List of Indonesian dishes

Tumpeng nasi kuning, the cone shaped yellow rice surrounded by assorted Indonesian dishes.

This is a list of selected dishes found in Indonesian cuisine.

Main dishesEdit

Name Image Origin/Popularity Type Description
Arsika   Batak cuisine, North Sumatra Spicy fish Mandailing-style spiced carp with torch ginger and andaliman.[1]
Ayam bakar   Nationwide Grilled chicken Charcoal-grilled spiced chicken.[2]
Ayam bumbu rujak   Javanese Chicken meal Grilled or stir-fried chicken served with a spicy-sweet Rujak sauce.
Ayam geprek   Javanese Fried Chicken Crispy battered fried chicken crushed and mixed with hot and spicy sambal.
Ayam goreng   Nationwide Fried chicken Spiced chicken fried in coconut oil.[3]
Ayam kalasan   Kalasan, Yogyakarta Fried Chicken Fried free-range chicken with kremes (crispy fried granules).
Ayam kecap   Java Chicken Chicken simmered or braised in sweet soy sauce.
Ayam penyet   Javanese Fried Chicken Fried chicken dish consisting of fried chicken that is smashed with the pestle against mortar to make it softer, served with sambal, slices of cucumbers, fried tofu and tempeh.
Ayam percik   Malay Grilled chicken Grilled chicken with a spicy, curry-like sauce.
Ayam taliwang   Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Roasted chicken Grilled or fried chicken with a sambal sauce.
Ayam tandori   Indonesian Indian Roasted chicken Roasted chicken marinated in yoghurt and spices in a tandoor.
Babi guling   Bali and Minahasa Roasted meat Balinese cuisine-style roast pork; comparable to Hawaiian luau-style pig. In Minahasa, North Sulawesi it is called Babi Putar
Babi kecap   Indonesian Chinese, nationwide in Chinatowns Braised meat Braised pork with sweet soy sauce (kecap manis).[4]
Babi panggang   Batak highlands Roasted pork Pork roasted in light spices and chopped, usually served with Batak style sambal and sayur daun singkong (cassava leaf vegetables)
Bak kut teh   Riau Pork soup A pork rib dish cooked in broth.
Bakso   Indonesian Chinese, nationwide Noodle dish Beef meatballs. Usually served in a bowl of beef broth, with yellow noodles, bihun (rice vermicelli), vegetables, tofu, egg (wrapped within bakso, Chinese green cabbage, bean sprout, sprinkled with fried shallots and celery.
Bakso ikan   Nationwide Meat Small balls that were made from fish.
Bakmi   Java, nationwide Noodle dish Bakmi is normally boiled for serving. When bakmi is intended for use in soup, it is usually boiled separately from the broth. The noodles are usually mixed with either pork fat, chicken fat or beef fat.
Bakmi jawa   Javanese Noodle dish A traditional Javanese-style noodle.
Bakwan Malang   Malang, East Java And Bali Noodle dish Also known as Bakso Malang, meatball noodle soup with fried wontons.
Balungan Javanese Meat soup A type of bakso that adds ‘’balungan’’ (bone) in portions.
Bandeng presto   Javanese Seafood A pressure cooked milkfish that soften the finer fish bones. The pressure cooking also help the spices to seep into the flesh of milkfish perfectly.
Bebek goreng   Nationwide Fried duck Traditional seasoned fried duck, served with sambal hot and spicy chili paste.
Betutu   Bali and Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Roasted poultry Poultry or duck filled with spicy seasonings, roasted usually for at least 8 hours.
Bistik jawa Javanese Beef dish Javanese beef steak, a European-influenced dish.
Botok   Java Made from shredded coconut flesh which has been squeezed of its coconut milk, often mix with other ingredients such as vegetables or fish, and wrapped in banana leaf and steamed.
Bubur asyura Sumatra and Java Porridge Type of porridge made from grains.
Bubur ayam   Java Rice porridge (congee) with chicken Rice porridge served with soy sauce, spices, fried shallots, shredded chicken meat, beans, cakwee, krupuk, and sambal.
Bubur tinutuan   Manado, North Sulawesi Rice porridge (congee) with vegetables and salted fish Rice porridge served with spices, corn, vegetables, cassava or sweet potato, shallots, shredded salted fish, leek, and sambal.
Bubur pedas Kalimantan Porridge Type of porridge made from finely ground sauteed rice and grated coconut. It is popular during Ramadan.
Burgo   Palembang, Southern Sumatra Pancake folded rice pancake served in savoury whitish coconut milk-based soup.
Cakalang fufu   Manado, North Sulawesi Grilled smoked fish Grilled smoked tuna skipjack fish skewered with bamboo.
Cap cai   Chinese Indonesian Stir fried vegetable Stir fried of ten types of vegetables dish. There are two types of Cap Cai, Red and White. Red uses Indonesian Tomato Sauce or Ketchup to give it a distinct sweet flavour, while the white one has nothing added to it.
Chapati   Indian Indonesian Flatbread A thin, unleavened flatbread originating from India, brought by the Indian immigrant to the country.
Char kway teow   Chinese Indonesian Noodle dish This dish commonly stir-fried with egg, slices of sausages, fishcake, beansprouts, and less commonly with other ingredients.
