Indonesian Food Recipes

Nasi Goreng, Gado-gado, Beef Rendang, Tempeh....


Indonesian, the world’s fourth largest population made up of 250 ethnic groups and spread out over 6,000 populated islands, is a land of huge diversity so as its cuisines.

SatayFrom the time that its Srivijaya kingdom commenced trading with China in the 7th century, Indonesia has been an important trade region with many foreign powers attracted by its wealth of natural resources.

The Indian merchants brought the Hindu and Buddhist religions as well as curries and dried spices such as cardamom, cumin and caraway.

Chinese traders contributed soybean, noodles and the technique of stir-frying. While the Arab traders introduced Islam, kebabs and Arabian spices.


Bika Ambon Grilled Fish
Beef Rendang Grilled Chicken
Beef Curry Fried Otak-Otak
Beef In Coconut Milk Spicy Shredded Chicken
Bean Curd Omelette Indonesian Style Curry Prawn
Balinese Minced Seafood Satay Nasi Goreng
Javanese Style Beef Steak Spicy Fried Boiled Egg
Smashed Fried Chicken Balinese Steamed Chicken Parcels (Tum Ayam)
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce Beef Braised in Sweet Soy (Semur Daging)
Coconut Cinnamon Custard in a Pumpkin Crispy Fragrant Fried Chicken
Duck in Spicy Coconut Gravy Fish Braised in Chillies and Spices
Fish Steaks in Fragrant Coconut Gravy Fish Grilled in a Banana Leaf (Ikan Pepes)
Grilled Chicken Sundanese Style Fish Simmered in Fragrant Soy (Pindang Kecap)
Grilled Prawn Satay (Sate Udang) Fried Tofu and Vegetable Salad with Peanut Dressing
Homestyle Chicken Soup with Vegetables Javanese Bean Paste Beef Stew (Taoto)
Makassarese Beef Rib Soup (Sop Konro) Mixed Salad with Coconut Dressing (Urap)
Lamb in Rich Coconut and Spices Pecel (Blanced Vegetable Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing)
Rice Cakes with Sweet Coconut Filling Seasoned Beef in Banana Leaf Packets
Sambal Prawns Seasoned Fish Fillets in a Banana Leaf
Sop Buntut (Indonesian Oxtail Soup) Soto Ayam Madura (Madurese Chicken Soup)
Soto Banjar (Banjarese Chicken Soup) Sweet Pineapple Curry
Young Coconut Meringue Cake Sweet Shaved lce with Bananas and Coconut Custard


The Europeans, Spanish and Portuguese traders brought product from the New World before the DutchBeef Rendang finally colonized Indonesia for three and a half centuries. During that time, they imported potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, string beans and corn to remind them of their home back in Europe.


Many Indonesian dishes are Chinese-influenced. Only a handful of dishes are distinctly home-grown such as
Padang food from Sumatra.

Indonesian food is well-known for its nasi goreng (fried rice), satay (skewered meats with a spicy peanut sauce, beef rendang, gado-gado (bean sprouts and veggies in peanut sauce), or sambal (chili condiment) and tempeh (roasted soybean cakes). Majority of Indonesian foods are
of similarities to Malay food in Malaysia.

As with the rest of Southeast Asia, rice is the main staple of diet in Indonesia, except in Irian Jaya and Maluku where people sustain themselves with sago, which is a type of tapioca, sweet potatoes and cassava.


Rice is usually eaten plain with a meat dish, a vegetable dish, a sambal and crunchiest like fried peanuts or fried anchovies. Sometimes, the rice is steamed in woven packets of coconut leaves to make what is called a ketupat. And sometimes it is steamed in banana leaves and served as lontong.

Most Indonesian food is moderately spicy with a predominance of ginger, garlic and fresh turmeric.


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