Indonesia has been famous for being a land of spices and herbs. This leads to diversity of foods in Indonesia that often makes people have the urge to taste. The local foods are cheap and taste good. Trying out various street foods are a must-try activity when it comes to travelling especially when your travel destination is Indonesia.
The street local foods focus on using local ingredients with traditional cooking style. It is not hard to find street foods from different regions in Indonesia. You don’t have to go to a certain region just to try the local street foods. Even if you are only visiting capital city, Jakarta, you can find various street foods from different regions. Here are street foods you must try when travelling to Indonesia:
- The first street food made of local ingredients and traditional cooking style is Kerak Telor. This is a street food belongs to the Betawi culture, an ethnic group live in Jakarta. Kerak telor can be translated as egg crust. It is made of sticky rice, fried shallots, grated coconut, shrimp, pepper and salt. All the ingredients are mixed with chicken or duck egg. It is cooked over charcoal. It is served on top of paper while still hot.
- Next street food you should try is Nasi Gila or can be translated as Crazy Rice. It is a meal made of chicken, sausage, lamb, meatballs, and vegetables ladled over white rice. It is garnished with kripik or chips. This dish is called Gila or Crazy due to the mixture of various ingredients as well as the spiciness. Indonesian people tend to love spicy foods and this street food is one of their favorite dishes that can be found easily.
- Gado-gado is similar to salad. This can be found on the street vendors especially in Jakarta. However, Gado-gado has crossed over into different places throughout the region. This is suitable for vegetarians who want to try street foods without tasting too much protein from meat. This street food is made of a mixture of fresh and blanched vegetables, tempe (soybean cake), tofu, bathed in sauce made of peanut. You can add hard boiled eggs or fried onions and kripik or chips.
- Bakso or meatball soup is another street food you cannot miss when travelling in Indonesia this is one of the most popular street food you can find literally everywhere throughout the region. You can even order this dish in high-end restaurant. This dish is made of minced beef along with other ingredients and often garnished with vegetables, noodles, or rice noodles. This is the President’s favorite street food.
- Nasi Uduk or coconut rice is a must try Indonesia street food made of rice infused with coconut milk, water, lemongrass, clove, and other spices. The taste is savory and creamy. It is served along with tempeh (soybean cake), grilled chicken, anchovies, and sambal. This is quite similar to Nasi Lemak Malaysia but has different ingredients in some points.