, when I’d enjoy Chinese style oxtail stew and soup. The meat around the tail has to be some of the most tender and flavorful.

    As opposed to the other two soups mentioned above that were of the creamy variety, sop buntut is often a?clear soup, the oxtail simmered in broth?with carrots and potatoes, and with a salty and lightly peppery broth with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon to remove any gamey taste.?Just like other Indonesian soups, you eat sop buntut accompanied by a plate of rice and condiment it with fresh chopped chilies and kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce).

    Where:?Sop Buntut Cut Meutia is a nice little local restaurant just down the road from Cut Meutia Mosque in Jakarta;?Address: Jalan Menteng Kecil No. 4/5, Menteng, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 4 pm daily;?Prices: 40,000 IDR for a bowl.

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    Bakso, Indonesian meatballs, are usually eaten with noodles

    14. Bakso (Indonesian meatballs)

    One of the most widely available street food dishes (and in restaurants as well) and loved by nearly everyone, including President Barack Obama who grew up for some time in Jakarta, is bakso (or also known as baso), Indonesian meatballs.

    There are two main versions of bakso available, one is the Chinese style and the other is the more local Indonesian style – both are delicious.?The recipe for bakso typically includes minced meat mixed with some tapioca starch – and it is the tapioca starch which gives the meatballs their serious bouncy and addictive texture.

    You can typically choose your choice of noodles, from thin white rice noodles, and yellow egg noodles (I’m a fan of egg noodles), and the bakso are then either served with the noodles and soup, or dry with soup on the side. This is a non spicy Indonesian dish, but there are always chilies and seasonings for you to add to your own bowl.

    Where:?Bakso Akiaw 99 is a popular Chinese style bakso restaurant in Jakarta.?Address: Jalan Mangga Besar Raya No. 2B, Kec. Tamansari, Jakarta;?Open hours: About 4 pm – 11 pm daily;?Prices: I paid 93,000 IDR ($7.07) for a few bowls of meatballs and noodles. Watch the video here.

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    Sayur asem – a sour soup

    15. Sayur Asem (sour soup)

    Sayur asem is a sour tamarind soup that reminded me a lot of Filipino sinigang or a number of southern Thai sour soups, because it was very sour from tamarind.?Known as a Sundanese and Betawi dish in Western Java, sayur asem is a sour tamarind soup, sometimes prepared with meat stock or fish stock, that can include a mixture of different vegetables like corn, chayote, and water morning glory.

    Living and eating in Thailand, I’m a huge lover of sour soups, and when I had my first spoonful of sayur asem, I immediately knew it was my kind of the dish.?It’s one of those sour soups that makes you almost squint when you sip it because it’s so sour.

    Where:?Warung Mak Dower serves fantastic Betawi dishes in Jakarta.?Address: Jl. Pemuda No. 72, Rawamangun, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 9 pm daily;?Prices: 140,800 IDR for a full spread of dishes.

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    Coto Makassar – beef organs soup from Makassar

    16. Coto Makassar (Makassar soup)

    Another version of soto, which is many?types of soup, but in Makassar they call it coto (pronounced choto), is a dark beef soup or stew originally from the foodie city?Makassar in southern Sulawesi.

    For coto Makassar, beef as well as all the organs of the cow, are the dominant ingredients.?The bowl of coto Makassar that I had in Jakarta was very beefy tasting, and included intestines, tripe, lungs (I think), and a few cubes of meat, all within a murky dark roasted peanut based soup. It had a nutty and sour taste to it.?What I enjoyed about my bowl of coto Makassar was that it came completely unsalted, and so I added in my own salt, plus a squeeze of lime, and some incredible sambal. Additionally, it’s common to eat coto Makassar along with ketupat rice cakes.

    Where: In Jakarta, I had a bowl at?Coto Makassar Senen;?Address: Jalan Kramat Raya, Senen, Jakarta;?Open hours: 1 pm – 8 pm daily;?Prices: 25,000 IDR ($1.89 USD) per bowl of coto. Watch the video here.

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    Sop Konro – incredibly tender beef ribs

    17. Sop Konro (beef ribs soup)

    I ate a lot of unbelievably delicious food when I was in Jakarta, and there are so many amazing restaurants, but eating sop konro for the first time was one of those dishes?that just blew me away – the combination of fall apart tender?cooked meat along with fresh herbs and sambal, it was breathtaking.

    Again, famously known in Indonesia as a Makassar dish from southern Sulawesi, sop konro are beef ribs which are simmered in a variety of fragrant spices includes coriander, galangal, lemongrass, cinnamon, nutmeg, and bay leaves.?When you eat sop konro, the meat will literally just slide off the rib bones.

    Where: Sop Konro Karebosi is a restaurant located in the Kelapa Gading are of Jakarta, that serves?outstanding sop konro. They also serve konro bakar, grilled beef ribs, which were equally as stunning. Address:?Jalan Boulevard Raya TA 2 No.38, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta; Open hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily. Watch the video here.

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    Nasi goreng – one of the most common Indonesian street foods

    18. Nasi Goreng (fried rice)

    If you read any Indonesian food guide or guidebook, likely one of the most famous?foods they will mention is Indonesian fried rice, known better as nasi goreng. Although just wok fried rice with a host of salty seasonings, this simple hot and fresh cooked single plate meal is a popular street food throughout Indonesia.

    For myself, while nasi goreng simply can’t compete with curries and more flavorful rich dishes, I do find Indonesian nasi goreng quite enjoyable from time to time, and it makes an easy cheap meal. When you find an Indonesian street food cart that sells nasi goreng, they can usually make it with whatever ingredients you see in their cabinet – vegetables, chicken, egg, and stink beans (my personal recommendation).

    The rice is stir fried, often in a little margarine and oil, seasoned with crushed chili sambal and garlic and the ingredients, then mixed with kecap manis which gives the fried rice its unique Indonesian touch.?You’ll seriously find nasi goreng street food cards just about everywhere you look in Jakarta and across Indonesia. My favorite version to order nasi goreng with with stink beans and a fried egg – for me it’s the ultimate fried rice.

    Where: Any street food stall where you see “nasi goreng” written, and you will see it all over Indonesia. In Jakarta you can try the legendary goat fried rice at?Nasi Goreng Kambing Kebon Sirih.

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    Nasi Uduk – coconut rice, this one is Betawi style

    19. Nasi Uduk (coconut rice)

    When I took my first bite of nasi uduk, a fragrantly type of cooked?rice, I could immediately taste the rich coconut milk and a wonderful cardamom flavor.

    Nasi uduk is similar to nasi lemak, rice that’s cooked with a variety of aromatics like lemongrass, pandan leaves and dry spices like coriander seed, bay leaves, sometimes cardamom, and finally the all important coconut milk. The result is a rich and savory, plus hearty and flavorful, rice.?There are a variety of different recipes for nasi uduk, also depending on the region of Indonesia you’re in.?You can eat nasi uduk accompanied by a variety of different curries and Indonesian foods, but it’s also very common in Jakarta to eat along with simple fried chicken and sambal chili sauce.

    Where: Nasi Uduk Zainal Fanani (also known as Nasi Uduk Kebon Kacang) serves Betawi style nasi uduk. Address: Jalan Kebon Kacang 8 No. 5, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta;?Open hours: 10 am – 12 am midnight daily; Prices:?75,000 IDR ($5.74) for 2; Watch the video here.

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    This was a Sundanese nasi liwet meal

    20. Nasi Liwet (Javanese?rice)

    Similar to nasi uduk, nasi liwet is a traditional Javanese style of cooking rice that includes coconut milk and chicken broth, with the fragrance of bay leaves and lemongrass. It’s common to eat nasi liwet along with a variety of side dishes and extra coconut cream.

    When I was in Indonesia, Ken and Gracia from Cowokrakus invited me to experience an authentic local Sundanese nasi liwet feast at their home in Bogor, about an hour from Jakarta. The rice was extremely fragrant, and along with the coconut milk, it was also mixed with little fried fish to give it another added dimension of taste and texture.?We ate off a communal banana leaf, piled with side dishes like grilled chicken, and a variety of curries, and fresh herbs and vegetables to garnish. It was one of the most memorable Indonesian meals I’ve ever had.

    Where: I had this dish home cooked, but do you know of any good restaurants? I would love to hear from you in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

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    Nasi campur – mixed rice with Chinese style meat

    21. Nasi Campur (mixed rice)

    Nasi campur literally just means mixed rice, and in Malaysia is typically refers to local Malay style rice and curry. But in Jakarta when you mention nasi campur it often refers to rice with a variety of Chinese meats like char siu, pork belly, roast chicken, or egg, all served with sweet tangy sauce – very similar to Thai khao moo daeng.

    I had a couple plates of nasi campur in Jakarta, and each time they were both good, a good dish to eat if you enjoy rice and pork with a sweet and savory sauce.

    Where:?Nasi Campur Yung Yung 99 is one of the well known restaurants in Jakarta.?Address: Ketapang Business Centre Blok A22, Jalan KH. Zainul Arifin, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 8 pm daily;?Prices: 30,000 IDR per plate.

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    Bubur ayam – rice congee in Indonesia

    22. Bubur Ayam (chicken congee)

    Every country around southeast Asia has their own version of rice porridge (congee) a result of the massive Chinese influence across the continent. In Indonesia bubur ayam, chicken rice porridge, is one of the very common street food dishes.

    The rice is cooked so it’s thick and hearty, yet easy to go down, and while it can be prepared with any assortment of toppings, chicken is one of the most popular. At Bubur Ayam, one of the most famous spots in Jakarta for rice porridge, a bowl comes topped with shredded chicken, and you often eat it along with skewers of fried chicken heart and other organs.

    Where: Bubur ayam is a very common Jakarta street food, but I tried it at?Bubur Ayam Barito.?Address: Jalan Gandaria Tengah 3, Kramat Pela, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta;?Open hours: 4 pm – 12 am midnight daily;?Prices: 42,000 IDR ($3.13) for 2 bowls, 2 skewers of organs.

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    Babi guling in Bali – photo from my trip back in 2009!

    23. Nasi Bali / ?Babi Guling (roast pork)

    Nearly every?region of Indonesia has their own unique mix of rice eaten with a variety of different side dishes. The island of Bali, with its mostly Hindu population, has a unique variety of food, especially because (unlike other parts of Indonesia apart from Chinese and Christian populations), pork is popular.

    Balinese cuisine?makes use of lots of flavorful spices and herbs like ginger, garlic, shallots, and an abundance of chilies. One of the most famous dishes in Bali is babi guling, roasted crispy pig.?If you’re in Bali, there’s a well researched post about the best babi guling in Bali on Travelfish.

    Where: Undoubtedly, the best place to eat Balinese food is in Bali, but if you’re in Jakarta, I had a great Balinese plate at Little?Ubud restaurant.?Address: Ruko Cordoba, Blok G No. 2, Bukit Golf Mediterania, Jl. Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta;?Open hours: 10 am – 11 pm daily;?Prices: About 35,000 IDR per plate.

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    Nasi Padang is one of my favorite Indonesian meals!