Char siu   Chinese Indonesian Roasted meat A type of roasted meat.
Cwie mie Malang, East Java Noodle dish A Chinese-influenced noodle dish, containing boiled and seasoned noodles, topped with pre-cooked minced meat (usually pork or chicken) and boiled wonton.
Daun ubi tumbuk   Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi Vegetarian dish Pounded cassava leaf in spices.
Empal gentong   Cirebon, West Java Meat soup Mutton or goat offal soup.
Empal gepuk   West Java Meat Beef shank smashed until soft then soaked in coconut milk. It is then fried when made to order.
Feijoada   Timorese Meat soup A Timorese beens soup with beef and pork, influenced by Portuguese cuisine.
Fuyunghai   Indonesian Chinese Egg dish An omelette which is usually made from the mixture of vegetables such as carrots, bean sprouts, and cabbages, mixed with meats such as crab meat, shrimp, or minced chicken. The dish is served in sweet and sour sauce with peas.
Gado-gado   Java Vegetarian food A mixture of vegetables, shrimp or fish crackers with peanut sauce. Often dubbed the Indonesian salad.
Garang asem   Javanese Chicken meal Chicken dish cooked using banana leaves and dominated by sour and spicy flavor.
Gudeg   Yogyakarta, Central Java Vegetable and meat in coconut milk sauce Unripe jackfruit boiled for hours in palm sugar and coconut milk, added with spices for its sweet flavour and brown colour. Served with rice, boiled egg, chicken, and sambal krechek.
Gulai   Nationwide Meat or vegetable soup Indonesian curry characterised with yellow colour from turmeric and coconut milk.
Ifu mie   Nationwide Noodle dish It is crispy deep fried thick noodle dish served in a thick savoury sauce with pieces of meat or seafood and vegetables.
Iga penyet   Java Fried ribs Fried presed beef spare ribs with chili shrimp sauce (sambal terasi).[5]
Ikan asin   Nationwide Salted dried fish Salted and sun-dried fishes of various species. It is often served accompanied with steamed rice and sambal chili paste.
Ikan bakar   Nationwide Grilled fish Charcoal-grilled spiced fish/seafood.[6]
Ikan goreng   Nationwide Fried fish Spiced fish/seafood deep fried in coconut oil
Karedok   West Java Vegetarian food Raw vegetables served with peanut sauce. An equivalent to Jakarta's Gado-Gado (It's close to East Java pecel, but karedok uses raw vegetables).
Ketupat   Nationwide Rice dish It is made from rice packed inside a diamond-shaped container of woven palm leaf pouch.
Kari ayam   Nationwide Curry dish A type of curry dish cooked using chicken and spices.
Kari kambing   Sumatra Curry dish A type of curry dish cooked using lamb or mutton.
Kari kepala ikan   Malay Curry dish A type of curry dish cooked using head of a red snapper, influenced by Indian and Peranakan cuisine.
Kepiting saus padang   Nationwide, Minangkabau Seafood Crab served in hot and spicy Padang sauce.
Kepiting saus tiram   Indonesian Chinese Seafood Crab served in savoury oyster sauce, garlic, ginger, and scallion.
Ketoprak   Jakarta Vegetarian food Similar to gado-gado but is served with bihun(rice vermiceli) and salty, hence the whole dish is sometimes called "Bakmi Ketoprak"/Ketoprak noodle).
Ketupat sayur   Betawi, Jakarta, also Padang West Sumatra Chicken or meat soup with rice cake Pressed rice cake served with chicken or meat soup in coconut milk, chayote, jackfruit, and kerupuk.
Krechek   Java cow skin spicy stew Chili sauce made from krupuk kulit (skin cracker), potato, and soy beans.
Krengsengan Java Meat dish (usually Mutton) Mutton sautee with sweet soy sauce aka kecap manis and petis udang, the Indonesian translation for (Black Shrimp Paste).
Kuluban Java Vegetarian food Javanese traditional salad.
Kwetiau ayam   Indonesian Chinese Noodle dish Flat noodle with chicken, sometimes served with pangsi (wonton) and bakso (meatball) soup.
Kwetiau goreng   Indonesian Chinese Noodle dish Stir fried flat noodle, similar to char kway teow.
Kwetiau siram sapi   Indonesian Chinese Noodle dish A dish of flat rice noodles stir-fried and topped with slices of beef or sometimes beef offal, served either dry or with soup.
Laksa banjar   Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan Spicy noodle dish Steamed noodle-like balls, made from rice flour paste, served in thick yellowish soup made from coconut milk, ground spices and snakehead fish broth.
Laksa bogor   Bogor Spicy noodle dish The popular one in Indonesia is Laksa Bogor that contains rice vermicelli, beansprouts, and oncom.
Laksa jakarta   Jakarta Spicy noodle dish Jakarta laksa contains rice vermicelli, beansprouts, and dried shrimp broth soup.
Lakso   Palembang, South Sumatra Noodle dish A spicy noodle dish served in savoury yellowish coconut milk-based soup, flavoured with fish, and sprinkled with fried shallots.
Lalap   Sundanese and Javanese Vegetarian food It is a raw vegetable salad served with sambal terasi.
