Top ten Indonesian dishes you must try

Ten Indonesian dishes

Top ten Indonesian dishes you must try

Are you a traveler? Are you a kitchen lover? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” then you must visit Indonesia. Indonesia is a beautiful country with many good landscapes but it is also heaven for lovers of good food. In this article I am going to focus on the culinary aspect, don’t worry I will come back another time to talk about some of the many beautiful places in Indonesia.

If you plan to travel to Indonesia or you are already there and you don’t know what to eat, in this article I will show you the 10 best typical Indonesian dishes.


Gorengan is a very popular fried snack in Indonesia. There are many types of gorengan, such as tempe Goreng (fried tempeh), tahu is (stuffed tofu), Pisang Goreng (fried banana), bakwan (fried vegetable fritters), Ubi Goreng (fried sweet potato), and many more.

You will find Korean sellers very easily, they usually put their stalls in crowded places, near schools and universities, near crossroads and intersections, or near gas stations. You will find them literally everywhere.

Rujak Buah

Top Indonesian dishes

Rujak is a fruit salad consisting of mixed fruit topped with peanut sauce. You can also find the sauce separately so you can dip the fruit in it.

It usually carries more than three different fruits such as mango, papaya, yam, pineapple, rose apple, or Pacific plum. Depending on the season in which you eat Rujak, the fruit that you put in the salad will change because there are some that are not available all year round.


Gado-Gado (vegetable salad with peanut sauce) is Indonesia’s version of the traditional salad. Vegetables such as cabbage, bean sprouts, long beans, and potatoes are used in Gado-Gado. We also add egg and lettuce.

Once all the vegetables are ready, pour peanut sauce on top. It is served with some krupuk (Indonesian salty crackers). If you like salty food you will like the Gado-Gado.

Nasi Kuning

Nasi Kuning or yellow rice is a very famous breakfast here and it is yellow because it contains turmeric.

It’s made with coconut milk, that’s why it’s so tasty, and it can be served with many things such as tempeh chips, omelets, noodles, potatoes, and cucumber patties. Once you try it you will not get tired of eating it.

This dish is usually served in the form of a cone and is placed in the middle of the plate surrounded by the garnish.


Bakso is meatballs and it is a food that Indonesians like very much. The most popular dish is Bakso Malang. Malang is a city in East Java, but you don’t have to go there to know how delicious bakso is. You can find Bakso Malang in any city in Indonesia.

In general, bakso is served with beef broth, tofu, fried and unfried dumplings, noodles, and hard-boiled eggs. If you wish you can also add soy sauce, sambal, and vinegar. It is impossible to deny that it is delicious.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi goreng ( fried rice) is the simplest food you can find in Indonesia and is mostly eaten for dinner.

There are many types of nasi goreng such as chicken, seafood, fish, and shrimp among others. If you are not sure, you can choose the level of spice of your nasi goreng.

Terang Bulan/Martabak Manis

Terang Bulan or martabak manis is a street food that is usually eaten at night. Terang Bulan or sweet pancakes are made with flour, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and a little butter.

Terang Bulan can be topped with many kinds of toppings such as peanut, chocolate, cheese, Oreo cookies, Toblerone, Nutella, and many more. If you have a sweet palate you have to try the Terang Bulan.


Rawon is minced beef inside black sauce soup. The place of origin of this dish is Surabaya, in East Java. The color of the broth is black and it has a slightly sweet taste. The black color is caused by the Kluwak (black walnut). The flavor of the Rawon will vary according to the quality of the kluwak, the higher the quality of the nut, the tastier the dish will be.

In Indonesia, many spices are used when cooking, which is also the case with Rawon.


Sate is satay and is one of the best Indonesian dishes. For Satay, minced chicken or lamb meat is used. After marinating with hot spices, the satay is ready for grilling. Once it is ready, pour peanut sauce on top and serve. If you try it you will want to repeat it.

The price, as always, is quite cheap and can be found from 12,000 to 30,000.


Rendang is meat (usually beef) cooked with coconut milk and spices. It is a dish originating from Padang in West Sumatra. Rendang is the most popular and internationally accepted Indonesian food.

It is not easy to make, it requires a lot of spices and cooking time. It is served in restaurants called “Rumah Makan Padang” or “Rumah Makan padang”. The restaurants that sell it always have the same name. In these restaurants, not only sell rendang, but you can also order whatever you want.

When you come to a restaurant (a big one), the owner leaves you a bunch of side dishes on the table so you can help yourself to whatever you want, and then you just have to order the main course you want to eat. If you ever eat in a Rumah Makan Padang then you will know the kind of taste of Indonesian dishes in general.