    24. Nasi Padang (Padang rice curry)

    Probably one of the most famous meals to be associated with Indonesia is Nasi Padang, a mix of rice and side dishes, originally from?the Padang in?western Sumatra. I’ve included Nasi Padang on this food list because it’s such an important meal, however, I’ve also included a few of the common dishes within?Nasi Padang below in this list as well.

    On my first trip to Sumatra back in 2009, I had a meal of Nasi Padang that hit every note of my tongue, and I will never forget how sensationally flavorful it was. To this day, Nasi Padang remains one of my favorite meals in the entire world.?Padang food is known for being flavored with fresh curry pastes that include ingredients like galangal, turmeric, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, shallots, and lots of herbs, combined with?rich curries and?coconut milk.

    There are two main ways Nasi Padang is served. If you go to a small food stall, you’re typically dished a plate of rice and can choose from the variety of different dishes available which are places on top of your individual plate (it’s called pesan in Indonesian). But if you go to a more established indoor Nasi Padang restaurant they will serve you about 20 different dishes on your table, and you pick and choose the dishes you want, only paying for the dishes you eat (this is called hidang).

    Where: There are countless Padang food restaurants in Jakarta, but one of my favorites was Rumah Makan Surya.?Rumah Makan Surya Masakan Padang;?Address: Jalan Bendungan Hilir Raya No.15, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 8 pm daily; Prices: I paid?165,000 IDR ($12.52) for a bunch of dishes; Watch the video here.

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    Woku – an amazing Manado dish

    25. Woku (Manado soup curry)

    Technically, woku is an Indonesian Sualwesi blend of different spices and herbs like chilies, lemon basil, shallots, garlic, and tomatoes, that’s usually prepared with fish or chicken, and can be the consistency of anywhere from soup to more dry.?When I had my first bowl of woku, it was a bit of a life-changer, one of those dishes that’s so dramatically?flavorful, there’s nothing you can do but close your eyes and enjoy it.

    Woku is both spicy and heavy on the herbs with a distinct taste of lemon basil, giving the entire dish a refreshing, yet hot and spicy, sensation. After spending 3 weeks in Jakarta and eating Manado food a number of times, I can safely say woku is one of?my favorites Indonesian foods.

    Where: Any Mandado food restaurant will have woku. In Jakarta, I enjoyed the version at?Ikan Tude Manado;?Address: Jalan Blora No. 28-29, Menteng, Jakarta;?Open hours: 8 am – 11 pm daily;?Prices:?325,000 IDR ($24.57) for 4. Watch the video here.

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    Rica-rica is an amazing Manado dish

    26. Rica-rica (Manado dish)

    Just like woku, rica-rica is a popular blend of chilies and herbs that originates from Northern Sulawesi.?But while the different versions of woku that I had were more turmeric heavy and usually cooked a bit soupy or watery, the versions or rica-rica I experience were more dry, like a sauce, teeming with red chilies, shallots, and tomatoes.

    Rica-rica definitely has a bit of sweet and sour tasting components to it, but while being spicy, and full of chunky tomatoes at the same time. You’ll find recipes for rica-rica using different types of meat, but the most popular is ayam rica-rica, with chicken.

    Where: I had a good Manado meal at Brama Kusu;?Address: Jalan Panglima Polim Raya South Jakarta;?Open hours: About 11 am – 8 pm daily;?Prices: 167,000 IDR for my wife and I for a full meal.

    Indonesian fish head curry
    Gulai Kepala Ikan – I can’t get enough fish head curry

    27. Gulai Kepala Ikan (fish head curry)

    When I published my Singapore food guide, I received a few comments from Indonesians saying, “you have to come to Indonesia to try our fish head curry.” And so there was no way I was going to miss out on Indonesian fish head curry.

    Fish head curry is a pretty general term, and whole fish are eaten around Indonesia, so I guess I would classify a dish as a fish head curry when the head is the dominant piece of the fish included in the dish.?You’ll find fish head curry as some Nasi Padang and Sumatra restaurants, and the best fish head curry I had was at Medan Baru Restaurant in Jakarta. The fish head was covered in one of the most creamy coconut curries I’ve ever experienced in my life – it was unbelievable.

    Where:?Rumah Makan Medan Baru;?Address: Jalan Krekot Bunder No. 65, Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 9 pm daily;?Prices: Ou total bill was 406,000 IDR ($30.69) for many dishes and a huge fish head. Watch the video here.

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    Gulai Otak – brain curry is a popular Padang dish

    28. Gulai Otak (brain curry)

    Usually available at restaurants that serve Nasi Padang, gulai otak is?curry where the main ingredient is?brain.?You’ll find goat and lamb brains, but one of the most popular Padang versions is cow brains, which are cooked in a spice riddled creamy curry sauce.

    Cow brains are intensely rich and creamy, and to me it’s?pretty unbelievably?delicious, but at the same time, it’s one of those foods that you just don’t want to overdose on, or run the risk of overdoing it. For me, that means about 1 – 2 chunks. When you bite into a Padang cow brain curry, the creaminess will completely overwhelm?your mouth, it’s similar to panna cotta in texture, completely?silky smooth.

    Where: They will typically have gulai otak at any Nasi Padang restaurant. I had a good version at?Nasi Padang Sari Bundo;?Address: Jalan Ir Juanda No. 27, Jakarta;?Open hours: 8 am – 10 pm daily;?Prices: 207,000 IDR for 2 of us and we ate about 8 dishes.

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    Beef rendang, one of the greatest Indonesian dishes

    29. Beef Rendang (rendang)

    When CNN took a survey to come up with the world’s best foods, Indonesian rendang is the dish that took the number 1 spot. Although some?things on the list (potato chips?) are questionable, I’m quite alright with rendang being the winner. Rendang is truly an?outstandingly delicious Indonesian food.

    Often made with beef, rendang is a dish that originates in the western part of Sumatra from the Minangkabau people, and is commonly served at Nasi Padang restaurants. Rendang is popular across Indonesia and also in Malaysia and Singapore.

    There are two main variations of rendang, one that’s quite dry (this is supposedly the original authentic version), with all the spices coated onto the meat, and another that has a more of a curry gravy sauce to it. Both are fantastic, depending on your preference; I don’t think I can pick a favorite.

    In order to make rendang, spices like cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, and dry chilies, garlic, and shallots are cooked with the meat. Where the recipes differs from other curries is that one of the key ingredients is desiccated coconut, which gives the rendang curry a grainy texture of the dry coconut, mixed with all the incredible spice flavors.

    Where: Again, this is a dish available at Nasi Padang restaurants throughout Indonesia.?Rumah Makan Surya Masakan Padang;?Address: Jalan Bendungan Hilir Raya No.15, Bendungan Hilir, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 8 pm daily; Prices: I paid?165,000 IDR ($12.52) for a bunch of dishes.

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    Jengkol Pedas – jengkol beans cooked with chili

    30. Jengkol Pedas (jengkol chili, djenkol)

    Although jengkol beans, which grow in a pod, are commonly eaten throughout Southeast Asia, and a delicacy in Indonesia (and I have to admit that I really love them) they are potentially poisonous?due to their jengkolic acid.

    Jengkol beans are eaten in a variety of ways, and when I’m at home in Thailand, I typically eat them raw like a garnishing nut or vegetable. But when I was in Jakarta, I enjoyed jengkol beans a few times, once while eating an amazing home-cooked Sundanese meal, and another time at a Betawi restaurant, a dish called jengkol pedas.?When jengkol?beans are?cooked, they are starchy, kind of like potatoes, but with a gummy?texture.

    Where: Warung Mak Dower serves Betawi food in Jakarta, and I was especially impressed with the jengkol pedas.?Address: Jl. Pemuda No. 72, Rawamangun, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 9 pm daily;?Prices: 140,800 IDR for a full spread of dishes.

    Petai – one of my favorite foods in the world

    31. Petai (stink beans)

    Along with djenkol, there was no way I could leave petai, or stink beans, off this list of best Indonesian foods. Petai are little?green colored beans that grow in a tree within twisted pods.

    While petai itself is often cooked in a curry or stir fried with ikan bilis and lots of chilies, it’s also eaten raw and dipped into sambal, or the entire stink beans pod is either grilled or deep fried and eaten?like candy (at least for me, they are like vitamin candies to me).?Most of all though, I just included petai on this list because it’s one of my personal favorite things to eat in the world and they are extremely common and popular in Indonesian cuisine.

    Where: Anywhere you see the beautiful green twisted pods, they will be available. You can order them in curry, grilled, fried, or raw.

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    Gule Solo, an organ stew on the streets of Jakarta

    32. Nasi Gule Solo (organ stew)

    Walking around a neighborhood one morning in Jakarta I saw a friendly man selling Nasi Gule Solo from his street food cart, and so I had to stop and immediately have a bowl. The gule he was serving was sort of a cross between a soup and a curry, and his version was made with goat organs.

    Balancing my plate of gule and a plate of rice and crackers on a couple of plastic stools, I enjoyed some chewy goat with a mild yet soothing curry. With the friendliness of the Indonesian uncle?selling the gule, it was a wonderful food experience. Nasi?Gule Solo is originally from Solo, also known as Surakarta. It’s a mild curry, and goes great with rice. You’ll find carts all over especially South Jakarta that serve Gule Solo.

    Where: I noticed lots of Nasi Gule Solo street food carts in the Gandaria area of South Jakarta, and that’s where I tried it, just a short walk from Gandaria City Mall.

    Rawon, an incredible Indonesian beef stew

    33. Rawon (beef stew)

    Another one of the traditional Indonesian dishes, originally from eastern Java, is rawon, a black colored beef stew. When I had my first taste of rawon, I immediately fell in love, and I knew I wanted to learn more about this exquisite and interesting dish.

    Along with pieces of beef, one of the most important ingredients in cooking rawon is keluak?(or kluwak), a nut that I had only previously eaten in a?Peranakan dish. Keluak has a taste that reminds of dark chocolate, but more nutty, even with a hint of a rye taste.?Beef rawon is served soup with rice, and complemented with baby bean sprouts, a squeeze of lime, and sambal.

    Where:?Nasi Gandul Bu Endang;?Address: Jalan Pesanggrahan No. 14, Puri Indah, Jakarta;?Open hours: 8:30 am – 10 pm daily;?Prices: 148,000 IDR for 4 people, and we ate a few different dishes.

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    Gudeg – stewed jackfruit originally from Yogyakarta

    34. Gudeg (stewed jackfruit)

    Considered to be the one of the national dishes of Yogyakarta (Jogja), gudeg is young jackfruit that’s?braised with palm sugar, coconut milk, bay leaves, lemongrass, and galangal, until it’s extremely tender, and blended together.

    Gudeg Jogja as it’s sometimes?called, is served with rice as a main dish, but accompanied with a few other common side dishes that include chicken, and curried cow skin. While I couldn’t eat gudeg very often because it’s a sweet dish, I did really enjoy the?amazing texture of the young jackfruit after being cooked for so long.

    Where:?Nasi Gandul Bu Endang;?Address: Jalan Pesanggrahan No. 14, Puri Indah, Jakarta;?Open hours: 8:30 am – 10 pm daily;?Prices: 148,000 IDR for 4 people, gudeg was alright, but my favorite was the rawon.

