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Traveling in Indonesia is not merely about going to beaches, exploring the city and villages or doing water activities like snorkeling, surfing and scuba diving.
Traveling in Indonesia is more like exploring the culture with its local wisdom and of course local cuisines. Indonesia is one of the countries in the world which rich in dishes and local culinary.
Having 33 provinces with thousands of foods where every province has its own specialties are the reason why do you have to taste at least some of them. If you are traveling in Indonesia, here are the best local cuisines that you should try.
Some of the travelers might familiar with this cuisine especially because it was voted by CNN travel magazine as the tastiest food in the world in 2013 and 2014. The food is originally from West Sumatra province where now you can find almost every places in Indonesia.
What the most interesting about this food is that the long hours cooking method. Tha main ingredients like cinnamon, chili, cardamom, garlic, and shallot are cooked for like 4 hours with meat. The key to the food that makes it gravy and soft-textured are using designated coconut mixed with incredible species.
There is two type of rendang, dried rendang and with gravy sauce that you can choose, but all of them are very tasty. Rendang now has become popular in countries like Singapore and Malaysia but there is nothing like trying rendang from its original place, West Sumatra Province with the best and original taste.
Indonesia is also famous for Bakso or savory soup meatball combined with noodle as a garnish with bok choy, tofu, chips fried, and boiled egg. Bakso has become Indonesian national favorite food where you can find almost everywhere especially in Java island with believed where the original Bakso come from.
Bakso has many variations such as chicken, fish, and beef Bakso combined with a various type of noodle-like white or yellow noodles. Bakso is often served with Indonesian sweet tea called “es teh” or tea with ice cubes for your dinner or lunch.
Bakso has become internationally famous because it’s one of a favorite former American president, Barrack Obama when he traveled to Indonesia. If you are traveling in Indonesia, do not forget to try this tasty and savory food especially if you eat when it’s raining because Bakso often served hot.
If you are vegetarian, Gado Gado might be perfect for you, because all of the ingredients and the garnish are mainly vegetables. Yes! Gado-Gado is steamed vegetable such as potato, fried tofu, rice wrapped in banana leaf, tempeh or fermented soy, sprouts, cucumber and spinach served with a peanut sauce and Indonesian friend chips. Gado-Gado is originally from Java island where now can be found in the entire of Indonesia.
Javanesse Gado Gado is actually a little bit sweet because of additional brown sugar that makes this food tasty. But you can choose whether you like to use brown sugar or not.
The best thing to eat Gado-Gado is in the morning where this food can give you positive energy while traveling in Indonesia. You can also make it by yourself at home after leaving Indonesia, but you have to try the original one first.
Indonesia is actually a place for foodie hunter where every province has it’s own culinary. If you want to make traveling in Indonesia, make sure to try these tastiest foods.