I was just talking to a friend whom I met in Indonesia, and she is heading back their soon! To be honest I got jealous! I started talking with my girlfriend (whom I also met in Indonesia,) and we started remembering our favorite food and where we used to go to eat them all the time! And so I decided to write the list of my top five special Indonesian foods!
Sate, simply, is small pieces of meat skewered and grilled on coal. Available for all kinds of meat, like chicken (ayam), pork (babi – more rare to find especially in Java), and even for shrimps (udang)!! But I have to say that my favorite of all was the Sate Kambing (goat sate,) very juice, easy to chew and very delicious!!
The best part about sate (pronounced Satay) is the peanut sauce it comes with! Always delicious!
Sate is found on all Indonesian streets, you’ll find one of the street vendors with his cart smoking way more than the other, that’s because he is grilling some Sate!
Martabak, which looks like a pie, but salty, commonly known as martabak telur, is made from eggs, onions and meaty filling in a thin and crispy pastry. Martabak was very good because it had the taste of fried egg with pastry, which is rarely found in Indonesian cuisine (which mainly consists of fried food.)
The famous fried rice! It is really easy to fall in love with that simple meal, or hate it. Luckily I loved it! Cheaper than 1 dollar per plate, it was perfect for my empty-wallet days. I also won’t deny that I actually miss it now; and that when I tried to cook it at home it was a huge failure!
All I know about how they make it from watching it done infront of me tens of times is that they fry the rice with soy sauce, garlic, some vegetables and chicken pieces! Why I couldn’t get that right is only a matter of how bad I am in the kitchen! 🙂
Very similar to the fried rice is the fried noodles, Mie Goreng, though I can’t say that I preferred it to the fried rice, but it was also good.
Thanks to my school and internship, I was provided food for free, all three meals, that is until I started dating and eating my dinners out almost every day. Back to the topic, thanks to them I was introduced to this amazing soup which is yellowish in color and full of meat bones with marrow inside. We have a similar one in Egypt that I have only tried when I was young and it didn’t match my taste back then. Now, I loved it!
They always gave me Gule to eat with which rice and Sate, this was my favorite meal, and my food providers noticed this and I started getting the same meal at least twice a week! Can’t say I wasn’t happy!
Ok, this wasn’t a favorite meal of mine at all, but I had to include it as it is something so special in Indonesia! The so called meat balls, which isn’t really meaty I would say, is served in soup with some greenish noodles and some crackers. I don’t even know what to write about Bakso, it was my least favorite food in Indonesia to be honest! The meat balls were, so chemical, more like sausage balls not real meat balls, and the glass noodles with the green color are really not a favorite of mine 🙂
Though I have to admit, most Indonesians, when asked, would say Bakso is their favorite meal of choice!
Did you try food in Indonesia? What was your favorite food and how did it look like?