Lawar   Bali Vegetable and meat dish A traditional Balinese cuisine dish served with rice and other dishes. It consists of shredded unripe jackfruit, young banana flower, a liberal amount of pork rind bits, raw pig blood. These are mashed with a plethora of herbs such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, and garlic.
Lontong cap go meh   Jakarta, Indonesian Chinese Pressed rice cake served with soup Lontong (pressed rice cake) served in soup, chicken, egg and meat, especially served on the fifteenth day of the first month of each Chinese year/Cap Go Meh.
Lontong sayur   Betawi, Jakarta Lontong rice cake with egg, tofu and vegetable in coconut milk-based soup Pressed rice cake served with egg and tofu in coconut milk, common beans, chayote, jackfruit, and kerupuk.
Mie aceh   Aceh Noodle dish Acehnese Curry noodles. There are two variations: fried and dry, and soupy. Usually made with goat meat or seafood and served with emping, slices of shallots, cucumber, and lime.
Mie ayam   Indonesian Chinese Noodle dish Chicken noodle dish. Also known as Cui Mie. Usually served with spring onions, fried wontons and chicken soup.
Mie cakalang   Manado, North Sulawesi Noodle dish Skipjack tuna noodle soup.
Mie caluk Aceh Noodle dish It is a noodle dish served with a splash of thick spicy sauce made from a mixture of tomato, chili pepper or chili sauce, coconut milk, ground peanuts, spiced with shallot, garlic, lemongrass and citrus leaf, and served with pieces of vegetables, sliced cucumber and krupuk.
Mie celor   Palembang, South Sumatra Noodle dish A noodle and egg dish. With beansprout and fried shallots. The white sauce is made with mixture of "ebi" or dried shrimp that gaves unique taste.
Mie goreng   Indonesian Chinese Noodle dish (Fried Noodles) served with eggs, sometimes chicken, beef or seafood, with assorted vegetables such as thinly sliced carrots, (bok choi) or Chinese cabbage.
Mie kangkung   Jakarta Noodle dish Noodle served with kangkung (water spinach), and sweet chicken.
Mie kering Makassarese and Indonesian Chinese Noodle dish Dried noodle served with thick gravy and sliced chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, liver, and squid.
Mie kocok   Bandung, West Java Noodle dish Noodle in beef broth served with cow's tendons or cartilage.
Mie koclok   Cirebon, West Java Noodle dish Noodle in white-coloured extra-thick soup, made of chicken broth and coconut milk and shredded chicken breast
Mi ongklok   Wonosobo, Central Java Noodle dish A boiled noodles were made using cabbage, chunks of chopped leaves, and starchy thick soup called ‘’loh’’. Usually served with satay and tempeh.
Mi pangsit Javanese, Indonesian Chinese Noodle dish Noodle served with pangsit.
Mie rebus   Indonesian Chinese and Javanese Noodle dish Boiled noodle soup.
Mun tahu   Indonesian Chinese Tofu dish Soft tofu with minced chicken and shrimp braised in savoury sauce.
Naan   Indonesian Indian Flatbread A leavened, oven-baked flatbread. It is usually eaten with an array of sauces such as chutney and curries.
Nasi ayam Semarang, Central Java Rice and meat dish A dish composed of rice, chicken, egg, tofu, and served with a sweet-salty coconut milk gravy.
Nasi bebek Indonesian Chinese Rice and meat dish Made of either braised or roasted duck and plain white rice.
Nasi biryani   Indonesian Indian Rice dish This dish almost equal with nasi kebuli.
Nasi bogana   Tegal, Central Java Rice dish A steamed rice dish wrapped in banana leaves and served with a variety of side dishes.
Nasi campur (nasi rames)   Nationwide Rice dish (Mixed Rice) rice with assorted vegetables and meat of choice.
Nasi goreng   Nationwide Rice dish (Fried Rice) steamed rice stir-fried with eggs, meatballs, chicken/beef/shrimp, assorted vegetables. The rice is made brown with thick and sweet soy sauce (kecap manis).[7]
Nasi goreng pattaya   Malay Rice dish A type of nasi goreng that made by covering or wrapping chicken fried rice, in fried egg. It is often served with chili sauce and cucumber.
Nasi gurih Aceh Rice dish Made by cooking mixture of rice and sticky rice soaked in coconut milk instead of water, along with salt, lemongrass, Indian bay leaf, and pandan leaves to add aroma.
Nasi kabsah   Arab Indonesian Rice dish Mixed rice dish that originating from Arabia.
Nasi kebuli   Betawi and Indonesian Arab Rice dish Steamed rice dish cooked in goat broth, milk, and ghee. Usually served during Mawlid.
Nasi kuning   Nationwide Rice dish Usually eaten during special event. The rice is cooked with coconut milk and turmeric, hence the name nasi kuning (yellow rice). It is usually served with more variety of side dishes than nasi campur.
Nasi lemak   North Sumatra, Riau, nationwide Rice dish It is a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. Usually served for breakfast.
Nasi liwet   Solo, Central Java Rice dish Usually rice processed with coconut milk and served with chicken, egg, and spicy broth.
Nasi mandi   Indonesian Arab Rice dish Usually made from rice, meat (lamb, camel, goat or chicken), and a mixture of spices.
