Indonesia Food and Drink
The islands of Indonesia offer a variety of cuisines to suit a wide variety of tastes. Food and cooking styles differ between islands and regions but have been greatly influenced by Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese and European involvement throughout the centuries.
Fresh fruit is a staple of the diet found in Indonesia and East Java is known as the “Fruit Bowl”. Coconuts, apples, avocados, mandarins, lemons, bananas, mangos and pineapples are among the favourites and are eaten raw or in desserts, or made into drinks or snacks. Rice is also an important ingredient in many dishes and has been used since around 2,000BC. Indonesia is known worldwide as the “Spice Islands” and the use of many spices has played a big role in shaping the nation’s culinary identity.
Although each island has its own specialties, there are many dishes that are popular across the country. They include:
Ikan pangang: a whole broiled fish is marinated and basted with spices, coconut, chilli, lime and ginger and is usually served with a sauce accompaniment.
Gago-gago: a mixed vegetable and tofu salad that is covered in a peanut sauce dressing.
Satey / Sate: this is a marinated and skewered meat or fish dish that is either grilled or barbecued over a wood or charcoal fire. It is then served with spicy seasonings.
Nasi goreng: this is fried rice that is sometimes served just as an accompaniment or can also be served as a one-pot dish with spice, eggs, vegetables, meat and seafood.
Tea or Teh is a favourite drink amongst Indonesians. Teh manis is a sweet tea that is quite common in most homes. Popular variations include Jasmine and green tea. Coffee or Kopi is also popular with kopi tubruk being a hot, sugary coffee. Wine and other alcoholic beverages are not particularly in demand in Indonesia as it is a predominately Muslim country, however, they are available.
Things to know:
If a service charge has not been applied to a bill then 10% is a standard tip.
Indonesia Travel Information
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