Popular Indonesian dishes

Indonesian cooking with Chillies.

Indonesian national dishes

These are some of Indonesia's favourite dishes that reflect the diversity of the cuisine. Tumpeng was voted Indonesia's top national dish.  The remaining dishes were voted in the top five Indonesian national dishes by the Indonesia  ministry of Tourism and creative economy

Nasi Goreng

Nasi goreng means fried rice in Indonesia. Rice is stir-fried with chicken, eggs, Chillies, garlic and other ingredients like ( but not limited to) bumbu, spring onions, shallots, palm sugar, turmeric and shrimp paste. It is normally eaten for breakfast with rice that has been left over from the previous nights cooking. Indeed, day old rice is preferred, as it far better for stir-frying. Nasi goreng can also be made with pork

Chicken Sate

Chicken satay ( Sate Ayam) is skewered chicken that has been grilled, that is served with a spicy satay sauce made with peanuts, lemongrass , shallots ,  Chillies, coconut milk, limes  and other ingredients. The chicken is typically grilled over a charcoal fire on bamboo skewers after having been marinated in lime juice , Kecap manis ( a sweet soya sauce )  and pepper.


Tumpeng  is a cone-shaped rice dish with meat and vegetables. The cone-shaped rice is placed in the plate's middle. It is then surrounded by meat and vegetables. The accompanying dishes ( among others) may include Urap (vegetables), Ayam Goreng ( fried chicken), Semur ( a beef dish) and Sambal Goreng ( liver in Chilli sauce).

RendangIndonesian Rendang

This dish gives an example of the Indian influence on some Indonesian dishes. Rendang is a curry that is made with chicken or beef. Indian spices like coriander, turmeric and cumin are combined with typical ingredients like coconut milk, lemongrass, shrimp paste, cloves, nutmeg, and other ingredients.

Gado Gado

Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad consisting of blanched vegetables, boiled potato, hard-boiled eggs, fried tofu, tempeh, and rice. It is served with a spicy peanut sauce containing roasted peanuts, ginger and garlic, Chillies, fish sauce, Kecap Manis (sweet soya sauce). ,palm sugar ,  lime juice and kaffir lime leaves. Gado is similar to Rujak Sayur


No Indonesian food would be complete without its Sambals. The Indonesians love for hot and spicy foods is well illustrated in these Chilli sauces and paste; Sambals are made with various ingredients, but Red Chilliesmostly with Chillies. Examples of sambals include Sambal asam (Red and green Chillies ,shrimp paste , sugar, salt, and tamarind juice). ) Sambal Badjak ( Chillies, tomatoes, onions, shrimp paste, lemon juice, garlic and candle nuts), Sambal Buah. (Chillies , shrimp paste, kemang (a type of mango) and pineapple) and Sambal Colo-Colo (Indonesian Kecap Manis, Chillies , tomato , shallots and lime ).

Not only has cooking with Chillies made its mark in Indonesia, it also spread its wings to the Netherlands. The Dutch Rijsttafel is a throwback to the Netherlands colonisation of Indonesia .  It  was the Dutch  way of showcasing many of these dishes at one sitting . A Rijsttafel consists of a selection of as many as forty Indonesian dishes that are served with rice. They  are not traditionally Indonesian. but  rather a Dutch invention. They are now not commonly made in Indonesia, but they are popular in the Netherlands.



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