Indonesian cuisine

Some popular dishes that originated in Indonesia are now common across much of Southeast Asia. Indonesian dishes such as satay, beef rendang, and sambal are also favoured in Malaysia and Singapore. Soy-based dishes, such as variations of tofu (tahu) and tempe, are also very popular. Tempe is regarded as a Javanese invention, a local adaptation of soy-based food fermentation and production. Another fermented food is oncom, similar in some ways to tempe but using a variety of bases (not only soy), created by different fungi, and particularly popular in West Java.


Acar – Acar Awak – Spicy Mixed Vegetable Pickle

Acar is a type of pickling made in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore. It is made from different vegetables such as yardlong beans, carrots and cabbage which are pickled in vinegar and dried chillies. The vegetables are then tossed in ground peanuts.

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Apam Balik – Malaysian Peanut Pancakes

Apam balik is a type of pancake from Malaysia. Apam Balik is usually sold at specialist roadside stalls throughout Malaysia. This version is for the original recipe which is quite a thick batter. Make your own adjustments to the recipe ingredients, including the fillings as you go.

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Ayam Goreng Kalasan – Kalasan Fried Chicken

Kalasan Fried Chicken, or simply known as Ayam Kalasan in the Indonesian language, is a very popular fried chicken dish. It can be found almost anywhere in Indonesia, especially in the western and central parts of the country.

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Ayam Penyet – Smashed Fried Chicken

Ayam penyet (Javanese for: smashed fried chicken) (印尼炸鸡 is Indonesian — more precisely East Javanese cuisine — fried chicken dish consisting of fried chicken that is smashed with the pestle against mortar to make it softer, served with sambal, slices of cucumbers, fried tofu and tempeh. In Indonesia penyet dishes, such as fried chicken and ribs are commonly associated with Surabaya, the capital city of East Java.

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Ayam Taliwang – Grilled Chicken with a Spicy Sauce

Ayam Taliwang is made with chicken (preferably free range), which is cut and cleaned prior to grilling. Once it has been grilled halfway, it is removed from the grill and tenderised with a pestle. It is then dipped in cooking oil; after several seconds in the oil, it is put in a spicy sauce of garlic, chilli, and shrimp paste. It is then fried or grilled to order.

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Balinese Cuisine

Balinese cuisine is a cuisine tradition of Balinese people from the volcanic island of Bali. Part of Indonesian cuisine, it demonstrates indigenous traditions, as well as influences from other Indonesian regional cuisine, Chinese and Indian.

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Base Gede – Balinese Basic Spice Paste

An aromatic and slightly hot spice blend that is excellent for making curries of any sort (with or without meat). This blend can vitalize soups, fish dishes with coconut milk, or even tempeh recipes.

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Bumbu Pecel – Balinese Peanut Sauce

A Balinese sauce based on chillies, peanuts, tamarind and coconut sugar. Liquid is added to the paste to make a sauce consistency when ready to use. It is commonly served over boiled vegetables, similar to the sauce used in Gado-gado.

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Cendol

Cendol is a traditional dessert originating from Southeast Asia which is popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (where it is known as mont let saung), Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand.

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Gado-Gado – Indonesian Vegetable Salad with Peanut Sauce

Gado-gado (in Indonesian or Betawi language), also known as Lotek (in Sundanese and Javanese) is an Indonesian dish or Indonesian salad consisting of boiled vegetables served with a peanut sauce dressing. It is differed from lotek atah or karedok for its fresh and raw version of the vegetable covered with peanut sauce. Another similar dish is Javanese pecel. It is thought to have originally been a Sundanese dish. It is widely served from hawkers carts, stalls (warung) as well as in restaurants and hotels both in Indonesia and worldwide.

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Indonesian Cuisine

Some popular dishes that originated in Indonesia are now common across much of Southeast Asia. Indonesian dishes such as satay, beef rendang, and sambal are also favoured in Malaysia and Singapore. Soy-based dishes, such as variations of tofu (tahu) and tempe, are also very popular.

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Indonesian Dishes – List of

This is a list of selected dishes found in Indonesian cuisine with images, brief excerpts, and links to the recipes.

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Javanese Cuisine

Javanese food is categorised into Central and East Javanese food; both serve simple and non-spicy food, though Central Javanese food is tends to be sweeter. Some perceive Javanese cuisine as rather sweet compared to other Indonesian dishes, because generous amount of gula jawa (palm sugar) or kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) are ingredients favoured by the Javanese. 

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Kastengel – Savoury Cheese Sticks

Kastengel is a traditional cheese stick eaten much in the way an Anzac biscuit would be eaten here in Australia. Kastengel are most often consumed during holidays and most notably during the two day celebration of Labaran.

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Kue Lapis Surabaya

Lapis Surabaya is a 3 layered cake – Three batter mixes are prepared, two with naturally produced yellow colour, the other mixed with cocoa powder to produce a dark brown colour.

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