Nasi minyak   Indonesian Arab, also in South Sumatra and Jambi Rice dish A cooked rice with ghee and spices.
Nasi padang   Padang, Western Sumatra, nationwide Rice dish This term usually means rice with a variety of dishes common in the specific region, cooked in coconut milk and a taste of chili.
Nasi pecel   Java Vegetarian food Rice served with cooked vegetables and peanut sauce. The vegetables are usually kangkung or water spinach, long beans, cassava leaves, papaya leaves, and in East Java often used kembang turi. Taste best when eaten with fried tempeh, traditional cracker, and spiced coconut flakes. Popular in East and Central Java.
Nasi tim   Indonesian Chinese Rice dish Steamed rice usually served with chicken and mushroom cooked in sweet soy sauce. Served with ginger
Nasi timbel   Sundanese Rice dish A hot dish consisting of steamed rice wrapped inside a banana leaf.
Nasi uduk   Betawi, Jakarta Rice dish Steamed rice cooked with coconut milk. It is usually served with variety of vegetables and meat of choice. It is similar to Nasi Rames, but the rice is steamed. A similar dish found in Malaysia or Singapore is called Nasi Lemak.
Nasi ulam   Jakarta Rice dish Steamed rice mixed with kuah semur (sweet soy sauce soup), serundeng (coconut granules) and peanut granules, sliced cucumber and bean sprouts; served with variety of vegetables and meat of choice toppings, such as dendeng daging (beef jerky), omelette, anchovy, fried tempeh and tofu, rice vermicelli, fried mashed potato. It is similar to Nasi Uduk and Nasi Rames, but the rice is mixed.
Oncom   West Java Fermented food Fermented beans using Neurospora intermedia mould.
Opor ayam   Nationwide Meat soup Chicken cooked in coconut milk. Traditionally consumed with ketupat during the Idul Fitri celebration in many parts of Indonesia.
Pallubasa   Makassar Meat soup Spicy beef offal soup
Paniki   North Sulawesi Roasted meat, exotic food Bat cooked in Minahasan style.
Papeda   Maluku and Papua Congee Sago congee, the staple food of Eastern Indonesia.
Pecel lele   East Java, also nationwide Fried fish Fried catfish with sambal.
Pempek   Palembang, Southern Sumatra, also nationwide Fried fishcake Fried fishcake in sweet, sour, and spicy vinegar sauce.
Pepes   West Java, also nationwide Cooked food in banana-leaf Fish, meat, tofu, oncom, anchovy, mushroom or any other ingredients cooked inside a banana-leaf package.
Perkedel   Nationwide Fried dish Made of ground potatoes, minced meat, peeled and ground corn or tofu, or minced fish. Most common perkedel are made from mashed potatoes, yet there are other popular variants which includes perkedel jagung.
Perkedel jagung   Nationwide Fried dish corn fritters.
Plecing kangkung   Lombok Spicy vegetable Lombok cuisine water spinach in plecing sambal
Pindang   Palembang Fish soup Fish boiled in salt and sour-tasting spices, usually tamarind.
Rabeg Banten Meat dish Made from mutton with simple ingredients. It is not too dangerous for those who suffer from cholesterol because this foods do not need coconut milk in the processing.
Rawon   East Java Meat soup A beef soup in dark soup. The dark colour comes from the meaty seeds of kluwak nuts. Usually served with uncooked mung bean sprouts and salty duck eggs.
Rendang   Minangkabau, West Sumatra, Southern Sumatra, Java Meat dish Chunks of beef stewed in coconut milk and spicy thick curry gravy.[8]
Rica-rica   Manado, North Sulawesi Meat, chicken, or fish in spicy sauce Sauce made of rich chopped chilies
Rintek wuuk (RW)   Manado, North Sulawesi Dog meat served in rich and plenty spices Bush meat dish
Roti canai   Aceh, Medan, and West Sumatra or areas with Indian communities. Flatbread Heavy Indian influenced Paratha-like roti served with curry or other condiments
Roti jala   Sumatra Pancake Served with kari daging kambing.
Roti john   Malay Sandwich A Malay omelette sandwich, a European-influenced dish.
Roti pita   Indonesian Arab Flatbread A yeast-leavened round flatbread baked from wheat flour, sometimes with a pocket.
Saksang   Batak highlands Meat stew Pork or dog meat (or more rarely, water buffalo meat), cooked in its blood, mixed with coconut milk and spices (including kaffir lime and bay leaves, coriander, shallot, garlic, chili pepper and Thai pepper, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric and andaliman.
Sambal goreng teri   Nationwide Salted anchovy Spicy salted anchovy with peanuts.
Sapo tahu   Indonesian Chinese Tofu dish Soft tofu with vegetables, meat or seafood.
Sate, satai, or satay   Java and Sumatra, nationwide Roasted skewered meat Skewered barbecued meat that usually had peanut sauce, or sweet soy sauce. Many type of satay has developed throughout Indonesia. Often eaten with chopped shallots and Sambal.
Sate bandeng   Banten Grilled fish Deboned milkfish, spiced and grilled in its skin on bamboo skewers over charcoal embers.
Sate lilit   Bali Roasted skewered meat Minced meat (pork, fish, or chicken) spiced and wrapped around bamboo or lemongrass stick as handle and grilled on charcoal.
