Here's What Makes Indonesia the Perfect Destination for Foodies
It's one of the best culinary stops in the world.
(SPOT.ph) You don’t have to explore all of Indonesia’s 18,108 islands to get to know the country—you can do so simply by sampling its delicious cuisine! And there's probably no better place to start than in Jakarta.
Indonesian fare is known for intense flavors, and is considered no-nonsense Asian food. Indonesian food is influenced by Arab, Chinese, Dutch, English, Indian, Portuguese, and Spanish culinary traditions, and is traditionally served with sambal, Indonesia’s national chili-based condiment.
Among Indonesia's must-try dishes is Nasi Goreng, the country's national dish. It's fried rice flavored with kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), ground shrimp paste, tamarind, and other spices. Eggs, chicken, and prawns are also popular add-ons . Then, there's bakso, a savory meatball noodle soup. Fun fact: former U.S. President Barack Obama, who spend his early elementary school years there, cited it as one of his favorites when he visited Jakarta. Of course, you can’t visit Indonesia without having satay, which is any type of meat marinated in turmeric, barbecued, and then drenched in tasty peanut sauce.
But the best way to enjoy these Indonesian favorites is to actually go there and try the real thing! Just picture yourself sampling them in the cities of Jakarta, Bandung, and Yogyakarta—all of which have vibrant food scenes that are unique to their locale. In Jakarta, food spots such as Bandar Djakarta (prime seafood), Harum Manis (hearty Indonesian food), Ikan Bakar Cianjur (Sudanese treats), and Dapur Babah (Dutch dishes) are frequented because of their reputation among foodies. These are just some of the places for a taste of authentic, classic Indonesian food.
In Bandung, restaurants such as Mie Rica Kejaksaan (noodles), Surabi Enhaii (pancakes), and Batagor Kingsley (fried food with fish paste), and Yoghurt Cisangkuy (yogurt drinks and pudding) are great for a light meal for travelers on the go. Yogyakarta also has its own popular food spots such as Mediterranea (Mediterranean food), K’Meals (French-inspired creations), and Milas (vegetarian).
If you have a craving for Indonesian dishes, you can easily plan a food trip to our ASEAN neighbor. For just P1,790, you can book an all-in one-way ticket with AirAsia to Jakarta, and get connected to Bandung or Yogyakarta. Booking period is from April 23 to May 6, and travel period is from April 23 to October 7.