Top 10 Favorite Indonesian Cuisine

Being Indonesian, I love Indonesian foods and being a country of so many tribes and islands, you bet there are plenty of  different kinds of food here that Anthony Bourdain from No Reservations did an episode  in Jakarta and Bali. Andrew Zimmerman was here too but my favorite gotta be Anthony Bourdain – he’s just so cool like that.

With no particular order, here are my Top 10 Favorite Indonesian Cuisine

1. Mie Ti Ti (Makassar Fried Noodle) : This is a traditional fried noodle from Makassar – the place where I was born – What makes the noddle so special is the way they fried the noodle first it is super crunchy and crispy. Then you pour the vegetable mix on top of it, mix it and enjoy!

Makassar Noodle

2. Nasi Campur Kenanga (Kenanga Mixed Rice): This pork laden feast is just heaven! The rice is cooked Hainan style so it does have a Chinese influence. Losely translated Nasi Campur means Mixed Rice. I had a really bad craving for this when I was pregnant but failed to make it because I can’t track down the recipe.

Kenanga Mixed Rice

3. Sate Lilit (Wrapped Satay): This is a Balinese cuisine. Made out of minced fish (or fish paste) and shrimps also other ingredients then usually wrapped around a lemon grass to be grilled to perfection (usually by a charcoal grill) or you can use regular sticks. Recipe from my friend, Dhi can be found here.

4. Coto Makassar (Makassar Stew): This is another signature dish of Makassar. Traditionally it will include beef and some cow’s intestine parts – which I had avoid due to its cholesterol levels – and opted for the meat only. Eaten with ketupat (rice cakes), it really is delicious despite the intestine parts.

Coto Makassar

5. Seafoods: This is also famous because there are so many different kind of seafood cuisine from grilled fish to grilled shrimps in Indonesia. My favorite is anything that is charcoal grilled!

6. Rendang (Slow cooked spicy beef): Originated from Padang, Sumatra, this is a signature dish. It takes forever to cook and weirdly enough, the longer it is kept (in the fridge) the better they taste – after of course you reheated it. They almost looks like a beef curry.Beef Rendang

7. Lontong Sayur (Vegetables in Coconut Milk with Rice Cake): Usually served as breakfast, this is quite a wholesome meal that’s delicious. It consist of tofu, chayotes, young jack-fruits, sometimes tempe cooked in coconut milk and served with cut up rice cakes.

Lontong Sayur

8. Nasi Uduk (Scented Coconut Rice): This rice smells so fragrant and you eat it fried chickens, eggs, tempe and tofu or just about anything you wants with really.

Nasi Uduk

9. Ayam Rica-Rica (Manadonese Spicy Chicken): This one is my husband’s favorite really. Coming from Manado, this cuisine is not only delicious but the spicy-ness will keeps you wanting more.

Ayam rica-rica

10. Tempe: I love tempe! Tempe is made from fermented soybeans and here in Indonesia, there are so many kinds varieties on how to cook them. From deep crispy fried to spicy chili loaded ones. Pepy have a recipe for the same picture below.


Curious to see Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Indonesia? I found the videos on Youtube and here’s one of them:

PS: Thanks Pepy from Indonesia Eat for allowing me to link to her recipe blog. Seriously check out her blog – I dare you not to drool 😀

Thanks Dhi from Cooking Etcetera for her recipe and fantastic picture as well! Besides an awesome cook, a mad talent on photography, she’s also a web designer! She did my first blog design which I love so much I still use the Tatter Scoop header she created last year.




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  1. Nicola
    August 6, 2010 / 9:03 pm

    Wow – my mouth is watering just reading this! Beef Rendang is one of my favourites. But where are the Curry Puffs? : )
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:19 pm

      LOL thanks Nicola!
      We eat the Beef Rendang with white rice 😀

  2. August 6, 2010 / 10:26 pm

    Oh, MY! One…Love Anthony…he is cool like that! Two…my mouth is watering…mmmmm.

    Stopping by from BlogFrog and 31DBBB! Congrats on Blog of the Day!! Great site!
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:27 pm

      I love him too! 😀 He’s just the most relax tv host ever.