Sayur asem   Nationwide Vegetable soup (Sour Dish/Tamarind Dish) clear soup with assorted vegetables such as: (melinjo) or gnetum gnemon, melinjo leaves, sweet corn (still on the cobs), young papaya, peanuts, and tamarind.
Sayur lodeh   Nationwide Vegetable soup (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Milk Stew).
Sayur nganten Betawi and West Java Vegetable soup Soup made of trubuk stem.
Seblak   Bandung, West Java Savoury wet krupuk A savoury and spicy dish made of wet krupuk (traditional Indonesian crackers) cooked with scrambled egg, vegetables, and other protein sources; either chicken, seafood, or slices of beef sausages, stir-fried with spicy sauces including garlic, shallot, sweet soy sauce, and chili sauce.
Se'i   Kupang, Timor Smoked meat With smoking or fumigation by using a mixture of salt and spices gives a unique taste.
Selat solo   Solo, Central Java Beefsteak and salad, European-Javanese fusion Braised beef tenderloin served in thin watery sauce, served with vegetables and potato.
Semur   Nationwide Stew Stew made of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and spices, usually uses beef.
Sop buntut   Java Meat Soup or Roasted meat (Ox-tail) served in clear soup (in which case the dish is called Sop Buntut/Ox-tail soup) or roasted alone then served with barbecue sauce.
Sop saudara   Makassar, South Sulawesi Meat soup A spicy beef or buffalo soup.
Soto or sroto or coto   Nationwide Meat soup A soup of chicken or beef. Many variants of soto has developed across Indonesia. Many types of soto have the colour of yellow because turmeric is added as one of the ingredients.
Soto Betawi Betawi Meat soup A type of soto that were made of beef or beef offal, cooked in a whitish cow milk or coconut milk broth, with fried potato and tomato.
Soto mie   Nationwide Noodle dish A spicy noodle soup dish.
Swikee   Purwodadi, Central Java Frog leg dish Frog legs cooked in various sauces.
Tahu campur   Lamongan, East Java Fried tofu in beef stew Fried tofu, lontong rice cakes, lentho (fried black-eyed pea patty) or sometimes replaced by perkedel, bean sprouts, lettuce, noodles and krupuk crackers, served in savoury petis-based beef stew.
Tauge goreng   Bogor, West Java Stir fried bean sprout A savoury vegetarian dish made of stir fried tauge (bean sprouts) with slices of tofu, ketupat rice cake and yellow noodle, served in spicy oncom-based sauce.
Tekwan   Palembang, Southern Sumatra Fishcake soup A soup of fishcake with bangkoang and mushroom.
Telur pindang   Nationwide Egg dish Hard boiled eggs boiled in water mixed with salt, shallot skins, teak leaf and other spices.
Tempe   Nationwide Fermented food Can be cooked into various dishes; such as tempe bacem, tempe goreng, tempe orek, tumis tempe.
Sambal tempoyak   Sumatra and Kalimantan Fermented food spicy condiment Durian fermented with mixture of salt for three to five days, mixed with ground chili and shrimp paste.
Tempoyak ikan patin   Palembang Fish curry Catfish served in sweet and spicy fermented durian curry.
Tengkleng   Java Meat soup Goat bone soup.
Timlo   Javanese Meat soup A beef and vegetable soup. Some versions also have noodles, as a beef noodle soup.
Tinorangsak   Manado, North Sulawesi Spicy meat dish Pork, meat, chicken or seafood in spice
Tinutuan or bubur manado   Manado, North Sulawesi Rice porridge (congee) with vegetables Rice porridge mixed with various vegetables such as spinach, kangkung, corn, and sweet potato or cassava.
Tongseng   Solo, Central Java Meat soup Goat meat or beef stew dishes in curry-like soup with vegetables and kecap manis (sweet soy sauce).
Tumis Kangkung   Java Vegetarian dish Stir fried kangkung vegetable.
Tumpang   Central Java Fermented tempeh dish Similar to gulai, but rotten tempeh is used as seasoning instead of turmeric. Might add other ingredients such as beef ligaments. This dish can be found in Central and western part of East Java.
Tumpeng   Java Rice dish Cone shaped rice surrounded with assorted dishes).
Urap   Javanese Vegetarian food A salad dish of steamed vegetables mixed with seasoned and spiced grated coconut for dressing.
Woku   Manado, North Sulawesi Spicy dish Chicken or seafood (usually Fish) poured with Manadonese spicy yellow sauce/gravy.
Yusheng   Indonesian Chinese Fish salad Fresh fish salad with sliced vegetables, such as carrot and turnips. Usually served during Imlek.

Savoury snacksEdit

Name Image Region Type Description
Arem-arem   Java Rice cake Similar like lontong, but flavoured with coconut milk, and stuffed with cooked ground meat, or tofu and tempeh.
Asinan Betawi   Jakarta Vegetarian food A pickled (through brined or vinegared) vegetable or fruit dish.
Bakcang   Chinese Indonesian Rice cake Rice cake filled with meats, sometimes beans, mushroom, and salty egg, wrapped in bamboo leaves.
