Indonesia is a country that is rich with tradition and history. Likewise, Indonsiean food and cuisine is defined by its culture and history. Different Indonesian recipes have different stories to tell depending on which region of Indonesia it originated from and if it was influenced by flavour profiles from other countries in the region, be it Thailand, China or Malaysia.
The spices, herbs and ingredients used in Indonesian cooking gives the cuisine a refreshing and unique identity of its own in the Southeast Asian region. Fried and mixed rice dishes such as ‘Nasi Goreng’ and ‘Nasi Padang’ are special to Indonesian cuisine, but the region is not without its fair share of savoury meat curries and traditional desserts either.
Indonesian Food And Culture
The flavour profiles of Indonesian food can vary region to region. Take the ‘Sate Sambas’ for instance - there are over 30 different recipes across Indonesia, with each recipe adapted to represent the local flavors and taste profiles. Depending on where you get these sticky sweet meat skewers from, you may experience a variation in ingredients used, from coconut milk to spice-based curry mixes.
Travelling in Indonesia? Our handy guides will give you all the information you need to sample the diverse flavors of Indonesian cuisine. If you find yourself in Padang, Medan or Bandung, be sure to try these amazing dishes that are iconic of Indonesian cuisine there:
- Late Night Guide to Padang
- Late Night Guide to Medan
- Late Night Guide to Bandung
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From the ever popular ‘Nasi Goreng’ to savoury meat dishes like the ‘Soto Ayam’ and classic ‘Ayam Penyet’ Indonesian cuisine will surprise you with its range and diversity in dishes. Instead of going out for dinner, why not try making some of these Indonesian recipes right at home?
Complete with photos, a video and step-by-step guide, the Asian Food Network has a collection of recipes that are perfect for satisfying that craving for Indonesian food.
Whet your appetite with our Indonesian recipes - easy to follow, simple yet authentic.
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