Whoever wants to travel for the sake of enjoying life’s most delicious dishes and cuisines, I totally recommend coming to Indonesia. I am very thankful to be Indonesian because one thing’s for sure, the food is just amazingly delicious and has a vast variety of taste, color, composition, ingredients, and textures. Since Indonesia is rich with cultures and spices, it’s fun to have a culinary travel around the country. Every place has their own characteristics of cooking. For example the Javanese are famous for cooking sweet dishes such as gudeg, on the other hand the Bataks that are originally from North Sumatera are famous for their hot and spicy food. Manado food is famous for their dishes that are dominated by fish and so on and so forth. I really like Sundanese food because the dishes aren’t too sweet nor not too hot and spicy. Here’s a list of my faves (so far..trust me this list is growing day by day.. 🙂 ) (I think the dishes mentioned below are best mentioned with their original local names so have fun seeing the unique names)
1. Tempe Orek
Tempe is not only delicious, but also very nutritious. Tempe is hard core traditional Indonesian food. The cuisines made of tempe varies. Tempe orek has a sweet taste and a unique spicy taste too.
2. Nasi Uduk (Nasi : rice)
Nasi uduk consists of rice that has a coconut taste usually seasoned with fried onions. The rice is accompanied by fried chicken, fried thin rice noodles, called bihun goreng, fried tempe/tofu, raw vegetables (usually cucumber and very aromatic leaves called kemangi), and a very delicious sauce called sambal. There are a lot of varieties of sambal. The similarity among them all is the basic concept that sambal is hot and spicy. For me, I prefer my nasi uduk with sambal terasi.
3. Ikan Pesmol (ikan:fish)
4. Es Podeng (es:ice)
5. Es Kacang Merah
6. Es Campur
7. Bolu Kukus
9. Nasi Kuning
13. Gurame Asam Manis (asam manis:sweet and sour)
14. Ayam Bakar
15. Ayam Goreng Keremes
(I can’t finish explaining so I’ll continue later..toodles!)