Gastronome Wednesday ~ Indonesian Cuisine

Gastronome Wednesday ~ Indonesian Cuisine

I’ve been traveling pretty extensively throughout Indonesia in the past year and its cuisine is becoming one of my preferred.

With the rich flavors and vibrant colors, dishes from over 300 ethnic groups known to the islands are quite diverse. I’ve put together a few of my favorite dishes in this week’s installment of Gastronome Wednesday ~ Indonesian Cuisine.

Gastronome Wednesday ~ Indonesian Cuisine

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Sambal Mbe – Bali

This is a traditional dish of Bali, Indonesia and is made by sauteing shallots, chili, lime and shrimp paste. I recently had a version of it with tofu and coconut milk. The thick, warm dish was served as a side salad but I could have easily eaten it as a main dish.

Gastronome Wednesday ~ Indonesian Cuisine

Beef Rendang

Slow cooked for hours until the beef is fork tender, this dish is vivid with Indonesian spices. Served with steamed rich, this is a must try when traveling to the islands.

Gastronome Wednesday ~ Indonesian Cuisine

Satay

Offered three ways, beef, chicken, or shrimp, these juicy skewers are served with a delectable peanut sauce and rice cakes. Created by street vendors the dish is the most recognizable in Indonesia.

Gastronome Wednesday ~ Indonesian Cuisine

photo credit: indonesianfood21

Nasi Rawon

This East Java dish is the Indonesian version of beef stew. The deep black color and nutty essence comes from the Keluak nut used to infuse a deep flavor. It’s best enjoyed with a bowl of steamed rice and hard boiled egg.

I could go on and on as there are so many traditional Indonesian cuisine dishes but these are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoyed this week’s addition of Gastronome Wednesday. Come back next week where we feature more food favorites!

Have you traveled to Indonesia? Have you tried any of these delicious dishes? Share your experiences with us!

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