List of Indonesian Dishes - Dishes


Name Image Origin/Popularity Type Description
Ayam Kalasan Kalasan, Yogyakarta Fried Chicken Fried free-range-chicken with kremes (crispy granules).
Ayam Taliwang Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Roasted chicken Originated from Nusa Tenggara (east of Bali), chicken cooked in various spicy herbs and seasoning.
Bakwan Malang Malang, East Java Noodle dish Also known as Bakso Malang, meatball noodle soup with fried wontons from city of Malang.
Mie bakso Indonesian Chinese 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.
Betutu Bali and Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara Roasted poultry Traditional Balinese dishes made from chicken or duck and usually has spicy tastes.
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 Manado (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.
Cakalang fufu Manado, North Sulawesi Grilled smoked fish Grilled smoked Tuna skipjack fish stuck on bamboo.
Cap cai Indonesian Chinese Stir fried vegetable Stir fried of ten type 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 flavor, while the white one has nothing added to it.
Sangsang Batak highlands Meat stew Pork or dog meat (or more rarely, water buffalo meat), coconut milk and spices (including kaffir lime and bay leaves, coriander, shallot, garlic, chili pepper and Thai pepper, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric and andaliman.
Empal gentong Cirebon, West Java Meat soup Mutton or goat offal soup from Cirebon, West Java.
Gado-gado Java Vegetarian food A mixture of vegetables, crackers and rice with peanut flavoured sauce. The taste is sweet in Eastern Java and salty in Western Java. It's described in an Indonesian hotel menu as Indonesian salad with peanut sauce).
Gepuk or Empal West Java Fried meat Sometimes called empal gepuk, fried shredded beef in sweet spice from West Java.
Gudeg Yogyakarta, Central Java Vegetable and meat in coconut milk sauce Raw jackfruit that cooked in a Javanese traditional way that originated from Yogyakarta).
Gulai Nationwide Meat or vegetable soup Indonesian curry) characterised with yellow colour from turmeric and coconut milk.
Karedok West Java Vegetarian food Raw vegetables served with peanut sauce from West Java(It's close to East Java pecel, but karedok uses raw vegetables).
Ketoprak Jakarta Vegetarian food Almost the same with Eastern Java's gado-gado but with saltier taste. A popular dish from Western Java. The main difference from Gado gado is that this food is served with bihun, a thin rice noodle, hence the whole dish is sometimes called "Bakmi Ketoprak"/Ketoprak noodle).
Ketupat sayur Betawi, Jakarta Chicken or meat soup with rice cake Pressed rice cake served with chicken or meat soup in coconut milk, labu, jackfruit, and krupuk.
Krecek Java Made from krupuk kulit (skin cracker), potato, and soy beans.
Krengsengan Mutton sautee with sweet soy sauce aka kecap manis and petis udang, the Indonesian translation for Black Shrimp Paste).
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.
Laksa Bogor and Jakarta Vegetable soup The popular one in Indonesia is Laksa Bogor that contains rice vermicelli, beansprouts, and oncom.
Lawar Bali Vegetable and meat dish A traditional Balinese accompanying cuisine for rice and other Balinese cuisine which 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 Gomeh 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.
Mie aceh Aceh Noodle dish A rich and spicy noodle dish from Aceh, available in two variations; Mie Aceh Goreng (fried and dry) and Mie Aceh Kuah (soupy). Usually made with goat meat or seafood and served with emping, slices of shallots, cucumber, and lime.
Mie ayam Indonesian Chinese Noodle dish Also known as Cui Mie.
Mie celor Palembang, South Sumatra Noodle dish A Palembang South Sumatra style of 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 Noodle.
Bakmi 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 kocok Bandung, West Java Noodle dish Noodle in beef broth served with cow's tendons or cartilage.
Mie rebus Indonesian Chinese and Javanese Noodle dish Boiled noodle soup.
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).
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 liwet Solo, Central Java Rice dish Usually rice processed with coconut milk and served with chicken, egg, and spicy broth.
Nasi padang Padang, Western Sumatra, nationwide Rice dish Originated from Padang where most of the food involved coconut milk and heavy taste of chili. very wide selection of side dish.
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 and traditional cracker. Popular in East and Central Java.
Nasi tim Indonesian Chinese Rice dish Steamed rice usually served with chicken and mushroom.
Nasi uduk Java Rice dish Steamed rice 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 Tempe.
Opor Ayam Nationwide Meat soup Chicken cooked in coconut milk. Traditionally consumed with ketupat during the Idul Fitri celebration in many parts of Indonesia.
Pallu Basa 120px Makassar Meat soup Beef offal
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.
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 Jagung Nationwide Fried dish corn fritters.
Babi Guling Bali Roasted meat Balinese-style roast pork; comparable to Hawaiian luau-style pig.
Rawon East Java Meat soup A beef soup in dark soup. The dark color 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 chili gravy.
Roti cane Aceh, Medan, and West Sumatra or areas with Indian communities. Bread with beef curry Indian type bread with chunks of beef curry.
Sambal goreng teri Nationwide Salted anchovy Spicy salted anchovy with peanuts.
Sate or satay Java and Sumatra, nationwide Roasted meat Skewered barbecued meat that usually had peanut sauce, or sweet soy sauce. Many type of satay has developed throughout Indonesia.
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.
Se'i Kupang, Timor Bacon With fumigation by using a mixture of milk, salt and spices provide a unique taste unlike any bacon.
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.
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 color of yellow because turmeric is added as one of the ingredients.
Tekwan Palembang, Southern Sumatra Fishcake soup A soup of fishcake with bangkoang and mushroom.
Tempe Nationwide Fermented food Can be cooked into various dishes; such as tempe bacem, tempe goreng, tempe orek, tumis tempe.
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 fry kangkung vegetable.
Tumpang Java Similar to gulai, but rotten tempeh is used as seasoning instead of turmeric. This dish can be found in Central and western part of East Java.
Tumpeng Java Rice dish Cone shaped rice surrounded with assorted dishes).

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