Indonesian Street Food Selections

Siomay ©umimardhiyah/flickr

Siomay ©umimardhiyah/flickr

One of the amazing cultural enjoyment in Indonesia is the Indonesian food. There are wonderful Chinese dishes with adaptation to avoid the usage of pork to suit the Indonesians who are majority Muslims. Siomay is one of the local street food in West Java made of steam fish dumpling. It also have vegetables like steamed cabbage, tofu, potatoes and possibly bitter gourd in it. Usually it is served in a special peanut sauce. Rather similar to the Chinese Siew Mai which is a kind of steamed pork dumpling, just that this is with fish. If you like the Chinese Dim Sum, you will probably like this. The type of fish meat used is traditionally wahoo fish meat. Some know this fish as tenggiri which is a scombrid fish found in most tropical seas. There are also prawn versions. The toppings other than the peanut sauce is sweet soy sauce, a little lime juice and even chili sauce.

Batagor and Pempek

This Sudananese Indonesian food Bakso Tahu Goreng the next street food you can find in the street-side foodstalls or traelling carts. Bakso is a meatball made from beef surimi. Hence the fried version of Bakso and added with tofu forms this dish. As for Pempek, it is a savoury fishcake. This latter is rather a delicacy and it is from Palembang. It is adapted from the Southern Chinese ngo hiang or kekkian, another surimi-based food. You really must try it with a spicy palm sugar-vinegar based sauce.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng is a national dish which you must not missed. Word by word, Nasi means rice and goreng means fried. So it is actually stir fried rice with a type of local sweet soy sauce called kecap manis. Sometimes it is the spices that makes it really special in taste, in this dish, garlic, shallot, tamarind and chili are added to spiced it up. There are also chicken, egg and prawns accompanying the fried rice. Last year, it was even positioned second as the World’s 50 most Delicious Foods.

Gorengan – Assorted Fritters

Gorengan ©Si Ollie/flickr

Gorengan ©Si Ollie/flickr

This is an amazing assortment of different kinds of fritters to choose from: banana fritter called pisang goreng, sweet potato, carrot and cabbage, breadfruit which tastes similar to potato. It might seemed shocking to the western population but the Gorengan are usually eaten with Bird’s eye chili or Thai chili.

 

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