Batagor   West Java Fishcake and dumpling Batagor is actually an abbreviation of bakso tahu goreng (which literally means fried tofu and meatballs), it's a variant of the siomay in which the siomay was deep-fried.
Burasa   Makassar, South Sulawesi Rice cake Rice and coconut milk cake wrapped in banana leaves.
Cilok   Bandung, West Java Ball-shaped dumpling made from aci (tapioca starch), cilok is an abbreviation of aci dicolok or "poked tapioca", served with peanut sauce, kecap manis (sweet soy sauce), sambal, bottled chili sauce, or served in soup.
Cimol   Bandung, West Java A small snack made from rounded tapioca flour doughs which is then fried. Cimol comes from Banten, West Java.
Cireng   West Java A small snack made out of fried tapioca batter
Emping   Nationwide Crakers Crackers made from flattened Gnemon/Belinjo seeds.
Idli kukus   Indonesian Indian Rice cake A type of savoury rice cake.
Karipap   Malay Fried dumpling A snack usually filled with chicken and potato with a dried curry inside.
Kembang tahu   Indonesian Chinese Tofu and soy food Soft tofu with warm sweet ginger soup.
Kerak telor   Jakarta Egg dish It is made from chicken or duck egg made into omelette which is mixed with rice and spice, it is served with coconut granules.
Kerupuk   Nationwide Crackers, crisp Deep fried crisps made from mainly tapioca flour, with added ingredients, such as prawn, fish, or garlic, and even ox/cow skin. It comes in different shapes and colours.:) Hi
Kerupuk kulit   Nationwide Crackers, crisp Cow skin crackers
Lemang   Malay and Minangkabau Rice dish A traditional Malay food made of glutinous rice, coconut milk and salt, cooked in a hollowed bamboo stick lined with banana leaves in order to prevent the rice from sticking to the bamboo.
Lemper   Java Rice cake Made from glutinous rice and filled usually with chicken.
Lumpia semarang   Semarang, Central Java Spring roll Semarang style spring roll, made mainly from cooked bamboo shoots and chicken/prawn. Sometimes boiled quail egg is added. It is eaten with a dipping sauce made from coconut sugar, vinegar and garlic.
Martabak   Nationwide Egg dish or pancake Indonesian's version of Murtabak, sometimes filled with beef and scallions, or shreds of peanut and chocolate.
Martabak kubang   West Sumatra Egg dish or pancake This food almost equal with martabak.
Mendoan   Central Java Fried food Deep fried battered tempeh, cooked lightly in a short time and resulted in limp texture.
Otak-otak   Nationwide Fishcake Usually made from Spanish mackarel fish paste or Milkfish, spiced and wrapped in banana leaves, then grilled and served with peanut sauce.
Panada   Manado, North Sulawesi Bread Fried bread filled with spicy tuna.
Pastel   Nationwide Fried dumpling Fried flour dumpling filled with vegetables and meat.
Popiah   Chinese Indonesian Spring roll This dish almost equal with lumpia.
Risoles   Nationwide Spring roll Fried rolls with breadcrumbs filled with vegetables and meat.
Rujak   Nationwide Fruit or vegetable salad There are many kinds of rujak, the most common one is Rujak Buah (fruit rujak). Rujak manis, is a mixture of fruit covered with sweet and spicy coconut sugar sauce, sometimes ground peanut is also added to the sauce.
Rujak cingur   Surabaya Vegetables with cow's lips A mixture of vegetables, tofu, tempeh, lontong rice cake, beansprouts with petis black fish paste sauce and slices of boiled cow's lips.
Rujak juhi   Jakarta, Indonesian Chinese Vegetables with salted cuttlefish A mixture of vegetables, tofu, noodles, lontong rice cake, potato, and juhi salted cuttlefish served in spicy peanut sauce.
Rujak shanghai   Jakarta, Indonesian Chinese Vegetables with boiled seafood A mixture of kangkung water spinach, preserved squid, edible jellyfish, daikon and cucumber, served in thick red-colored sweet and sour sauce, sprinkled with peanuts granules and sambal.
Rujak soto Banyuwangi, East Java Vegetables with soto A unique blend of vegetable salad with soto, include soto daging (beef) or soto babat.
Pangsit goreng   Indonesian Chinese Wonton dish Fried wonton filled with chicken or shrimp with sweet and sour sauce.
Pempek   Palembang, Southern Sumatra area Fishcake A signature dish of Palembang. Fish paste mixed with flour and then deep fried. Served with cucumber, noodles or bihun, as in ketoprak, and thin sauce made from tamarind, vinegar and pounded dried shrimp.
Samosa   Indonesian Arab Dumpling It is a fried or baked dish with a savoury filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, or lentils. It may take different forms, including triangular, cone, or half-moon shapes.
Siomay   Indonesian Chinese, West Java Fishcake and dumpling A light meal which has a similar form to Chinese Dim Sum, shaped like ice cream cone except the bottom is flat and made traditionally from mackerel fish meat served with peanut sauce, sometimes added with key lime and/or soy sauce. Sometimes the main ingredient can be made from prawn or other fish, siomay could also be served with steamed chicken eggs, potatoes, cabbage or bitter gourd.
