My favourite thing about travelling is eating. Well… my favourite thing about anything is eating. I’m one of those people who can plan my life around restaurant reviews, and who gets a little more than cranky when I start to get hungry.
When travelling, I find that good food experiences can be some of my most memorable travel experiences, and there is nothing better than discovering new foods with family and friends. So what were my favourite food discoveries from Indonesia?
My culinary tour around Indonesia was a little bit limited. A lot of time we were spending in small towns, or at our hotel which was located outside the city centre. We found that these hotel restaurants and small town food stalls had extremely limited menus. Noodles for three meals a day? Good thing I like noodles. But despite those limitations, we still got to have some pretty good food experiences.
Satay is incredibly popular in Indonesia. These meat skewers are cooked over extremely hot coals and slathered in peanut sauce. The most common satay you will find is chicken satay. Satay skewers were Jacobs (our two year old) favourite food in Indonesia. Flavourful, filling, but not spicy. Satay is the perfect appetizer or snack, especially if you are not a huge fan of spice.
I’m not a big fan of meatballs, but this meatball and noodle soup is right up Dan’s alley. I have a weird aversion to the meats of more than one animal being mashed up and combined together, so I normally stay away from this type of dish, but this soup is incredibly popular among students. This is your typical Indonesian street food with the soup consisting of meatballs, noodles, shallots, and boiled egg.
This is pretty much Indonesia’s national dish, and you probably won’t be able to visit the country without eating it at least once. This fried rice dish is smothered in a sweet and thick soy sauce and garnished with meat and veggies.
Sop Buntut is otherwise known as Oxtail Soup. Oxtail soup is made with slices of fried oxtail in a clear soup broth with various vegetables, such as boiled potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, leek, celery, and fried shallots. Oxtail soup is gaining popularity very quickly in Indonesia.
You can’t legally graduate from university without living off of Mie Goreng for at least part (if not all) of your studies. These instant noodles loved by the young and the broke across the world come from Indonesia. This spicy fried noodle dish is often served with egg or chicken and is garnished with vegetables. When we were staying in some of the smaller towns, Mie Goreng was our only option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can’t leave Indonesia without eating at least one (or twenty) plates of these popular noodles.