    Plecing Kangkung
    Plecing Kangkung is a delicious water spinach salad from Lombok

    35. Plecing Kangkung (water spinach?salad)

    Originating from the island of Lombok (also where ayam Taliwang comes from), plecing kangkung is a vegetable based salad made with water morning glory, which is topped in a spicy chili and shrimp paste sambal.

    When I ate plecing kangkung, I immediately loved it because the water morning glory was still fresh and crisp, while the sambal on top was spicy, with a nice balance of shrimpy saltiness from the shrimp paste. It goes really well with rice and grilled chicken.

    Where:?In Jakarta?I had it at?Ayam Taliwang Rinjani. Address: Jalan Pesanggrahan Raya No. 50, Puri Indah, Jakarta;?Open hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily; Prices: I ate 3 chickens?for?165,000 IDR ($12.39) plus this salad.

    Daun pepaya
    Daun pepaya – boiled papaya leaves

    36. Daun Pepaya (papaya leaves)

    Daun pepaya, or papaya leaves, are commonly eaten in a number of different ways throughout Indonesia. Papaya trees and their leaves are easy and fast to grow, and the leaves are full of nutrition. They have a little bit of a bitter taste to them.

    If you eat Indonesian food at a Padang restaurant, you might see papaya leaves which are either blanched or steamed and served with a simple chili sambal sauce. But one of the versions I loved the most was at a Manado, Sulawesi restaurant, where they sautéed papaya leaves with papaya flowers. They tasted bitter and floral, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    Where:?Ikan Tude Manado;?Address: Jalan Blora No. 28-29, Menteng, Jakarta;?Open hours: 8 am – 11 pm daily;?Prices:?325,000 IDR ($24.57) for 4.

    Gulai Daun Singkong
    Gulai Daun Singkong – curry cassava leaves

    37. Gulai Daun Singkong (curry cassava leaves)

    I grew up for a number of years in Congo with my parents, and one of the dishes we ate nearly everyday was cassava leaves, sometimes cooked with peanuts, and I used to love them.

    So I was very glad that a?common type of leaf vegetable?you’ll find in Indonesian cuisine are cassava leaves. Cassava leaves are actually toxic if you eat them raw, but they are delicious when cooked, and have a slight leathery texture to them.

    Where: The best curry cassava leaves I had in Jakarta was at Rumah Makan Medan Baru;?Address: Jalan Krekot Bunder No. 65, Pasar Baru, Sawah Besar, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 9 pm daily;?Prices: Ou total bill was 406,000 IDR ($30.69) for many dishes.

    Bakpao and Kopi
    Bakpao and Kopi – baozi and traditional style coffee

    38. Bakpao and Kopi (baozi and coffee)

    Indonesia is such a dominant?producer of coffee, and when you’re in Indonesia you’re in for some delicious coffee. And there’s almost nothing I can think of that goes better with coffee than a freshly steamed bakpao, or the Indonesian variation of a Chinese baozi.

    Along with an abundance of higher end artisan modern coffee shops throughout Jakarta, there are also some excellent traditional shops (kopitiams). One of the places I tried, located in Kelapa Gading, looked pretty ordinary from the outside, but I was impressed with the smooth black chocolatey tasting coffee they served.?For modern style coffee shops in Jakarta, check out the extensive Eats and Treats blog.

    Where:?Kedai Kopi & Bakpao Kwang Koan;?Address: Kelapa Gading, Jakarta (more info here);?Open hours: 6 am – 1 pm on Saturday and Sunday, 6 am – 3 pm on Monday – Friday.

    Gado-gado is one of the most common Indonesian street food dishes

    39. Gado-gado (peanut sauce salad)

    Gado gado, which is a vegetables and compressed rice salad, made with peanut sauce (or cashew nut sauce) dressing, is one of the most common Indonesian street foods available. Although technically?a salad or mix, gado gado, especially when it contains compressed rice cakes, is actually quite filling and can be eaten as a main dish, or a snack.

    When you step up to a street food cart that serves gado gado, the vendor will first mix up the peanut sauce on a flat slightly rounded stone mortar. Once the?sauce is ready, a mixture of steamed vegetables like bean sprouts, water morning glory, and long beans, along with tofu, soybean cakes, and sometimes lontong (compressed rice cakes). The nut sauce makes the salad rich hearty, while the vegetables contribute a mix of different textures.

    Gado gado is served at all different types of Indonesian restaurants, but according to this article on the Wall Street Journal, it’s traditionally served as a street food, specifically from mobile kaki lima street food carts. Around Jakarta, anytime you see gado gado written on the side of a food cart, you can grab a stool and order, sit and enjoy. Also, gado gado is one of the few vegetarian dishes commonly available.

    Where: Gado-gado is one of the most famous and common Jakarta street food dishes and you’ll find it everywhere. There’s a guy called Andy, who sets up outside of City Walk Sudirman mall, and he a delicious version. Watch the video here.

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    Mie goreng, fried noodles, are common throughout Indonesia

    40. Mie Goreng (fried noodles)

    Mie goreng (also spelled mee goreng or mi goreng) are Indonesian stir fried noodles, usually prepared with yellow noodles. Although Chinese influenced, mie goreng in Indonesia have a definite Indonesian taste, usually including a good dollop of sambal chili sauce in the mixture.

    The yellow noodles are stir fried in a hot wok with plenty of oil, garlic, egg, and a combination of extra ingredients that can include cabbage, tomatoes, kailan, onions, and any choice of meat. Mie goreng is commonly available as an Indonesian street food dish, and is also popularly made with Indomie instant noodles.

    Where: Many of the same street food stalls that sell nasi goreng (fried rice) can also make mie goreng. For a sit down street food version, I enjoyed it at?Sin Moy Kong Chinese Food;?Address: Jl. Mangga Besar Raya No.124 A Sawah Besar Kota, Jakarta;?Open hours: 4 pm – 12 am midnight, closed on Sunday;?Prices: 189,000 IDR ($14.31). Watch the video here.

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    Ketoprak in Jakarta with a fried egg

    41. Ketoprak (peanut sauce salad)

    Another common Indonesian dish based on peanut sauce is ketoprak, a Jakarta originating dish that includes pieces of tofu, and rice vermicelli noodles, all flavored with sweet salty peanut sauce.

    When I was in Jakarta, one day I went to one of the most well known spots in the city for ketoprak, a small little shop in the neighborhood, that stays busy from the moment they open – and they often have a long line around mealtimes. After making a batch of their special peanut sauce, they fried some tofu, chopped it on a plate with some bean sprouts, doused it in the peanut sauce, and finished it with a fried egg.

    Where: Ketoprak is available all over Jakarta, but for a famous version go to?Ketoprak Ciragil;?Address: Jalan Ciragil II Blok Q No. 24, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta;?Open hours: 9 am – 6 pm daily;?Prices: 20,000 IDR ($1.49) per plate.

    Indonesian tempeh
    Tempe (or tempeh) – fermented soybean

    42. Tempeh (fermented soybean)

    Tempeh (which is also spelled tempe) is a preserved soybean cake, that’s kind of similar to tofu, but it uses whole soybeans and it’s fermented in a loaf sized shape. Tempe is very nutritious, packed full?of protein and fiber.

    One of the most common ways tempe is cooked is deep fried or pan fried. It can be eaten as a snack, or as a part of a greater meal, and dipped into sambal chili sauce for extra flavor. To me, tempeh often has a slight sour taste, and a starchy texture. And also because of its protein content and vitamins it makes a great meat substitution, so it’s a favorite Indonesian vegetarian food.

    Where: You’ll find tempeh from street food carts to restaurants, especially restaurant that specialize in deep fried items.

    Gorengan – all sorts of deep fried fritters

    43. Gorengan (deep fried snacks)

    Gorengan refers to street food stalls that serve all kinds of deep fried fritters, some of which are battered, and other not. You’ll find pisang goreng (deep fried bananas), fried stuffed tofu, bakwan (veggie batter fritters), fried cassava, fried breadfruit, and the list goes on.

    When you’re in Indonesia, eating from a gorengan cart is not the healthiest choice as the oil is often not so clean and there is question as to what’s included in the batter occasionally so it remains so crispy despite the humidity, but as an occasional snack, the offerings at a gorengan cart can be very tasty. I especially like fried breadfruit, which is just slices of breadfruit (no batter), lightly salted, and deep fried.

    Where: Look for street food carts that say Gorengan, and you’ll also see a mountain?of golden fried fritters.

    Pempek Palembang
    Pempek – types of fishcake originally from Palembang

    44. Pempek (fishcakes)

    One of the prized Indonesian foods originating from?Palembang (in the south of Sumatra), pempek is a unique type of fishcake, that’s very popular as a snack in Jakarta as well.

    The recipe for the fishcakes or fish balls not only includes pureed fish, but also tapioca starch to give it a chewy bouncy texture. The pempek are then usually deep fried (although you can get them grilled as well), and served with noodles and a sauce that’s sweet, salty, and sour.?I have never been a huge meatball / fishball fan, but I have to admit that pempek was pretty good. I loved the bouncy texture and the flavorful sauce they are eaten with.

    Where: I had pempek at a restaurant called?Pempek Palembang & Otak – Otak 161 and they have multiple locations around Jakarta;?Address: Jalan Boulevard Raya Blok FW I No. 26, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta;?Open hours: 11 am – 8 pm daily.

    Siomay dumpings in Glodok, Chinatown, Jakarta

    45. Siomay (dumplings)

    Soimai is a popular Indonesian food snack that has roots in China, but has been?transformed as an Indonesian dish. Typical vendors that sell siomay have a steamer full of different ingredients including siomay, tofu, and a variety of fishcakes and stuffed items. Siomay can either be made with fish or sometimes shrimp or pork.

    The siomay are dished onto a plate, and the Indonesian flavor touch is that they are served with a sweet and savory peanut sauce and some sambal to bump up the heat.

    Where: In Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown, you’ll find many bicycle vendors that sell hot plates of siomay. But also throughout Jakarta it’s a popular street food.

    Asinan Betawi
    Asinan can refer to a number of pickled vegetable salads

    46. Asinan (pickled vegetable salad)

    Asinan?is a snack that includes pickled fruits or vegetables, but in a number of different forms and styles depending on which region of Indonesia you’re in.

    When I was hanging out with Hey Theresia, a local Indonesian food blogger, we stopped for a plate of Asinan Betawi, a?Jakarta version of asinan. The vendor chopped up a bunch of pickled and blanched vegetables, then added on a couple of fried noodle crackers, and then doused?the snack in a sweet and salty fruity tasting sauce. It was a very interesting mix, including lots of sour and salty flavors.

    Where:?Right outside the entrance of?Ragusa Es Italia ice cream shop;?Address: Kav 3-5, Komplek Pertokoan Duta Merlin, Jalan Gajah Mada, Jakarta, Indonesia (not far from the National Monument in Jakarta).

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    Kerak Telor is a rice egg snack with coconut

    47. Kerak Telor (rice egg snack)

    Kerak telor is an old style Betawi Indonesian food, that includes both sticky rice and egg, fried in a pancake or omelette shape and topped with fried shredded coconut and fried shallots. I personally think it’s one of the most interesting and fun snacks to watch being prepared.

