Cuisine Of Indonesia

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Cuisine Of Indonesia

Indonesia has plenty to offer from its diverse cuisine on 17,000 Islands.

In every part of Indonesia has its own culinary traditions and characteristics. They differ in the methods of cooking, ingredients, traditions of the meal.

The kitchen is the island of Java is most adapted to European taste (i.e., the least exotic) – mainly dishes made from vegetables, legumes, beef and chicken.

West Sumatra is famous for its cuisines and restaurants, which, in turn, is famous not only for acute, unusual cuisine and unique interior and service.

In Bali, tourist Paradise island, you will find any cuisine of the world, which will only be able to wish the most pampered tourist.

There are quite exotic dishes. So, in the village of Tuban in the Indonesian province of East Java preparing cakes, made from the earth. Locals scoop up the muddy land, rice fields, and make them patties. It is believed that these cakes are very good for health.

Cooking the Indonesians gave rise to many superstitions. For example, a young girl is not recommended to sing while cooking - otherwise husbands it will get old. It is also believed that a strong burning sensation in the mouth after spicy food can be removed by repeated pivoting of the plates, and to avoid tears when peeling an onion, it is enough to push a knife into one of the bulbs.

As usual in Asia, the main ingredient in most Indonesian dishes is rice ("nasi"). The people of Indonesia consider rice the food of the gods and tell various legends about his appearance on earth - thus, according to one young man, trapped in the sky, brought out a grain of rice in the cracks of the heels. The tribe of the Batak in Sumatra boiled rice detain the soul of a sick baby rice is so delicious that, after trying it, the soul will not want to leave the child, and he will survive.

Many travelers, not penetrating deep into the "kitchen culture" of Indonesia believe that in addition to "Nasi goreng" ("goreng nasi") – fried rice with various ingredients – other traditional dishes there. Of course, "Nasi goreng" is the most traditional dish, and you will praise and recommend. But there are other traditional dishes that you must try: "sate" ("sate") - seasoned grilled meat, "Gado-Gado" ("gado-gado") - vegetable salad with peanut sauce, "bakmi goreng" ("bakmi goreng") - fried pasta. But the Indonesian dish "Rendah" ("rendang"), prigotavlivaemy of beef braised for hours in coconut milk, in September 2011, was generally recognized as the most delicious dish in the world according to the website And the classic "Nasi goreng" with chicken and egg took second place in the same ranking. These two dishes were the results of the vote surpassed by the taste of dishes such as Japanese sushi and noodles, Thai rice, Hong Kong dim sum , Chinese duck, Italian lasagna, American ice cream, France's croissant, and other delicacies.

Indonesians love the variety of condiments and sauces that can be very sharp. Cuisine of Indonesia generally, the overall feeling is very spicy, a lot of specific tastes, not known in Europe or spices used in a special way. Inflorescence amazing flavors and spices to create a character of this kitchen.

All derivatives of the main national dishes include seafood, traditional rice, spices, corn, sweet potatoes, and breadfruit. Widespread salads. It should be noted rice wine - one of the national drinks - and, of course, a real black coffee. The Islands of the Indonesian archipelago is rightly called the spice Islands. Black and white pepper, tamarind, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, hot red or green peppers, peanuts, ginger, soy, garlic - mandatory components of the hot spices that the locals use in their kitchen.

Throughout the year, Indonesia amazing abundance of tropical and subtropical fruits and vegetables. Some fruits, such as mangos or watermelons are seasonal, but bananas, apples, papayas, pineapples, oranges and other can be eaten all year round. In General, in Indonesia are very fond of products of natural origin, e.g., coconuts, the palm heart, mangoes and breadfruit.

Traditionally food is served on a banana leaf and right hand but only the right hand (the left hand is considered "unclean"). Before and after meals, hand washed in a special vessel with water and a slice of lemon. For Europeans, usually served with a spoon and fork but not a knife.

Kitchen Bali

Bali, as a "state within a state" has its own "kitchen" features. It is primarily determined by the fact that the majority of Balinese people (94% of the population) are Orthodox kind of Hinduism, which is called "Agama Hindu Dharma". Only about 5 % of the population is Muslim.

Mainly in Bali, the tourists taste the traditional Indonesian dishes. There are also many Chinese, Thai, European dishes and restaurants. There are even Russian cuisine. But you should taste the pure Balinese dishes:

  • Bali guling (ball guling) — suckling pig on a spit;
  • Bebek tutu (bebek tutu) — duck with all kinds of spices, which cook for 12 hours, wrapped in banana leaf;
  • pepes ikan (ikan pepes) — fish on a spit, wrapped in a banana leaf;
  • mi goreng (mi goreng) fried noodle, made from flour of durum wheat;
  • pisang Molen (molen pisang) or pisang goreng (pisang goreng) — fried bananas in pastry;
  • tea cap (cap cai) and vegetable stew nepotushenny vegetables;
  • chumi-chumi (cumi-cumi) squid;
  • udang (udang) — shrimp or udang besar (udang besar) — a giant shrimp.

Special mention should be made of the abundance of seafood and shark's fin soup and lobster and fish of all kinds, as well as oysters, giant shrimp, etc.

Beverages, drinking

Water from the tap can not drink. The Balinese say that the water is suitable after boiling. But even so, it is better to drink purchased bottled water.

