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Here Are 8 World-Famous Indonesian Culinary Delights
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Here Are 8 World-Famous Indonesian Culinary Delights

     Indonesia is not only known for its rich natural resources, but also has very diverse traditions and cultures. One of the cultural products that has succeeded in attracting the world's attention is Indonesian cuisine.

​     Indonesia has very diverse culinary destinations, even each region has its own special food. Because it has an original taste, some Indonesian culinary delights are often served at festivals held in several countries in the world. Indonesia is famous for its rich spices, that's why Indonesian cuisine has an authentic and delicious taste.    

     Here are some Indonesian culinary delights that are worldwide and suitable as a reference for dining when on vacation:

1. Rendang

Rendang is a traditional food from Padang, West Sumatra, which is made from meat cooked in coconut milk and Indonesian spices. Rendang has a high delicacy taste because it is rich in spices. That’s why in 2011, Rendangwas ranked first on CNN International's list of the World's 50 Most Delicious Foods, and In 2018, Rendang was officially designated as one of Indonesia's five national dishes.

2. Gado-Gado

Gado-gado is a typical Jakarta food made from boiled vegetables, sliced eggs, tofu, sprinkled with fried onions and served with peanut sauce. It’s also called the Indonesian version of salad.


Although simple, this Indonesian food is not just any food because this Indonesian culinary won first place in the category of aesthetic presentation at an international cooking competition held in Naples, Italy, in 2010.


3. Soto

Soto is a typical Indonesian food like soup made from beef or chicken broth and vegetables. Various regions in Indonesia have their own regional specialty Soto with different compositions


Soto is not only a favorite culinary in Indonesia but also popular in the world. One of the fans of Soto abroad is the people of Ibaraki, Japan. Through food festivals that are often held in Ibaraki, Japanese people get to know Soto brought by several students from Indonesia who live there. No wonder the Japanese people like Soto, because the taste is very delicious. In addition, Soto is also suitable to eat when the air is cold because it is served hot.


4. Gudeg

Another culinary specialty of Indonesia that is worldwide is Gudeg. This special food from Yogyakarta has a sweet taste, which is made from young jackfruit cooked with coconut milk. It takes hours to make this dish. Gudeg is usually eaten with rice and served with thick coconut milk (areh), kampong chicken, eggs, tempeh, tofu and krecekfried chili sauce.


Gudeg is very popular in Java and can also be found outside Indonesia, especially in neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. There are even restaurants abroad that serve gudeng menus such as the restaurant in Clayton Road, Melbourne, Australia.


5. Tempe

Next, Indonesian culinary specialties that are worldwide are Tempe. Tempe is a typical Indonesian food made from fermented soybeans, which is not only widely consumed in Indonesia, but is now worldwide. Many vegetarians around the world have used Tempe as a substitute for meat because it contains vegetable protein, fiber and lots of prebioticswhich are good for maintaining health. That’s why,currently Tempe is not only produced in Indonesia but also in many places in the world.


6. Bakso

Another typical Indonesian culinary that has managed to steal the attention of international is Bakso. Bakso are generally made from a mixture of ground beef and tapioca flour, but there are also meatballs made from chicken, fish, or shrimp and generally served hot with broth mixed with noodles, vermicelli, bean sprouts, tofu, sprinkled with fried onions and celery. The meatballs are very popular and can be found throughout Indonesia, from street vendor carts to restaurants.


The Chinese people really like Bakso, even thought they have their own version. Not only Chinese people, Baksoare also a favorite culinary favorite of the former president of the United States, Barack Obama.


7. Nasi Goreng

Fried rice is a very popular traditional Indonesian food. At first, this food was made as a way to avoid wasting leftover rice. But now this food can be found in various corners in Indonesia, abroad and even the world.


In 2011, an Internet poll conducted by CNN International and attended by 35,000 people placed fried rice at number two on their list of '50 Most Delicious Foods in the World' after rendang.


8. Sate

The last on the list of Indonesian culinary specialties that are worldwide is Sate. This typical Indonesian food made from grilled meat and served with various types of spices is not only a favorite of the Indonesian people but also a favorite of people abroad, such as other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and Thailand. Sate is also popular in the Netherlands because it is influenced by Indonesian cuisine, which used to be theircolony. Even now there are restaurants abroad that serve satay as their favorite menu, such as Satay Junction in New York.



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