    In order to make kerak telor, the vendor takes a handful of soaked sticky rice and places it on the bottom of a charcoal heated wok. An egg goes in, and then at just the right time, the entire wok is flipped over (and somehow the rice cake miraculously doesn’t fall out) and roasted over the fire. For me, this was one snack that was more fun to watch being made?than to eat.

    Where: You’ll often find kerak telor at public areas like around the National Monument in Jakarta and?Fatahillah Square in mid to late?afternoon.

    Martabak Manis
    Martabak Manis – a favorite Indonesian dessert

    48. Martabak Manis (sweet martabak)

    Possibly one of the craziest desserts I’ve ever seen made in my life, martabak manis is a sweet waffle like cake, that’s smothered in butter (or margarine), sugar, cheese, chocolate, or a variety of other fillings of choice, and eaten like a cross between a pancake and a birthday cake. It’s insane.

    I’m not really a sweets kind of guy, but martabak manis is definitely one of the most famous Indonesian desserts, and just because it’s so crazy, it’s something that should not be missed when you’re Jakarta.

    Where: Martabak 65A is one of the original and most popular places in Jakarta;?Address: Jalan Pecenongan Raya No.65A, Jakarta;?Open hours: 5:30 pm – 12 am midnight daily; Prices:?90,000 IDR ($6.71) for an entire giant martabak.

    durian in Indonesia
    I mostly just had to include durian because I love it so much… and so do so many Indonesians!

    49. Durian (King of Fruits)

    Similar to stink beans, I just couldn’t leave durian off this food guide because I think it’s just one of the ultimate natural things in the entire world… and it’s definitely considered the King of Fruits in Indonesia. Jakarta is not nicknamed “the Big Durian,” for no reason.

    You’ll find an abundance of fresh durian around Jakarta, many of which come from Medan or Palembang, or other islands as well.?Along with eating a fresh durian, there are also many different durian treats, like durian cake, durian ice cream, and the very popular and refreshing es campur durian, durian flavored mixed shave ice. Also, be sure to check out my friend Lindsay’s amazing Jakarta durian guide.

    Where:?I had a few Medan and Palembang durians along Mangga Besar road in the evening.

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    Sambal, an variety of Indonesian chili sauce – the foundation of Indonesian cuisine!

    50. Sambal (chili sauce)

    Although I have already mentioned sambal dozens of times in this food blog, I think due to its importance in Indonesian cuisine (and my personal love and obsession for it), it’s one of the most important components of many Indonesian meals – either in the cooking or served as a side sauce.

    There are about as many different recipes or types of sambal as there are islands in Indonesia, but a classic sambal might include chilies, garlic, shallots, and other local ingredients, all puréed using a mortar and pestle. Some sambals are spicy and salty, others are more sweet, and some sambals are based upon local herbs and spices only available in that specific region.

    You’ll find sambal on the table of just about every restaurant in Indonesia you eat at, and if they don’t have any available, if you ask for some, they will make a simple sambal as soon as you ask.?To me, sambal is something I look forward to consuming with every Indonesian meal. And it’s not only because I’m a chili lover, but also because I think the diversity and variations of different sambals is a reflection of just how diverse Indonesia and its food are.

    Where: You’ll be served sambal with just about any Indonesian food you eat in Indonesia… that’s part of the reason why I love Indonesia so much.

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    This is Andy, he sells gado-gado outside Citywalk Sudiram Mall!


    What I love so much about Indonesian food are the fresh and vibrant ingredients that go into the cooking – the chilies, garlic, shallots, lemongrass, lemon basil – and the list goes on. The combinations of these ingredients is what makes Indonesian cuisine?so spectacular.

    This guide to 50 of the best Indonesian foods is only a small sample of the multitude of dishes available for you to try in Indonesia, and?I hope at least it’s made your mouth water a little bit!

    RELATED: You might be interested in my Jakarta?Travel Guide for Food Lovers – Get information on where I stayed, things I did, and safety information.

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    • hosein

      5 days ago

      I love Indonesian food but sadly I don’t get to enjoy as much as I’d like. I’ll work on that now that restaurants are starting to open up again

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      2 months ago

      I love Indonesian food but sadly I don’t get to enjoy as much as I’d like. I’ll work on that now that restaurants are starting to open up again

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    • vishal

      2 months ago

      Nice food blog. Thanks a lot for sharing such a nice info.

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      2 months ago

      Cool blog. Keep sharing!!

    • Michael Cuneo

      2 months ago

      thats why i love indonesia! many more traditional and historical food from all province. and you pour them to the one article. mind, this article was have indonesian version? if haven’t , you can visit https://translationtext.com/ to translate this article into indonesia laguage version! have a nice day and we waiting for translate service request… Goodbye!:)

    • Jeanne Aquarelle

      3 months ago

      Nasi goreng is a classic, but it remains my favorite dish. I even painted it in watercolor ??

    • John

      5 months ago

      Nice article about Indonesian Food.
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    • Republik Of Jengkol

      6 months ago

      I Love Jengkol beans, which grow in a pod, are commonly eaten throughout Southeast Asia, and a delicacy in Indonesia (and I have to admit that I really love them) they are potentially poisonous due to their jengkolic acid.

    • Asik Liga

      6 months ago

      Rujak Cingur from Surabaya. It’s so wonderful tasty. Thank you!! and Saksang From Batak Karo, It’s So Very Nice

    • Anita

      6 months ago

      In Indonesia there are so many delicious foods. Maybe after this you should taste the sweet martabak snack that is very loved by Indonesians. And Bika Ambon is a cake from Batak

    • eko yulianto

      6 months ago

      would you mind share it in pdf! and hopefully please try to taste of Rujak Cingur from Surabaya. It’s so wonderful tasty. Thank you!!

    • Corinne

      6 months ago

      Hi, I am going to Bali hopefully in a couple of months, but I am on a low/no salt diet. If I eat too salty, I can end up in the hospital. Most food is seasoned or with soy, do you know what foods and dishes are low in salt?

      • Rinjani Saraswati

        6 months ago

        Hi Corrine,
        I’ve read your comment and, very sorry to know that you have sort of salt diet. It’s nice to let you know about Balinese Traditional Foods. I’m Balinese but I’ve been living in the overseas country since I was young. So, as far I remember that most Balinese restaurants/small cafes are not serving ala cart menus. They are all prepared minimum 6 hours in advance, and Balinese Foods are rich in chillis. Unless you would purchase the food from where you stay (hotel), and you can order with no salt, or seperate salt. Otherwise, they will still put some salt into your food even you have told them not to, as their eating habits. So, you should tell them very clear in advance in written: TANPA GARAM – GARAM TERPISAH (no salt – seperate salt).
        Or, for your safety, you can go to one of affordable but very clean Japanese Cafes or Supermarkets it called: PEPITO: Jl. Kediri OR near Sunset Road (you can find the precise address and telphone numbers on google). They sell plenty kinds of different Japanese Foods, very nice Bakery and Fruits. At 9pm, they used to sell all the kinds 50% discount. Hehehehe..
        I hope this information is helful. Happy, enjoy and safe journey.

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      7 months ago

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      7 months ago

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    • Jeanne Aquarelle

      8 months ago

      Nasi goreng is a classic, but it remains my favorite dish. I even painted it with watercolor ??

    • Aneeb Akbar

      8 months ago

      WOW nicely cover. Dear i am waiting for that day, when you will cover top Pakistani food?

      • ???? ??

        7 months ago

        and Peanut salad. Now I am feeling that I have to make a tour in Indonesia for foods

    • Dewi

      8 months ago

      Rujak Bulung is da best! It’s Balinese cuisine made of seaweed, chili, and pindang sauce.

    • Subrato

      1 year ago

      Wow!!! Every food is looking so delicious. Among these I love to eat Ikan Bakar (grilled fish) and Peanut salad. Now I am feeling that I have to make a tour in Indonesia for foods.

    • Laura Batch

      2 years ago

      any kinds of indonesian food taste so good. i have visited indonesia twice and have tried foods like sate, pempek and siomay. But i dont really like the sambals, they are all spicy

      • Ade

        2 years ago

        Sambal is like our version of hot sauce, there is a stereotype thing in Indonesia where people from java like food more sweeter so some of them make sambal more sweeter like my aunt
        So maybe you should try some sambal from java

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        7 months ago

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    • Andari

      3 years ago

      wow you’re researching a lot about Indonesian food! it’s amazing
      p.s. I’m Indonesian and yes, i can’t live without sambal!

    • Lucy

      3 years ago

      I watch this episode on youtube, awesome. Love to see eat Indonesian food. Esp when you have street food around glodok ??

    • Al Faraby

      3 years ago

      why did you miss the “sego pecel”

    • Willy Wonka

      3 years ago

      Beef Rendang is one of the very few foods in Indonesia that I would call good; in fact, I liked it. That being said, to call it the best in the word is obscene. I know CNN’s reputation in politics, but it now seems that they’re doing the same thing in gastronomy. Indonesian cuisine doesn’t belong in the top 50 cuisines of the world, although they do have a position in the top 500.

    • Branden

      3 years ago

      This is the perfect blog for anyone who wishes to find
      out about this topic. You know a whole lot its almost hard to
      argue with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa).
      You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic
      that’s been discussed for a long time. Excellent stuff,
      just wonderful!

    • phikr1

      3 years ago

      you already mentioned empek-empek but i think you still missed a lot of delicious stuffs from south sumetra (and region around it) like
      1. pindang, to describe it in english its a clear sour soup (but not like sayur asam) although there is also a creamier varian. it has yellowish/orengish color. The sour taste come from the herbs used in it and also from pineaple. My favourite pindang is pindang ikan patin and pindang tetelan (cow bones).
      2. Sambel nanas and sambel manga. the name say it all. (im not sure where sambel manga came from tho)
      3. kemplang in english it would be crispy rice cake i guess. it goes with dark-sambal-with-a-slight-sour-taste.
      4. tempoyak. if you love durian and you GOTTA try tempoyak. Tempoyak itself isnt exaclt a dish, its more like a sauce, a paste(?). it goes well with a varian of dish or can be just serve as a sambal too. there is also a version of pepes with tempoyak, Pepes Tempoyak. You also can cook a various type of meat (beef, mutton, chicken, you name it), fish and seafood. You can also just fill the whole cow/goat intestine with tempoyak and various ingredients. Tempoyak is trully a wonder.

    • deni

      3 years ago

      did you visit the bakmie road in kelapa gading?

    • Jerry andong

      3 years ago

      Hi Mark,
      You must go to Malang- east Java, Indonesia.. you should try:
      1. Rawon Rampal, favourite of Jokowi and SBY and many famous people
      2. Sate kambing sederhana Jl. Pattimura
      3. Pecel Bu tinuk Suhat n Pecel Kawi
      4. Mie Satan
      5. and hundred culinary place in malang

    • Serhat

      3 years ago

      I was about to have a breakfast. I have been checking the e-mails and surfing through the net with empty stomach. Now after i see these vivid pictures, I became hungry as a wolf. Great job my friend!

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    • Eveline

      3 years ago

      Hello Mark,
      Adding more Indonesian food here :
      Bakmi, Bubur Ayam, Kue Kue Basah/ Jajanan Pasar, Seblak (very spicy food with bunch option of toppings) and also the most Indonesian favorite; INDOMIE!