Indonesians love tea and coffee. They are very proud of their local coffee and tea, which we offer everything from a rustic diner to luxury restaurant. For the vast majority of Indonesians lunch or dinner is unthinkable without a final glass of tea. Tea and coffee plantations to extensive and fertile.

Bajaur popular drink – coconut milk with rice and palm sugar, beverage air-tebu, made from sugar cane juice, ginger tea, and ice crash with beans and sugar syrup. Despite the fact that Indonesians are absolutely sober way of his own life, for the sake of tourists they provide them with everything that they likes.

In Bali you will find a wide choice of cognacs, whisky, vodka, French and Australian wines, local drinks — for example, Arak (arak) — palm or rice wine. For beer lovers as well-known varieties of German or Dutch beer, and beer "Bintang" — a Czech beer produced in Indonesia under license. Local beer is 2-3 times cheaper than foreign ones. Interestingly, the local beer made from the juice of palm flowers.

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admin 7 June, 2018

In Yogyakarta especially nothing to watch. From all that I looked at, and it's several museums, the Sultan's Palace, water castle, Fort, more or less I did not like the water castle, Taman Sari, since it is a fairly large attraction. And the Palace... Well, look, of course it is, but really there is nothing to watch, it is more local interesting. Generally, in Joke a lot of local tourists, Europeans more nemnogo.
Prambanan and Borobudur visited on a motorbike. Very much local, just like ants, all doing a selfie. Left a mixed impression. On the one hand, like such important attractions, famous all over the world, and on the other the price matches the ticket to Angkor for three days, and to do in Borobudur more than 30 minutes nothing. The same is true about the noise. Honestly, I was more interesting to look at other small churches in the surrounding area of Prambanan, than his.
Train tickets are definitely worth buying in advance. The price of the train is very high. In principle, I have a link with the trains already gave you where everything is, nothing has changed.
To Bromo traveled with the tour from Yogyakarta, so it was cheaper and the money and time, than to go by train and then connect with all sorts of grifters.
With the ferry to Bali as always: working around the clock, something worth about 5,000 rupees (do not remember exactly, then the guide will give pasapasa), goes often.
From Gilimanuk did not go to Kuta and Lavinna local bus. From there buses depart to Denpasar. Are in the occupancy, of course only during the day. But there be ready to divorce, will try to take five times more, you have to haggle. But before that we need to Wake up more to fend off the pile pestered with taks ...
Lisa0212 June 8, 2018
Please tell us more about how and where he took a tour to Bromo from Yogyakarta
Can keep the contacts or address of the Agency?
What is the cost?
The tour bus? ...
admin June 8, 2018

In Yogyakarta on the main touristic street of Malioboro and Jalan Sosrowijayan many turagentsva, there and sold. I moved a few agentsvr bought at the tourist information centre - Price not remember exactly, but something in the region of 600 thousand rupees for the tour Bromo + Ijen. It includes two nights accommodation in guesthouses, transport (including jeep to Bromo), tour guide services. Entrance fee and meals extra. Tour options in General a lot of there there in a jeep, there are foot, separately Bromo, Ijen separately, with wusata in Goku or with landing on the jetty in Bali, or option bus to Denpasar. Tours are by bus and train. Those that train more. ...
Lisa0212 9 June, 2018

Tell me, please, one day is enough for the exam?
Not dangerous on the roads on the bike?, for example, shows the route to these temples? ...
admin 9 June, 2018

Enough for one day, but honestly if you have the opportunity, I would suggest two days. Just because of the road and the heat will be tired in Borobudur, and the Prambanan inspection will not have to experience. In General, Borobudur is best visited at dawn, for this there are special tours. Or try at least to the opening to arrive, then even more less less local tourists and Chinese. After 10 hours already it's Packed like an ant hill. But keep in mind that the road will take at least 2 hours. Generally when you move a motorbike in Indonesia expect that will not cover more than 25 kilometers per hour, no matter how careful. And don't forget near Borobudur two more churches to see.
As for is it dangerous.... For me it was not dangerous, quietly went. But the traffic everywhere is pretty dense, even far from Yogyakarta, so be careful. The route will prompt any Navigator and a bunch of signs on the road, easy access.
Keep in mind that to visit both temples cheaper for a single ticket and not separate, on the two temples 40 dollars worth in rupees of course. This ticket is valid for two days, i.e. you can just split the visit to the temple on the day. For access to meet the dawn you need to pay extra. In General, almost all about Borobudur here already painted - about Prambanan here ...
Lisa0212 9 June, 2018

Rights issues no decorated international, which are valid in Indonesia.
Maybe you know the sites where you can book and rent a car? ...
admin 10 June, 2018
PS why not register for the forum, also it will be easier to receive notification of replies ...
IgorS Jun 11, 2018

It seems to me that the Asker is interested in a beach vacation (otherwise I would not from Indonesia chose Bali).
What about a beach holiday, I would choose Bali, because there is the ocean, the waves beautiful.
If I'm wrong and the Asker is interested in the attractions, I agree, Thailand is certainly better.
And if you are interested in nature is best for Indonesia as a whole - and there are volcanoes, jungles and coral. ...
admin Jun 11, 2018

And I think you signed up just to leave your link, and was deleted along with another message. ...
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