Serabi or surabi   Nationwide Pancake An Indonesian snack that is made from rice flour with coconut milk or just plain shredded coconut as an emulsifier. Do keep in mind that each province in Indonesia has varying Srabi recipes corresponding to local tastes and available ingredients.
Tahu aci or tahu pletok   Tegal, Central Java Tofu and soy food A small snack made from tofu and flour. Its come from Tegal, Central Java.
Tahu gejrot   Cirebon, West Java Tofu and soy food Deep fried tofu, served with a sauce made from coconut sugar, sweet soy sauce/kecap manis, chili, garlic and shallot.
Tahu gunting   Surabaya, East Java Tofu and soy food Deep fried tofu cut with scissors, served with a sauce made from rice flour, peanuts and chili.
Tahu sumedang   Sumedang, West Java Tofu and soy food Deep fried tofu, served with sweet soy sauce/kecap manis and chili.
Tempe bacem   Java Soy food Tempeh stewed in coconut sugar and spices, then deep fried. It has sweet and savoury flavour.
Tahu   Indonesian Chinese, nationwide Tofu and soy food Chinese origin, basically a soy milk cheese. It can be fried, stir fried, stewed, as soup ingredient, even also for sweets such as ice cream or vegetarian fruit dessert/pudding.
Uli bakar   West Java Sticky rice Grilled sticky rice, commonly eaten with oncom or serundeng grated coconut.

Sweet dessertsEdit

Name Image Region Type Description
Angsle Java A mix of melinjo, glutinous rice, peanut, sago pearl, white bread, coconut milk, screwpine leaf, ginger and milk.
Asida   Maluku Islands Pudding A dish made up of a cooked wheat flour lump of dough, sometimes with added butter or honey. It is popular during Ramadan.
Bahulu   Malay Pastry A Malay traditional cake with soft texture. Usually served for breakfast.
Bakpia pathok   Yogyakarta Bean cake A small patty of baked pastry filled with sweet mung bean paste.
Brem (solid snack)   Madiun Java Sweet snack Brem is made from fermented tape. Brem is a special snack from Madiun, East Java. The liquid version is light alcoholic beverage also called Brem originated from Bali.
Bubur candil Java Glutinous rice cake ball stewed in gula jawa (palm sugar), served with thick coconut milk.
Bubur kacang hijau   Nationwide Sweet porridge Green beans porridge, sweetened with sugar, and served with thick coconut milk.
Bubur ketan hitam   Nationwide Sweet porridge Black glutinous rice porridge, sweetened with sugar, and served with thick coconut milk.
Bubur sumsum   Nationwide Sweet porridge White congee made from rice flour and eaten with brown sugar sauce.
Cendil   Java Sweet rice and coconut cake Rice flour-based small glutinous cake, sweetened with sugar, moulded and coloured. Served with fresh grated coconut.
Dadar gulung   Javanese, also nationwide Folded pancake Usually has a green colour, which is acquired from daun suji or pandan leaves It is a green-coloured folded omelette or pancake made of rice flour, filled with grated coconut and palm sugar.
Dangke South Sulawesi Cheese Made from buffalo or cow milk.
Dodol   Java Sweets Rice flour-based small glutinous sweets, sweetened with coconut sugar, moulded and coloured. Often add fruit scent and taste such as durian.
Es campur   nationwide sweet desert Shaved ice with coconut pieces, various fruits (usually jackfruit), grass jelly, syrup and condensed milk
Geplak   Yogyakarta sweet snacks Sweets made from sugar and grated coconut.
Getuk   Java Cassava cake Cassava paste, sweetened with sugar and moulded in a special tools that it resembles noodles. Often served with fresh grated coconut.
Kaasstengels   Nationwide, with Dutch-influenced Pastry It is made from dough flour, eggs, margarine, and grated cheese. This cake shaped rectangular. Usually served during Eid ul-Fitr, Christmas, and Imlek.
Klappertaart   Manado coconut custard Tart made from flour, sugar, milk, butter, as well as coconut flesh and juice.
Klepon   Nationwide Sweet glutinous rice balls and coconut Glutinous rice cake balls, usually coloured and flavoured with pandan leaves, which gives it an attractive green colour and unique aroma, filled with coconut sugar. The balls are boiled, and rolled in grated coconut. In other parts of Indonesia such as Sumatra, klepon is called onde-onde.
Kolak   Nationwide Sweet cocktail A mix of sweet potato, cassava, banana, pumpkin, diced in bite size pieces and stewed in coconut milk and palm sugar. Sometimes vanilla or ginger are added for extra flavour.
Klepon   Nationwide Sweet coconut cake Boiled rice cake, stuffed with coconut sugar, and rolled in fresh grated coconut. It is flavoured with pandan leaves juice.
Kue apem   Nationwide, with Indian-influenced Pancake A steamed dough made of rice flour, coconut milk, yeast and palm sugar, usually served with grated coconut.
Kue bandung Bandung, West Java area
Kue cubit   Nationwide Cake This cake is called kue cubit because of its small size: to eat it one has to pinch it.
Kue kacang tanah Nationwide Cookie A kind of pastry made from peanuts with various forms, such as round shape, heart, or crescent moon.
Kue kembang goyang   Betawi and Javanese Cookie Made of rice flour which is mixed with eggs, sugar, a pinch of salt, and coconut milk. The dough can be fried after heating the oil and the ‘’kembang goyang’’ mold.
