Monday, June 28, 2010

Food in Indonesia

When I first arrived in the country, I was amazed by the Indonesian people's appetites.  It seemed like people were constantly eating.  Now, I am one of them.  I can't believe how much I eat.   It's insane.  

Indonesian food is incredible.  It is now one of my favorite.  There's so much variety to choose from and I love the many fresh drinks readily available.  There's so many interesting foods!

At home, my home stay mom is an amazing cook.  She could open her own restaurant in Hawaii if she wanted.  Hawaii definitely needs an Indonesian restaurant!  At school, we are also very lucky.  The food we eat is catered.  We have snack time everyday, as well as a prepared lunch.

Dinner at home ...

Snack time ... Normally, we have a choice of coffee, tea, or water.  Then, a choice of dessert items, such as traditional Indonesian desserts or simple cake-like concoctions.

Lunch at school ...There's always variety and we get to try a number of wonderful dishes.

At times, we also eat on plates lined with banana leaf.  It's pretty interesting.

Although I like Indonesian food, the one thing I do not yet enjoy is tempe.  Yes, I know. It's really good.  But I don't like it unless it is made in a stir fry with spices.  I can't eat it plain.  People love it though!

There's also interesting Indonesian street food, among other fascinating things.  I could seriously do an entire report on Indonesian street food.  There will be more to come on this ...


  1. Lots of interesting dishes in the pictures you post! Hope that you will have a special post about all the special desserts there!

  2. Because my boyfriend lived in Indonesia with his Indonesian stepfamily for five years, he knows a few good recipes. My favorite is called sepat, which is shrimp with grilled tomatoes, eggplant, shallots, and candlenuts mixed with fresh shredded green mango, lime juice, and of course chili peppers. It's amazing. I think he might have said that it was a dish local to Sumbawa where his family was from, so I'm not sure you'll see it where you are. But keep an eye out!

    I totally agree about tempeh! Actually I feel much better hearing you say that, because just this weekend my boyfriend made tempeh, and it was the first thing he made that I had to tell him I didn't like. I felt really bad about it, too, because he said it was one of his favorite foods :( I tried to like it, I ate the whole serving, thinking I just needed to get used to the taste, but it just tasted too weird. I could eat it covered in sauce, but I didn't like the taste when it was just fried. Maybe I just have to keep trying it--it's probably an acquired taste.

    I love hearing about your adventures in Indo! I can't wait to go there myself some day.

  3. WOW! Looks pretty awesome. Please cook me some!

  4. How neat! I wish I could go to Indonesia too. I thought there was an Indonesian restaurant in Hawaii ... Maybe it shut down?

  5. John, I will have to do a special one on desserts for sure! hehehe

    Eleni, I haven't heard of sepat, but I sure would love to try it. hehehe I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't like tempe. LOL You have to visit Indonesia with your bf. There's so much to try!

    Dalin, I will cook you some when I get home since I'll be learning how to cook when I go to Bali. hehehe

    Lorie, the one in Hawaii shut down. It wasn't the greatest. LOL I might come back to Indonesia next summer, so you are more than welcome to join me. hehe

  6. makanan Indonesia emang ajiibb hehehe

  7. makanan Indonesia emang ajiibbb hahaha

  8. Well, you must visit another regions in Indonesia. There lots of variety of food to try. The more you explore Indonesia, the more you like - food, ethnic, culture, sightseeing -.
    BTW, thanks for having fun in my country, we look forward your visiting again.


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