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    • Michael Demmons

      4 years ago

      We have two Indonesian restaurants here in Atlanta, Georgia. We frequent the about 2-3 times per month. For my money, Indonesian food is the best stuff on the planet. I’ve not tries all the dishes here, but I’ve eaten a lot of them, having been to Indonesia 5 times. Great post, Mark. Love your videos!

    • har

      4 years ago

      You will love these foods:
      1. Sanjay (sweet and spicy cassava cracker from Padang)
      2. Mpek-mpek (fried dumpling with vinegar sauce from Jambi and Palembang)
      3. Tempoyak (Fish with fermented durian paste from Jambi)
      4. Pindang Patin: Light curry of patin catfish, similiar to lele but more greasy and softer texture)
      5. daun Ubi Tumbuk (cassava leaves mortared and cooked in curry)
      6. Sate bekicot (similiar to escargot, but fried and skewered from Central Java)
      7. Nasi Uduk (similiar to malaysian nasi lemak, but more spice added).
      8. Oncom (fermented leftover of Tofu production, usually battered or stir fried)
      9. Gulai Usus (similiar to sausage, but the filler is egg, not meat, cooked in curry).
      10. Papeda (thick sagoe porridge, enjoyed with ikan kuah kuning, or yellow soup fish from Papua and Maluku)
      11. Dendeng Batokok (crisp deep fried hammered beef jerky accompanied with generous chilly slices)

    • har

      4 years ago

      When you go to small padang stall (ampera), and the ordering single dish, then it’s called “ramas”, not “pesan”. Pesan means ordering. “Hidang” means ordering complete menu on the table.

    • alice

      4 years ago

      my favorite indonesian food is sambal. is that even a food? lol but i love my sambal with fried chicken and rice. i cant give up eating it. it’s really good!

    • Budi

      4 years ago

      Bookmarked. When i visit Jakarta again, i will definitely use this page as a checklist!

    • Iswariadi

      4 years ago

      Hi Mark.
      such a wonderful blog,,i’d like to fe onmend everyone who might read this.

      oseng tempe
      sayur bening
      sambal tomat
      which this dishes was simplicity yet satisfying food of Indonesian i never get bore

    • Dhika Bas

      4 years ago

      Nice reviews Mark!! You’re always be my favorite culinary guide wherever im going to.. Ayam bakar taliwang is one of the best food I’ve ever taste, that’s so delicious, mouthwatering, and insanely spicy, but I’d like to eat a ton of Ayam Bakar Taliwang.. haha
      You make me hungry dude.. thanks for reviewing one of my favorite food and thanks too for visiting and tasting a lot of foods in my beloved country.. Im really happy to read your blog and watching your youtube channels..

    • Iantony

      4 years ago

      Hi Mark,
      Just want you to know that I love your blog posts and your videos. Really good articles on Indonesian foods. If you were to visit Indonesia again someday, you might want to visit the Island of Sulawesi. The Manadonese, Torajan, and Makassar cuisines are awesome & mostly spicy!
      Keep up the good work, man! Love what you do!

    • Chris

      4 years ago

      Hi Mark, Nice article for Indonesian Food.
      I have few question regarding this, according to number 30. Jengkol Pedas (jengkol chili, djenkol), where you can get it on Bangkok? Im hopeless to find this jengkol and cannot find in any market near my place (khlong toei). Can you please tell me what is the thailand name of Jengkol and where to find this food?
      Note : Im Indonesian and living in Thai, Bkk

      Many Thanks

      • Poipet

        4 years ago

        di bangkok mana ada jengkol
        kalau bencong sih banyak

    • Carlo W

      5 years ago

      Nice article, Mark. :thumbsup: Please come to Indonesia again and explore another cities’ cuisines. Yogyakarta, maybe? ??

    • Amira

      5 years ago

      good review, i’m p shocked that ayam betutu isn’t here tho

    • Dimas Ardi

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark. Love your work man. I’m watching your channel now, at 3 in the morning… And i regret it… coz now i’m hungry and there’s nothing to eat :))

    • Aswin

      5 years ago

      Nice list!

      greetings – Aswin & Liza (Indonesians living in Belgium) ??

    • Aswin

      5 years ago

      Nice list!

      greetings – Aswin & Liza (Indonesians leaving in Belgium) ??

    • beto

      5 years ago

      oh no mark.. you killing me softly… aarrgghhhh…

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hey Beto, thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed this food guide!

    • dalle

      5 years ago

      hi mark.
      You Have not visited culinary in Cirebon city, might be a visit you at another time.
      Typical culinary Cirebon many varieties and it is definitely delicious.
      1. Empal Gentong.
      2. Rice Lengko.
      3. Rice Jamblang.
      4. Know Gejrot.
      and many more unique culinary Cirebon city is certainly tasty and delicious.

      • Indra

        5 years ago

        Know ?? Omg. I’m dying in laugh.

      • Azka Ahsanur Reza

        4 years ago

        Hi Mark! It’s me again. Already read your writing above. And i’m glad you love the foods.
        So, if you wanna go back here… let me know?
        Haha maybe that’s not possible. But thanks for loving our food.

        Greetings from Jakarta, Indonesia.

      • Arya

        4 years ago

        are u using google translate mate ?

      • afifah

        4 years ago

        KOK KNOW GEJROT AHAHAH gejrot tofu aduh

    • Adrian

      5 years ago

      Hey Mark!

      I’ve been watching your vids on youtube and came accross this blog. I totally agree with the list. this pretty much sums up Indonesian dishes and might be useful for a baby step to everyone who keen to try Indonesian foods.

    • andieta

      5 years ago

      WOW! i reaaaaaaaaally am loooooves this post! but psst, dont you think even you already write about 50 dishes, there’s still so many super yummy dishes out there! and, yess, i also eager to travel just because i really want to try the special and unique food from every places (i mean, what could be a better reason to travel :P) well. in the end. i loves your blog!
      i also blogged about indonesian food in https://andietafoodjourney.wordpress.com/2016/09/30/indonesian-food-fun-fact-1-takir-pandan/ ??

    • Fitri Arfiani

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark, first of all I would like to say that I am impressed by your experience to try all these Indonesian food. When I look at to your blog, I miss all these food, snacks, and beverages. One thing that I love about Indonesia is I can eat good food with affordable price (cheap to Western countries’ standard) almost everywhere. Indonesian cuisine is unique, exotic, and interesting. For example, avocado in Indonesia becomes dessert (Es Campur or Es Teler), however in Australia (the country I live in currently) avocado is served as appetisers and main dish. When I mentioned to one of my friends about it, they did not believe me and thought that I was joking. For me, two words represent Indonesian food: delicious and spicy. Even though some of the food are served plain, people sometimes will still ask for Sambal or Cabe Rawit (young chilies). For most Indonesian people, the more spicy, the better. Oh, Indonesian people like to drink Es Teh (ice tea) with almost every food they eat. Oh how I miss my country food! Well presented, Mark! I love it and hopefully you can share some more interesting story about Indonesian food.

    • Ahmad Thariq

      5 years ago

      Man, you should went to Bandung one day, there are various delicious dishes there!.

      • Yonahes Prabowo

        4 years ago

        The Bakhmi Rica in Bandung is sooo Gooooddd????????????. I am an Indonesian and love my country’s food! You need to try Manadonese Food though, I find it one of the best (other than nasi padang, etc)

    • Eni Wibowo

      5 years ago

      Mark, i love you..
      I think i must be so bussy with my daily routine and do not have time to explore the food of my own country hehehe…
      Your list is amazing and i will try ayam bakar taliwang for sure because… in fact… it is around my office. Where were i this time?
      Fyi, one of the the food court at my office serving ayam gepuk, fried chicken with schallot sambal. The special thing about this food is you can order how much chilli to put on your sambal. If you say 5, so the will make sambal with just 5 piece of chilli. My friend tried with 40 piece of chilli.
      Try it with fried cabbage, it taste really good and challenging.
      Thanks for coming to Indonesia ????

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Eni, great to hear from you, hope you can keep on exploring the food in Indonesia. Ayam Taliway is still one of the best things I ate in Indonesia. Sounds great about the sambal!

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    • Leo K.

      5 years ago

      my first impression for you: totally friendly guy. look forward for your next trip to Indonesia, especially our 5 main islands: Sumatera, Jawa, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, Papua. pretty sure you’ll be converting to Indonesian citizen after those 5 islands (jk).
      on behalf my fellow Indonesians, thank you so much for helping us promoting our country, may god bless you.

      note for moslem tourist: Indonesia is a really moslem-friendly country with our over 80% moslem populations, so you can come and experience our halal food for life, everywhere, like literally.

    • Kadri

      5 years ago

      Hy mark

      thank you so for coming to indonesia and i hope you enjoy your trip here
      just like one of your comment i’ve read. when you come to indonesia try visit surabaya.
      just like mention on the comment berfore mine, try “rujak cingur” if you familiar with cow brain now you should try cow’s lips with some of black sauce still a little bit same with gado – gado
      and if you already familiar with lontong don’t forget to try “Lontong Balap” (Race Rice Cake) and “Lontong Kupang” (Shell Soup).
      or if you like satay we have “sate kelapa” it still a satay but the meat is cover with dried coconut.

      indonesia still have a lot of surprising and delicious food you can enjoy
      thank you and best regard mark

    • dicky

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark, thanks for the review.. i hope you can try sate maranggi from purwakarta west java.. not far from jakarta.. its amazing taste of satay..

    • Veni Jayanti

      5 years ago

      I am Indonesian, and I live in NY now, Man… your youtube channel and website is killing me, like literally. I got my mouth watery and I just want to eat all of the food you listed here. My favourite definitely is Nasi Padang, Ayam Taliwang, Pempek, Bakso, and Bubur Barito.. Oh God, it is insane how you made me so homesick now!!!

    • Mike

      5 years ago

      A little correction about the coffee stall.. it was Kawangkoan not Kwang koan.. hehehe

    • Andhika FortySix

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark. i love your guide and review so much
      if you enjoy the ‘Padang Food’ i think you should go to Padang or West Sumatra. You”ll find that better. that was more spicy and have a great taste

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Thank you Andhika, I’m really hoping to visit in the future.