Kue keranjang   Chinese Indonesian Cake A food prepared from glutinous rice. Usually served during Imlek
Kue kochi   Malay Dumpling Made from glutinous rice flour, and stuffed with coconut fillings with palm sugar.
Kue ku   Betawi and Chinese Indonesian Pastry A small round or oval shaped Chinese pastry with soft sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet filling in the centre.
Kue lidah kucing   Nationwide Cookie A type of cookie shaped like a cat's tongue (long and flat). They are sweet and crunchy.
Kue pukis   Nationwide Pastry This cake is made from egg mixture, granulated sugar, flour, yeast and coconut milk. The mixture is then poured into a half-moon mold and baked on fire (not oven). Pukis can be said to be actually a modification of waffles.
Kue putri salju   Nationwide Cookie A type of cookie which is crescent-shaped and coated with powdered sugar covered like snow.
Kue putu   Nationwide Sweet coconut cake Similar to klepon, except that it's cylindrical in shape whilst klepon is spherical.
Kue rangi   Betawi and Javanese Pastry A Betawi traditional cake that made from a mixture of starch with grated coconut which is baked with a special mold on a small stove.
Kue soes Nationwide Pastry A filled pastry ball with a typically sweet and moist filling of whipped cream, custard, pastry cream or chocolate sauce.
Lapis legit or spekuk   Nationwide Layered cake A spiced layered cake, made mainly of egg yolk, flour and margarine/butter.
Lupis   Java Glutinous rice cake Glutinous rice cake wrapped and cooked in banana leaves, served with grated coconut and drizzled with thick coconut sugar syrup.
Mochi   Chinese and Japanese Indonesian Sweet rice cake Rice flour based cake filled with peanuts paste, sometimes sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Nagasari   Nationwide Banana cake Steamed rice cake wrapped in banana leaves, and stuffed with banana.
Nastar   Nationwide Pastry It is has round shape with a diameter of about 2 centimetres. The pineapple jam is filled inside instead of spread on top. The cookie is often decorated with small pieces of cloves or raisins on top of it.
Ombus-ombus Batak Sticky rice with palm sugar filling, rolled in coconut flakes
Onde-onde   Nationwide, possibly Chinese-Indonesian derived Sweet sesame rice balls Glutinous rice cake balls, filled with sweet green beans paste, and rolled in sesame seed and then fried.
Pai ti   Peranakan Pastry A thin and crispy pastry tart shell filled with a spicy, sweet mixture of thinly sliced vegetables and prawns.
Paklempung Fritters Similar with pisang goreng.
Pisang goreng   Nationwide Fritters (Fried Banana), battered and deep fried banana/plantain.
Putu mayang   Betawi, with Indian-influenced, but now is nationwide String hoppers Made from starch or rice flour shaped like noodles, with a mixture of coconut milk, and served with kinca or liquid javanese sugar.
Roti buaya   Jakarta Bread, pastry Crocodile-shaped bread commonly served during Betawi wedding and celebrations.
Roti tissue   Medan and Jakarta, with Indian-influenced Flatbread A thinner version of the traditional roti canai, as thin as a piece of 40–50 cm round-shaped tissue. The finishing touches to the making of roti tissue require skill, and they depend on the creativity of the maker.
Tape uli Java
Terang bulan   Bangka Belitung, Sumatra, nationwide Pastry Originally a Chinese snack, but nowadays it is labelled as murtabak.
Wingko   Semarang, Central Java Coconut cake Sweet baked coconut snack.


Common ingredientsEdit

Sauces and condimentsEdit

Name Image Region Type Description
Acar   Nationwide Pickles Various chopped vegetables in vinegar.
Bawang goreng   Nationwide Garnish Crispy fried onions or shallots sprinkled upon various dishes to give aroma and crispy texture.
Dabu-dabu   North Sulawesi Sauce Sliced chili, tomatoes and shallots. Condiments for grilled fish.
Kecap manis and kecap asin   Nationwide Sauce Soy sauces, available in sweet (manis) and salty (asin).
Pecel   Java Sauce A mixture of vegetables and a type of traditional cracker with spicy peanut paste. Madiun and blitar in East Java are popular for their pecel.
Sambal   Nationwide Sauce Chili sauce with rich variants across Indonesia, among other uses shrimp paste.
Serundeng   Java Sprinkle dry condiments Grated coconut sauteed and spiced, can be served with beef, sprinkled on soto, or eaten with sticky rice.
Tauco   Nationwide Sauce Tauco is a paste made from preserved fermented yellow soybeans.
Tumpang Java Sauce Tumpang or sambal tumpang is a typical food from Kediri, East Java. Sambal tumpang has been made of rotten tempeh mixed and cooked with various spices such as chili, onion, salt and other spices.[9]






See alsoEdit


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  7. ^ Watson, Todd (20 July 2013). "Indonesian cuisine: An unduly underappreciated taste". Inside Investor. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  8. ^ Taylor, Jean Gelman (2003). Indonesia: Peoples and Histories. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. pp. 46. ISBN 0-300-10518-5.
  9. ^ id:Sambal tumpang

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