Indonesian Dishes

7 Indonesian Dishes You Need To Try

Indonesian dishes are full of flavour and are always super vibrant. It is a playful cuisine that has drawn on the various cultures that have converged in the country over the centuries. One thing that you can’t accuse this food of being is boring!

These Indonesian recipes come from some of the world’s top food bloggers so you are in safe hands. Make sure to bookmark their sites and flick through their other recipes. You won’t regret it.

Even if you’re not lucky enough to be spending some time in Indonesia, you can cook these great dishes in the comfort of your own home.

The Best Indonesian Dishes

1. Spicy Beef Rendang

Forget takeaways, nothing could beat this meltingly tender Spicy Beef Rendang. Each piece is caramelized on the outside, tender on the inside, and permeated with layer upon layer of creamy, spicy flavours.

Recipe created by Nicky.

2. Crunchy Chicken Satay Cutlets

This delicious, rich, sweet and flavourful marinated chicken recipe is one of the most amazing Indonesian dishes. Simple to make, yet absolutely perfect on the plate.

Recipe created by Michiel.

3. Ayam Penyet (Spicy Indonesian Penyet Chicken)

This spicy Indonesian penyet chicken, or ‘Ayam Penyet’, is famous for its super high-level spiciness. It is quick to prepare; once you learn the technique you will be making it on a regular basis.

Recipe created by Piggy Out.

4. Nasi Goreng

If you like fried rice, you can’t miss the Indonesian and Malay version called nasi goreng. It is cooked with a chili paste consisting of bird’s-eye chili, shallot, garlic, belacan (a local shrimp paste), and anchovies.

Recipe created by KP Kwan.

5. Roti Canai

Roti canai (pronunciation tʃanai) or roti cane (pronunciation tʃane) is a type of Indian-influenced flatbread found in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

Recipe created by Citra.

Indonesian Dishes

6. Gado Gado Bowl

A national Indonesian dish that is bright and packed full of flavour. The name means a ‘mix mix’ of vegetables and rice in a thick peanut sauce. Feel free to also add whatever vegetable your heart desires, as the peanut sauce goes well with just about everything.

Recipe created by Jannell.

Indonesian Dishes

7. Nasi Kuning Komplit

The spiced tempeh is well seasoned: salty, sweet yet spicy with a hint of acidity from tamarind. This recipe use a sambal with garlic, shallot, chilli, and diced tomato; slowly reduced it to intensify the flavour.

Recipe created by Jon.

Indonesian Dishes

Planning on visiting the country? Check out 7 Top Tips For Island Hopping In Indonesia.

Big 7 Travel Team