    • Firman

      5 years ago

      if you like Nasi Padang so much you have to try Nasi Padang PAGI SORE at Fatmawati south jakarta one of the best Padang resto in jakarta, Ayam Bakar nya made with coconut milk

    • DonY

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark,
      since I saw your video on youtube about Indonesian food , I feel something is missing , because you have not come to Surabaya . I hope that if you come to Indonesia again, please visit Surabaya.
      you should try :
      1. Rawon ( Black Beef Soup ) – Rawon Setan Jalan Tunjungan. open 24/7 ( I’ve think ;p ).
      2. Nasi Bali ( Beef,Tofu,Tempe,Egg with Chilli Sauce ) – Nasi Bali Jalan Pengampon. open 22PM – 2AM.
      3. Nasi Cumi ( Squid with Black Ink Sause ) – Jalan Waspada open 24/7 ( I suggest trying at night between the10- 12PM ).
      4. Nasi/Mie Goreng Jawa ( Javanese Fried Rice/noodle ) – Nasi Goreng Jawa Pasar Genteng Jalan Pasar Genteng open 6PM – 12PM daily.
      5. Nasi Goreng Jancuk ( Insanely Hot Fried Rice ) – Hotel Plaza Surabaya open 10AM – 10PM daily.
      6. Lontong Kikil ( from beef parts soup with rice cake ) – Jalan Gembong ( My fav place ) open 6PM – 12PM daily.
      7. Soto Madura ( Madura Beef Soup ) – Soto Gubeng Pojok Jalan Gubeng open 7AM – 9PM daily.
      8. Nasi Pecel Madiun ( i don’t know how to explain in English, but basicly under peanut sauce ;P ) – you can find it everywhre in Surabaya ;P
      9. Tahu Telor / Tahu Tek-Tek ( Fried Egg, Tofu and Lontong serve with “Petis” and Peanuts Sause ) – Tahu Telor Pak Jayen Jalan Dharmahusada open 6PM – 12PM daily.
      10. Tahu Campur Lamongan ( Tofu and Beef Soup ) – Tahu Campur Kalasan H. Abdul Mahfud Jalan Kalasan no 22 open 11AM – 11PM daily.
      11. Nasi Bebek Madura ( Rice with Deep Fried Duck and Sambal ) – Bebek Papin Jalan kalianyar open 6PM – 10PM daily, Bebek Pahlawan Jalan Pahlawan open 6PM – 12PM daily, Bebek HT Jalan Karang Empat open 9AM – 2PM, 5PM – 10PM daily.
      12. Rujak Cingur ( Beef Mouth Salad with “Petis” and peanuts Sause ) – Rujak Cingur Ahmad Jais Jalan Ahmad Jais open 11AM – 5PM daily.
      13. Soto Ayam Lamongan ( Chicken Soup ) – Soto Ayam Cak Har jalan Ir H Soekarno ( MERR ) open 7AM – 11PM daily.
      14. Sate Klopo ( Beef Satay with Coconut Powder and Peanuts Sause) – Sate Klopo Ondomohen Jalan Ondomohen open 6PM – 12PM daily.
      15. Nasi Campur ( Mixed Rice with Beef, Tofu, Egg etc ;P) – Nasi Campur pojok Tambak Bayan jalan Pasar Besar Wetan No 7 open 5AM – 5PM daily.
      16. Lontong Balap ( Bean Sprout Soup With rice cake ) – Lontong Balap Cak Gendut Jalan Prof Dr Moestopo open 8AM – 9PM daily.

      There are many more foods typical of Surabaya that I don’t have mentioned here because to much ;P.
      I hope that the recommendations I provide very useful for you. Buon Appetito ;P

      • DonY

        5 years ago

        update ;P
        Rawon Setan is in jalan Embong Malang not in Jalan Tunjungan ;P thx

    • Arya Singa Sucipta

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark Wiens,
      As a place where hundreds of great ancient civilization lies, there are many tribes and inhabited in Nusantara. For each tribe, they have their own version of spices and the proportion they used uniquely. For me, you should explore from one district to another within Nusantara so that you will have a better understanding of diversity in Nusantara culinary. After RTW, let’s go for RTN (round the nusantara).

    • Helena

      5 years ago

      Ow, I love Indonesian food! The best kepala ikan soup you can eat at Mak Beng in Sanur, Bali. Very crowded place, but very nice. Their very hot sambal is epic. Keep on going your great blog Mark!

    • Graeme

      5 years ago

      This is a fabulous guide to the best dishes of Indonesia. The photos are mouthwateringly superb. The descriptions are informative and helpful. Thanks so much Mark!

    • Nyoman

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark,
      Love your blog and street food videos. If you visit Bali, come to babi guling (suckling pig) Ibu Oka @Ubud. It is so damn good. Try it, can’t wait to see your hilarious expression on youtube when you bite the super crispy pork skin.

      Keep it up, traveler

    • Reza

      5 years ago

      If you ever come to Indonesia again, I would tell you some indonesian dishes that you have not tried yet (a food lover here )

    • Obeth Moses

      5 years ago

      Maybe it’s a little bit late for a comment but i’d really enjoy reading your blog and watching your video on youtube,,the face of satisfaction after you ate the food, for sure you can’t be lied about it…LOL
      as indonesian i’m glad that you’ve reviewed our signature dish and i hope in the end of this year, our food can make top 10 best food in 2016 or maybe top 3…

      thanks for visiting Indonesia and please don’t get bored…
      next time you come to Indonesia maybe you can make Food Trip across Java and end up in Bali or Lombok visiting Cities that some people have already told you before on the comment below…

    • Obeth Moses

      5 years ago

      Maybe it’s a little bit late for a comment but i’d really enjoy reading your blog and watching your video on youtube,,the face of satisfaction after you ate the food, for sure you can’t be lied about it…LOL
      as indonesian i’m glad that you’ve reviewed our signature dish and i hope in the end of this year, our food can make top 10 best food in 2016 or maybe top 3…

      thanks for visiting Indonesia and please don’t get bored…
      next time you come to Indonesia maybe you can make Food Trip across Java and end up in Bali or Lombok visiting Cities that some people already told you before on the comment below…

    • Mia

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this great guide, Mark. I’ve been to Bali a few times but haven’t always understood what all the dishes were at Warungs and have tended to stick with gado gado and Nash goreng. I’m about the head back for a month and will definitely be using your excellent list to find some great local food.

    • Revi

      5 years ago

      Hey Mark! love your guide very much, thank you for appriciating indonesian food who is somehow unpopular in culinary world. And for Nasi liwet in Jakarta, i recomend you next time try some at ikan bakar cianjur, they have a few restaurant but the most popular is at jalan batu tulis, pecenongan. they a re sundanese styled restaurant so surely you’ll have some pepes there too to acompany the nasi liwet.

    • maryono

      5 years ago

      Hai Mark… You Must Try… “Empal gentong, Empal Asem, Nasi lengko, Nasi Jamblang” from Cirebon Indonesia

    • Eddea

      5 years ago

      Thx mark u blog and yutube awesome – before watch u chanel , i watch bizarefood Andrew Zimmern in indonesa but he poorly one get stomachache from spice ^-^ . i glad u are fine and can accept it – i hope u can visit more cities and island in indonesoa

    • Vita

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark, thank you so much for making my job easier… I’m Indonesian and my boyfriend is Canadian who loves to eat especially ones with fresh spices and he is coming to visit me soon… You pretty much mentioned all the food he must definately try… I bet he gonna love it just like u do..

      Oh btw you should try Empal Gentong Bu Dharma from Cirebon… It’s aaaamaaaazzzingg!!! Lol

      Have a nice day!

    • Wisyral

      5 years ago

      hello Mark Wiens
      I’m really proud of you for introduce our food into the entire world. It’s really nice that Indonesian food was knowledge on there, not even in your country but a hole world should know and try our food. lets trip to our country and we will pleasure to meet you’ll here.

      I want to tell the most incredible food it’s not only from Jakarta it self, but you should try to Padang City, Medan City, Palembang City that has own originally recipe that fresh from natural and it was that origanlly food from that town.

      for the exemple, I came from Medan North of Sumatera and lives here, that was famous food just like Risol, Tahu Isi, Sop Sipirok (oh man this is my favorite food a hole my life), Soto Medan (this is the originally food from Medan North of Sumatera that no one city in Indonesia can copy that taste, you should try this, its recomended man !! :), Burung Goreng Siantar, Mie Aceh (this is recipe from Aceh originally recipe, but in Medan you find easly to find it…its spicy noodle), Nasi Padang Sidempuan, and many more that you can find it in Medan North of Sumatera….

      maybe next time you can turn back tou our country espescially in Medan North of Sumatera…

      thank a lot Mark…peace

    • Justicia Satria Negara

      5 years ago

      Hello Mark, have you ever tried garang asem? it’s my favorite food in Indonesia, you have to try it!!

    • Rian Yona Irawan

      5 years ago

      hi mark
      i think nasi liwet at ur list is nasi liwet in sundanese style
      there is also nasi liwet in solo/jawa style
      nasi liwet in solo/jawa style have a similar taste with nasi uduk/nasi lemak

    • Bernard Timothy

      5 years ago

      Thank you for making such a great guide of Indonesian Food
      as an Indonesian, i am proud when reading your guide
      Indonesia has so many various food, but i got to say this 50 food are well known.
      if i may suggest, these are some great food that not listed (not in order):
      – Bandeng Presto, a seasoned, high pressure steamed-fried fish
      – Kuo Tie, minced pork dumpling (you may missed this one, it’s also located at Glodok, Jakarta)
      – Nasi Bebek Madura, hot seasoned deep fried duck from East Java
      – Kerang Dara Saus Padang, cooked oyster with sauce from Padang, West Sumatra
      – Wingko Babat, baked cake made from coconut, famous in Semarang, Central Java
      – Surabi Solo, sweet coconut pancake from Solo, Central Java
      – Karedok, Sundanese salad
      – Sambal Roa, Hot Sambal combined with minced tuna from Manado, North Sulawesi
      – Bakut Sayur Asin, Pork stew with marinated vegetable
      – Sate Babi Manis, pork skewer (satay) with sweet and chili flavour
      – Sekba, Tasty pork dish, an unique Indonesia-Chinese food
      – Steamed Chicken Feet, usually served with rice porridge at Semarang
      – Tahu Bakso, Fried tofu with meatball dough inside, it’s from Semarang
      – Mie Siantar/Medan/Sumatra, Noodle with Pork from Medan
      – Chasiu Garing, almost same as (red) pork at Nasi campur, but this one is more crispy and tasty
      – Urutan, traditional pork sausage from Bali
      – Batagor Bandung, tofu combined with meatball from Bandung
      – Indomie Abang Adek, Instant Noodle (Indomie) served with super extra hot chili, located at West Jakarta, it’s very famous
      – Martabak Telor, mix of minced meat, egg, green onion, fried inside thin dough layer. Eaten with special sauce made of Vinegar.

      Come again to Indonesia, there are so many food that you have not try, Mark.
      I Love your culinary vlog, especially at Indonesia.
      I hope i can accompany you sometime when you come again here.
      Oh, i also love pork and spicy food. ??

    • Bianca

      5 years ago

      I’m wondering if you ever got any sickness from trying Indonesian food? Either from the hygiene (especially street food) or the spiciness. I’ve heard some foreigners getting diarrhea from eating some Indonesian food.

    • Jennifer Newton

      5 years ago

      After having lived in Jakarta and travelled in Indonesia for 10 years. I would say there is something for everyone there. I love the smoked fish from Sulawesi coated with chilis. It is impossible to pick anyone thing, but simple fried tempe with Saur asem and ikan asin (teri) usually always satisfies.

