Traditional Dishes


Pempek

Plate of various types of pempek.

Plate of various types of pempek. This plate of pempek was served at C’s Birthday Party.

Pempek is a very moist and doughy “fishcake,” which is made from ground fish, water, salt, and tapioca. The dough is boiled in hot water or steamed until hardened, then stored to be fried just before serving. As seen in the picture at the right, pempek can be made into a variety of shapes and sizes, similar to how pasta can be formed into a variety of shapes.

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Tradition of Chinese Noodles

Plate of Chinese noodles, mixed with an assortment of vegetables and spices.

Plate of Chinese noodles, mixed with an assortment of vegetables and spices.

With the large population of Chinese in Indonesia, it’s impossible not to become familiar with many of their customs.

One unique custom has to do with Chinese noodles. On a person’s birthday they are to eat some of these noodles, with the noodles retaining their full length (not to be cut). According to their tradition, eating long noodles will ensure them a long life.

Ayam Goreng

(fried chicken)

Friend chicken in Indonesia will be a whole chicken chopped up into small pieces, feet and all.

Fried chicken in Indonesia consists of a whole chicken chopped up into small pieces, feet and all.

Traditionally, Indonesians don’t cut their chickens up like what is customary in the USA. They typically take a cleaver and cut the chicken up into small pieces, like what is reflected in the picture at the right. The pieces are then thrown into a wok and fried in deep oil.

There are restaurants in Indonesia that will cut the chicken up into legs, thighs, breasts, etc., but these are usually the restaurants like Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).

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Ikan Goreng

(Fried Fish)

Fried fish smothered in sweet and sour sauce, and an assortment of chopped vegetables.

Fried fish smothered in sweet and sour sauce and an assortment of chopped vegetables.

The fish on the right is the best fish we have ever tasted.

It consists of a ikan gurami fish, smothered in sweet and sour sauce and covered with a variety of vegetables and spices….

DELICIOUS!

Possibly the Most Famous Indonesian Dish

“Nasi Goreng”

Nasi Goreng Sapi(Fried Rice with Beef)

Nasi Goreng Sapi
(Fried Rice with Beef)

Nasi Goreng (fried rice) is probably the most famous Indonesian dish. This dish is prepared in a wide assortments of ways. We regularly order this traditional dish when we go to restaurants.

Click this link to see the most common varieties of nasi goreng.

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Sate Ayam

(Chicken Shis Kabob)

Sate Ayam with Lontong
(As Served at the Jambi Restaurant, Dine & Chat)

Sate Ayam is a famous Indonesian dish (Indonesian Cuisine) that simply has roasted chicken on skewers (shish kabob) and is frequently served with lontong (compressed rice served in bite-sized pieces).

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 Siomay (dumplings)

Siomay

The picture at the right reflects an extremely common Indonesian cuisine named siomay. It’s commonly seen being sold by street vendors who sell food from handcarts. We visited a small restaurant and sampled this dish and this is our report on it:

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