7 Most Delicious Dishes You Must Try When You Visit Indonesia

Indonesia is a home to hundreds of different cuisine. Each area of the country has its own traditional dishes, most of them are undeniably delicious. Basically, Indonesian dishes are savory and thick. In case you do not know, Indonesian dishes were so influenced by Chinese, Arabian, and Indian food. If you are familiar with the food from those places I just mentioned, you may find a slight similarity when you try Indonesian food.

If you are a newbie and have no idea what’s Indonesian food tastes like nor have you ever tasted the food from the three countries, then you’d better try it for yourself. If you are into Asian food, I promise you will love it. I have selected 7 most delicious Indonesian food that you foreigners should definitely try it once you visit the country. Are you ready? Let’s get to it.

1. Nasi Padang

nasi padang indonesiaNasi Padang is considered the most favorable dish in Indonesia. Padang refers to the name of a local area of West Sumatra. However, when you mention the name it is most likely people will refer to “Nasi Padang” or “Masakan Padang”. In Jakarta, Nasi Padang can easily be found either at a small restaurant or a big one.


Basically, it is a selection of dishes with a thick and savory flavor. Most of the ingredient use the coconut milk and herbs. The most popular dish of Nasi Padang is rendang. For your information, rendang is noticed as the most delicious food in the world. Make sure when you visit Indonesia, you do not miss out this one!

2. Nasi Goreng

most delicious food nasi goreng indonesiaThe second Indonesian dish you should definitely try when you visit Indonesia is Nasi Goreng. Nasi Goreng—called Fried Rice in English—is influenced by Chinese cuisine. It was brought by the Chinese immigrants when they first immigrated to the country. Nasi Goreng can be found anywhere in Indonesia because it has become one of the Indonesia national dishes where everyone knows how to make it.

There are no significant rules of making Nasi Goreng, everyone makes their own version. However, the most common Nasi Goreng you can find is Nasi Goreng Seafood, Nasi Goreng Special, and Nasi Goreng Kambing. All the variations depend on what you put into it.

3. Gado-Gado

makanan khas indonesia gado-gadoIn English, they call Gado-Gado vegetable salad with peanut sauce. Such a long name for Indonesians to pronounce. Anyways, what’s in Gado-Gado are rice cakes mixed with boiled vegetables including sprouts, cucumber, morning glory, spinach, long bean, and so on with peanut sauce on top of them. The taste is the best in the world, especially when you love peanut sauce!

4. Bakso

yummy indonesian food baksoBakso is considered as a national food of Indonesia as most areas have their own version of Bakso. Bakso or meatballs is also one of the most favorite food in Indonesia. You can easily find it anywhere and you can have it for your lunch or dinner. It is made of beef mixed with flour. In a bowl of Bakso, you can find bakso (the meatballs), vegetables like sprouts and mustard greens, and vermicelli. The best time to east Bakso is in the rainy season. It helps to warm your body when you get cold.

5. Soto

indonesian food sotoThere are many versions of Soto, depending on the areas and what’s in it. All of them are equally delicious even though the taste may differ. If you happen to visit Jakarta, you will find almost all the versions, including Soto Betawi, Soto Lamongan, Soto Kudus, Soto Padang, Soto Ngawi, Soto Banjar, Soto Mie Bogor, Soto Makassar, and many more. My best advice, if you want to try many kinds of Soto, I suggest you visit Jakarta. But if you want to experience the most authentic taste of it, visit the local area.

6. Sate Ayam

indonesian food satay sate ayamChicken satay or Sate Ayam is also the most delicious dish you should definitely try when you visit Indonesia. Sate Ayam can easily be found anywhere in Indonesia, it seems like everyone knows how to make it. Chicken satay is skewered and grilled, then served with peanut sauce. The local people usually eat it either with rice or cake rice. Both ways are equally delicious. You really must try it!

7. Mie Goreng

best food mie gorengThe last on the list is Mie Goreng or fried noodles. It is basically a simple dish, I can say everyone can make their own Mie Goreng. But if you want to make it more special, you can put seafood, meatballs, and vegetables into it so that it does not look too plain. Mie Goreng is also one of the most favorable and delicious dishes in Indonesia that I suggest you try it.



Well, those are the top 7 of Indonesian delicious dishes that I highly suggest you try. There is a lot more delicious food you can actually find once you visit Indonesia. I guarantee you will not disappoint once you try them. Instead, you probably want more!

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