    • aryo florent

      5 years ago

      I agree with you Mark, manado food taste amazing. I really like manado foods because i’m a spicy food lover too, although I’m not from or domicile in north sulawesi region, I was there for a long trip. The authentic foods here where I live, taste so sweet(and I hate those). from your experience of foods in Jakarta, I think you can guess where is it, luckily there are many other option of foods than the authentic foods here.
      Manado foods has extraordinary spiciness and powerfull flavour because the amount of spices that sometimes takes more than a half of the whole dish ingredients. You can’t eat those without sweating, just feels like free sauna, even rica-rica should be super spicy because “rica” it self means “chili”, so if rica-rica tastes a bit sweet, thats not the authentic one, maybe thats an adaptive version because most indonesian people can’t handle the real spiciness level. once I eat spicy foods there, other region’s spicy food spiciness tastes just so so. Most(almost all) people in north sulawesi can’t eat without clili, a local proverb says “if our eye(s) touch by chili, we don’t cry but eating without chili can make us cry”.
      Here is some other manado foods that I’ve tasted and recomend for you to try next time you visit Indonesia:

      sambal roa: sambal mixed with mashed roa fish(an endemic flying fish of north sulawesi and north maluku) usually eat with rice, manado yellow rice, or tinutuan(manado rice porridge). packed sambal roa also available on online store despite of the difference level of spiciness

      dabu-dabu: a spicy condiment made of sliced tomato, chili pepper, shallot and lemon juice

      Rintek wuuk(RW): a dog meat dish with lemon basil, galangal, ginger, spring onion, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, shallot, garlic, and chilli padi (almost all Manadonese dish uses chilli padi(an endemic chili from manado, smaller and spicier than cabai rawit). halal version of RW in Indonesia uses chiken, duck, or beef

      Babi rica: rica-rica style dish that use pork(in north sulawesi, rica-rica refers to babi rica)

      Paniki: fruit bat cooked with coconut milk and spices. many people in other region think its disgusting to eat, but in fact, they are much more hygienic compared to chicken, and moreover their main diet is ripe fruits

      tinorangsak: steamed pork(conventionally) with spices covered with pangi leaves(keluwak leaves), in classic method, roasted inside bamboo

      brenebon soup: red kidney bean soup, mixed with pig’s trotters, sometimes mixed with beef or chicken

      sayur paku: stir fried or sauted eatable pakis(fern) shoot or pakis young leaves, generally mixed with papaya flower and green tomato just like manadonese stir fried water morning glory

      pisang goreng: deep fried banana/plantain covered in wheat flour batter. it same like other pisang goreng in indonesia, the difference is it’s eaten with spicy sambal

      there still more of it but I can’t remember it all
      It was a great and dangerous food experience, because its addictive to me. hopefully someday you could experience it too.

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Aryo, this is amazing, thank you for taking the time to share all about Manado food, and some of the other dishes that I need to try. I would truly love to visit Manado in the future. Thanks!

    • adam utama

      5 years ago

      Hey Mark,

      I truly love your videos and as well the work you put up on this blog, watching your adventure with your wife to Indonesia made me miss my country so much and as well sparked a lot of interest on cuisines from other countries, keep up your passion and what an amazing work*Thumbs up*

      P.s. Cant wait to see more of your videos ??

      Have an amazing day/food

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Adam, thank you very much for your support and encouraging words. We had an amazing time in Indonesia!

    • rano bambang

      5 years ago

      You should also try Indonesian cuisine that originated from Kalimantan . … vegetable acids such as spicy , vegetable tempoyak , sambal belacan , dried bamboo shoots sauce , sambal petai , it is all home-cooked meals that are not sold in the restaurant … if you are interested visit Kalimantan ( west , central , east, south , north ) where the food was coming …. interested ??? send email only. I wait for you in Kalimantan …. thanks … peace and love from Kalimantan Indonesia

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Rano, thank you very much and appreciate your invitation. I’m hoping to visit Kalimantan in the future.

    • bimz

      5 years ago

      mark when you are in indonesia
      you should try kopi luwak “luwak coffe”
      it`s expensive but it tastes really good and amazing

    • Afriady Lisandy

      5 years ago

      As one of Indonesian and a foodie, this list is legit!
      Thanks Mark….! There are many more to explore in Indonesia.

    • Diajeng

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark! I really enjoy your videos ! all of the food always makes me hungry especially when im fasting???? your reaction is verryyy funny and you have a very good taste! Have you tried the famous fried chicken in jakarta called “ayam goreng berkah” ? Have a nice day and im always waiting for your upcoming videos!Cheers x

    • Mas Picis

      5 years ago

      Love your writings

    • Irwan Hartanto

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark, I am an instant fan of you. Soonest I saw one of your Video Blog in Youtube (saw it in my friends Facebook wall) I was instantly hooked up (not just because you are in Jakarta currently).

      I think you cover Indonesian food in Jakarta with flying colors and I love it, thank you for your deep appreciation and love for our foods.

      Until when will you be in Jakarta??? I know at the moment is our Islam Holy Month of Ramadhan. But if you can stick around until our Celebration of Ramadhan; Aidil Fitr Mubarak (I think it will be on July 6th or 7th 2016).

      You will realize that we; Indonesian Muslim, will have a feast to celebrate that once a year special Religius occasion and perhaps we will serve foods that might be only prepare and serve only once a year for that special celebration (ofcourse after you fast for a Month straight, celebrating with fantastic food is one of the best way to end our holy month).

      But perhaps the only way you can peek and taste that feast is by getting invitation from any Muslim family who will celebrate it among millions of muslim families throughout Indonesia.

      If you are interested please do let me know, I might be able to arrange you and your wife to visit my families Aid ul Fitr feast celebration (my family side and my wife side, both of them have their own unique and different food to cook, since me and my wife have different ethnic background, and both are amazing…hahahahaha).

      Hope I can hear from you.

      Thank you.

      Irwan Hartanto.

    • Monyet

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark,

      What a wonderfull post/ review. As a half Indonesian, I find it great to see other people enjoying the delicious food of Indonesia!

      I do have to say though, you should have visited Jogyakarta! The food is not only way cheaper there, but the local dishes made alongside the road are so fresh and mouth watering!

      Are you going back to Indonesia in the futere?

    • Dintan Putri

      5 years ago

      You should come to Solo at Central Java.. My hometown.. Where the heaven of delicious food are served there.. ?? (because its not on your list)

      • bimz

        5 years ago

        im from solo but i cant speak javanese but i understand whenever they speak javanese to me

      • bimz

        5 years ago

        im from solo(born in solo too) but i cant speak javanese but i understand whenever they speak javanese to me
        my grandma house near sahid hotel at jln imam bonjol raya keprabon but i live in tangerang since 6 years old. sometimes i visit my grandma (next visit in july)
        almost javanese dishes are sweet but they are delicious and cheap like rawon, nasi liwet, selad solo, tengkleng (my mom`s favorit dish), sate lilit/buntel, tahu kupat(this is one of my favorit dish), tempe/tofu bacem and etc.
        i hope when the next visit i can eat all of them(javanese foods)

    • Charles

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark , since u mention that u like manadonese food (especially Woku), then why wouldn’t u come to Manado instead? I know the same could be mentioned about Padang , however there are three main reasons why:

      First, Manado North Sulawesi is one of the major exporter of seafood meats to international market caught directly from South Pacific (especially tuna) that’s why although the recipe might probably be the same with manadonese food in Jakarta but the ‘seafood meat component’ is fresher and having good quality compare to the ‘meat’ in Jakarta. And since as u witness it yourself the manadonese seafood is among the best in indonesia then eating it with ‘good quality’ of seafood meat would just bring you to another level of manadonese food tasting.

      Second, u seem to prefer more of spicy, sour salty food and not sweet (except for dessert of course), then Manado is the place. Manadonese food is predominantly sour and not sweet at all as Javanese food , and it’s spicier/hotter than Padang … and in homemade cooking it even hotter than the hotness of Taliwang Chicken Chili Sauce.

      Third, It’s a christian majority region meaning it has variety of pork dishes such as Pork Woku, Pork Rica, Pork Skewer and Manadonese Roasting Pork , and more… and it even has some extreme dishes ( u may or may not try it if u wish) such as boar, dog meat, phyton, bat, etc ( the boar might be not too extreme).

      Some manadonese restaurant serve the Pork dishes in Jakarta, I think it’s quite a miss since u like Woku, and FYI Pork Meat being cooked in Woku ingredient is among of the best pork cuisine in indonesia , especially when it is being cooked through one of its variant : Babi Woku Bambu/Buluh = Woku Pork Bamboo ( Pork being presto-like cooked within a bamboo branch with Woku ingredient). Then two other pork dishes I recommend are: Sate Ragey (Spicy Pork Skew) and Kuah Asam Babi (Sour Soup Pork)

      About seafood, It’s like seafood heaven there, i think u should try all types of cooking from grilled, fried, steam and braised etc with various seafood meats. Some manadonese seafood I recommend are : Kuah Asam Goropa ( Sour Grouper Soup) ==>the best in Indonesia when making fish or seafood in soup , Cakalang Fufu Woku Santan ( Smoked Tuna Woku Coconut Milk ), Kepiting Woku Santan (Crab Woku Coconut Milk ).

      For dessert I recommend Klapertaart a Manadonese Coconut Custard Tart Cake , it’s a cake with Indo-European flavor, but in Jakarta the cake usually had no rum as ingredient in it because alcohol forbidden for muslim however it makes the cake not so authentic anymore, but in manado you would have the authentic flavor because usually rum is o’k since Manado is christian majority

      Again since u like Woku: fyi there are many variations of Woku , it can be stew , grilled, steamed within banana leaf (Pepes) or smoked-steamed within bamboo branch, applied toward meat from seafood to poutry then pork and event extreme type of meat.

      Hope u have time to come to Manado …btw though I’m manadonese but I live in Jakarta ??

    • Giovanni

      5 years ago

      I really love the way you explain the food and to see you eat is always make me hungry.
      I’m waiting to see many other videos from you, very nice Mark Wiens !

    • Natalia Eka Jiwanggi

      5 years ago

      Thank you for visiting Jakarta! I recommend you to try Gudeg in my hometown, Yogyakarta. Its originally from Jogja and Solo, so you shud try here. I’ll accompany you if you come back here again. hehehe. And you can try the best Nasi Liwet in Solo also. Gudeg and Nasi Liwet are both sweet & spicy. I bet you will love it!

    • Chinta

      5 years ago

      Hi mark…if killing people is legal.I would like to kill you..i hate u ????????????????????????(anyway i’m just kidding ????).
      I’m craving for all of the list that u write in here and so in love with your big idea with street food.
      I live in usa right now, half way round the world from indonesia.So I hope someday u’ll be back soon to Indonesia, i miss indonesian food so bad

    • Rahmat

      5 years ago

      BANDUNG!!! BANDUNG!!!! BANDUNG!!! do the trip to Bandung. Cant wait for your next trip. Bandung is such a comfort city!(even i stay in jakarta as long as i can remember)

      Try “peyeum”, its a sweet fragrance fermented cassava. it is simply a humble snacks. You can find it allover in the main road.


    • Marc

      5 years ago

      This is a very good article, so many dishes! I am not a big fan of the fish but the beefrib soup looks amazingly delicious to me! I surely have to go and try a lot of them!

    • Ifa

      5 years ago

      Hi mr, i think you should try “Kupang Lontong” from east java.

    • Johny Susanto

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark, loved your Youtube videos on Indonesian food! I think it’s very helpful to introduce Indonesian cuisine to the world too ??
      Wow, I think u basically ate most of the best Indonesian food in Jakarta that I’ve known.
      Especially the Konro and Fish Head Curry of Medan Baru which I personally think are just unique and mind-blowingly excellent.
      You might wanna try Balinese food too btw, they’re super good with distinct flavour and probably the only native Indonesian food with pork.

    • Nicky

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark. I love watching your videos. I’m amazed how you can eat so much sambal..I even can’t eat that much :p if you go to bali (ubud) you should try Babi guling (suckling pig) ibu oka, bebek Bengil & grilled pork ribs Naughty Nuri’s. If you go to solo you should try tengkleng & their version of Nasi liwet. oh…since you like Nasi Uduk, I think you might like to try as well Nasi kuning (rice made with turmeric & coconut milk).
      And these are the ingridients to make Nasi Uduk if you want to try to cook it : rice, coconut milk, lemon grass, galangal, ginger, & bay leaves. ??

    • Krystal

      5 years ago

      Oh wow I stumbled upon your videos on youtube and it somehow got me here haha.. I’m an Indonesian and I’ve tried some of those dishes and whoa you described them very interestingly and your expressions tell it all. I don’t know how to react to your videos but I assure you I started to drool as I watch your reviews on those food and dishes since I am fasting (it’s Ramadhan or the fasting month in Indonesia atm). Keep up the good work, definitely looking forward to your next videos. And you should come to Surabaya, I live in Surabaya, try the street foods for they best describe the true identity of the local cuisines. We have a wide range of street style bebek goreng options here. We have plenty. You have to try each and every one of them. I’ve been to Bangkok and Phuket, but I didn’t have a good impression on the food there back then and I found it hard to find a delicious halal food there, I would like to hear a recommendation from you if I were to visit again. Thankyou.

    • Dian Wahyu

      5 years ago

      Hai Mark!

      I laugh so loud when i read your review about Gulai Otak : the creaminess will completely overwhelm your mouth, it’s similar to panna cotta in texture
      My family said i’m crazy when everytime i’m comparing Gulai Otak and Pannacotta lol lol lol.

      Talking about the recommendation of Nasi Liwet, i think nothing can’t beat the one in Solo (Central Region of Java). So far i can’t find the good place for Nasi Liwet in Jakarta.

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Dian, haha, awesome to hear that, it has to be one of the creamiest things ever. I can’t wait to try Nasi Liwent Solo in the future.

    • Cory

      5 years ago

      Hey Mark!
      I’m really glad that you’re enjoying Indonesia’s cuisine! I hope you can enjoy your stay here in Indonesia as much as you enjoy the food. Please take care and continue what you’re doing! I really enjoy watching your videos, it makes me drool XD.

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Cory, thank you very much. My wife and I really enjoyed our stay in Jakarta. Thank you for your support.

    • Egi

      5 years ago

      Hello mark, My name is Egi from Indonesia. I really like your videos and it makes me hungry everytime I watch it . I think you should try Sate Kardjan in Bandung which was established since 1925. It is Goat Satay called “Sate Buntel” which served with hot plate. Sate buntel is different with the other goat satay, the minced goat meat are covered with the fatty juicy meat on the outside. And the size is actually huge, you can eat one satay with one plate of rice. I really recommend this food since i never found the best satay like Sate Kardjan in Bandung. For your considerastion check this link: http://m.foody.id/bandung/sate-kardjan-jl-pasirkaliki/review?

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Egi, great to hear from you, thank you for the suggestion. That looks incredible. I will keep it on my list for next time I visit Indonesia!

    • Allie

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark,

      First of all, props to you for making this guide, it’s very well-written and I agree with you in most of the list. But hey, we all have our differences, right?

      However, I realized that nobody have mentioned Banjarese food from South Kalimantan (Borneo), which I think among the most underrated ethnic food in Indonesia (probably, being half-Banjarese myself I might be biased). Some of the Banjarese dishes I recommend:
      1. Soto Banjar (the best I’ve tasted of far is made by my family)
      2. Ketupat kandangan
      3. Ayam masak Habang (Chicken cooked in Habang style)
      4. Banjarese Nasi kuning with haruan (a fish species endemic to rivers in Kalimantan)
      5. Freshwater prawn

      And an extra suggestion if you’re going to Solo in the future: try gudeg ceker margoyudan (they open at midnight).

      Cheers and I wish you all the best!

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hey Allie, really appreciate your reading and for your recommendations. Banjarese food sounds incredible, I would love to try it in the future!

    • Rifqa

      5 years ago

      Hi, Mr Wiens. I’ve just found out your Youtube Channel and website. And it was so fascinating to know that foreigners are loving our food. If you come to Indonesia, I recommend you to try Nasi Padang in Senen district, but it’s called Nasi Kapau.

      By the way, Padang is not a province, but it’s a city. Hopefully it helps you ??

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Rifqa, thank you very much for watching, and for the food recommendations. Appreciate the correction as well. Thanks!

    • Reen

      5 years ago

      Hi Mark, my husband is a fan of you. He stumbled upon your youtube when we’re looking for Bangkok travel guide. We’re so excited to see you in our hometown Jakarta.. Hope you enjoy your trip and here’s some recommendations from me:
      1. Soto Betawi H. Darwasa (also known as Soto Madurasa, or Soto Roxy). For me they serve the best soto betawi. They open pretty early and for best experience I suggest you to come before lunch time, or else it’ll be very crowded. I don’t really remember the exact address, but it’s not too far from Sudi Mampir stall you’ve visited.
      2. Bebek Tepi Sawah serves a much less greasy fried duck, but since it’s an upscale restaurant, it’s pretty pricey. The menu called Tepi Sawah Crispy Duck, it is basically half a duck, served with rice, curried long beans (you can ask to exchange it with plecing kangkung), and 3 kinds of sambal; Sambal Goreng (my favorite), Sambal Terasi, and Sambal Matah. Their restaurants can be found at Pondok Indah Mall (South Jakarta), Baywalk Mall (North Jakarta), and Alam Sutra (Tangerang, a little outside Jakarta).
      3. I also recommend Nasi Liwet at Ikan Bakar Cianjur. It’s not too pricey but delicious. The other Sundanese food there are also delicious. The outlet I often visit is at Batu Tulis, near Pecenongan. Once again, I can’t give you the exact address because I go simply by memorising the way to there xD

      Anyway this post of you really makes me appreciate my local dish more. I do like the fact that you like sambal. Food does taste more delicious when you add sambal lol

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Reen, thank you and your husband for watching our videos and for your food suggestions – they sound delicious. I will definitely keep them on my list for next time I visit Jakarta. Hope you and your husband have a great trip to Bangkok!

    • Michy

      5 years ago

      Wow, you had a lot of Indonesian foods! I just have to say though, you would get a lot more different flavors if you travel away from Jakarta a bit!
      You can find Nasi Liwet at Ikan Bakar Cianjur at Bandung, just about 2 hours travel from Jakarta, and there you can have Ikan Gurame Pesmol, which is amazing in flavor. But, if it’s a bit too far from you, maybe you can go here:
      Jalan Batu Tulis Raya No. 39, Gambir, Kebon Kelapa, Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta
      It’s open 12-10 pm

      Oh, and for Manado food, you completely missed out Paniki! Paniki is a dish that consists of bat cooked as a stew in lots of different spices that is so spicy you just can’t help but go back for more!

      If you have extra time, you should also try to go to other cities in Indonesia. Jakarta might be our capital city, but trust me when I say that when you travel away from one city to another, you will find a lot more different flavors in Indonesia! That’s all for me, enjoy! <3

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hey Michy, thank you very much, appreciate you reading and for your support. I would have loved to travel to some places outside of Jakarta, but I was working on some projects so wasn’t able to this trip. But thank you for your recommendations!

    • Dwiki

      5 years ago

      Mark your awesome I love your blog and vlog in youtube, I think i will start to subscribe your channel and read your blog. And Thanks for your visiting And Explore food in Indonesia. By The way Good Reaction after your eat food wkwkwk

    • Alika

      5 years ago

      Mark, I shouldn’t be watching your videos or reading your blog when I’m studying abroad in Germany–it makes me miss home so much! You’ve successfully made me crave for ayam bakar taliwang, sate, and nasi padang; next time I go home I’ll make sure to not miss these.

      You definitely need to try more Balinese food (homemade is best–I’m lucky to have some Balinese friends cook them for me). Try ayam/bebek betutu (smoked whole chicken/duck stuffed with spices and herbs), lawar (mixed vegetable with chopped meat, spices, and coconut), ayam bumbu bali (chicken doused in chili sauce), urap paku/pakis (fern mixed with other veggies and spiced shredded coconut), sate lilit (minced meat satay mixed with grated coconut and spices), jukut ares (veggie curry made from young banana bark) and since you like sambal try sambal matah (a bit similar in style with dabu-dabu from Manado but with more shallots) and sambal bongkot (made with the honje flower).

      Another sambal I love is sambal roa from Manado which is made with smoked roa fish–the Manadonese eat their fried bananas with sambal roa! Try also Gohu Ikan from Ternate, which is the Indonesian version of sashimi, eaten with… chillies, peanuts, shallots, and lime of course, what else? It’s Indonesian, after all ?? And I also second those suggesting you to try Mie Aceh since I noticed you enjoy curries!

      Oh dear, I’m drooling now. I should hurry up with my studies and get back home ASAP!

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hey Alika, awesome to hear from you, and thank you for all your food suggestions. That’s making me hungry! I’m hoping to travel to some more islands and places in Indonesia to experience the food. Are you able to come back to Indonesia occasionally for a visit?

    • Jason

      5 years ago

      For Rendang I would like to recommend you to go to Garuda Restaurant at Hayam Wuruk Jakarta. It serves you the best Rendang of all

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Hi Jason, thank you for the recommendation. I was going to try to eat at Garuda, but just ran out of time. Next time for sure.

    • Duga Girsang

      5 years ago

      Ayam Betutu / Bebek Betutu (Chicken/Duck Betutu) is the signature dish from Bali should also be in the list.

      • Mark Wiens

        5 years ago

        Thank you Duga, I’d love to try it in the future.

    • Tania

      5 years ago

      Satay: try satay jaya agung sabang. Chick and goar satays are very good and no fat. U can try soup also.

      Padang: many padang restaurant such as padang sederhana, garuda, siang malam

      Nasi liwet: ikan bakar cianjur pecenongan

      Sop buntut br heni : boulevard kelapa gading

    • Stefanny

      5 years ago

      It’s pretty awesome captured by you, you make me really hungry and miss my hometown a lot, but if i may add some list to your ‘food list’, you can try salty pancake (Martabak asin/telur) in roxy street, Jakarta. The name of the food stall is Martabak Har. It’s a salty pancake with egg and beef inside with some kind of curry sauce, it’s so delicious. There is also some dished which is similar to siomay, it’s called batagor from Bandung, with peanut sauce, the taste is also amazing :), you should try es doger and ketoprak (it’s traditional food of Betawi) also when you visit Jakarta again ??

    • Bella Zadithya

      5 years ago

      Great food choice. Thank you for sharing with us! I see you enjoy Sundanese version of Nasi Liwet, but maybe you want to taste Surakarta/Solo’s style of Nasi Liwet. ??

    • Radhi

      5 years ago

      Mark if you’re still in Indonesia, you should try Makaroni Ngehe (a very spicy fried macaroni) You like spicy food right? Hahaha btw nice guide

    • Melva E