      Thanks Kelly! You’re so sweet!

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks Meredith! 😀

  3. August 6, 2010 / 11:15 pm

    Oh, wonderful!!!! Please tell me your little boys favorite..

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:29 pm

      Thanks, Alexandra! My son is a soup fanatic hahaha he loves our traditional soups – now if only he would eat the veggies that comes with it, life would be perfect 😀

  4. August 6, 2010 / 11:43 pm

    Wow! Now I’m hungry all over again… although I’d probably pass on the cow intestines too.

    What kind of material holds the rice in #4 & #8? So pretty.
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:33 pm

      LOL yeah those intestines…they’re bad bad bad for you.

      For #4 the Ketupat (rice cakes) they weaved coconut leaves into a diamond shape then people pour the rice in them then cook it. For #8, it’s a fold up banana leaves. People use banana leaves a lot in their cooking here 😀

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:34 pm

      Hi Patricia, thank you so much and thanks for stopping by 😀

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:35 pm

      Whenever you’re in town I’ll bring all of them for ya, girl! 😉

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:37 pm

      Me too Gem, I could totally live off of them lol 😀

  5. August 7, 2010 / 3:32 am

    Wow, everything sounds delicious and some of these pictures are gorgeous! Mmmm…
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:38 pm

      Thank you Jennie! 🙂

  6. August 7, 2010 / 4:03 am

    You just made me incredibly hungry. Where did you find all of those beautiful pics? I’m a vegetarian so the rice, noodles, and tempe look incredible. I’m going to look at that recipe! Thank you!

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:43 pm

      LOL sorry, Erin 😛

      Some of the pictures are mine, the one with Multiply copyright took them with my point & shot the first time I came home after living in the States lol – some were taken by my brother for his work and two are from my friend 😀

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:44 pm

      LOL oh yeah I’ve been craving those myself – the Balinese satay, it’s been too long!

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:47 pm

      LOL if you’re closer I’d be over with some of these stuffs 😉

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 1:47 pm

      Ooooh I heart nasi lemak too! 😀

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:13 pm

      Oh yeah that’s my favorite part…the poor camera man and Anthony’s words hahaha. He just rocks!

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Melissa! 😀 Hope you’ll get to try some there if you have any Indonesian restaurant nearby

  7. August 7, 2010 / 6:00 am

    Oh, my gosh, everything looks SO SO SO good!! I’ve added your blog to my reader. I can’t wait to go look at all your other posts. I love Indonesian food!
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:16 pm

      Hi Serene, thank you so much! 😀 My Google friend connect is still being funky and I have no idea how to fix it (yet) but hopefully it’ll work again soon. Will go check out your blog now too.

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:17 pm

      Thank you so much, Maria! 😀
      It is a little hard to duplicate the authentic taste when you’re abroad unless of course you have all the ingredients lol

  8. August 7, 2010 / 8:21 am

    oh no why did I visit. im starving and these are such beautiful pictures of delicious looking food :O(
    Looks great now please come over and feed me!
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:22 pm

      lol thank you Veronica! 😀 Would love to share some with you if I’m closer.

  9. August 7, 2010 / 8:24 am

    The fried noodle and the spicy beef sound amazing. I will definitely try them and I’m glad you decided to post recipes today! Stopping by, and also because of the #31DBBB!

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:26 pm

      Hi Michele, thank you for stopping by. I have always been meaning to check your blog because your tweets always entertains me and you’ve been crackin me up a lot there!

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:30 pm

      Thank you for visiting from SITS and leaving me your comment luv 😀 Appreciate your kind words!

  10. August 7, 2010 / 8:46 am

    I am officially drooling! I have never had Indonesian food, and am scared of heat/spice. My bland Dutch American palate can’t handle it, but these roods look delicious!! See? Again, reason #39485 why I need to come visit!
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:33 pm

      Hahahaha this is why I love you, Katie! You’re so cool!
      Don’t worry tho’ there are some foods that are not spicy/hot…believe me my Dad can’t stomach anything spicy and he survived hahaha.
      Oh and you’re on my bucket list too, girl!

  11. August 7, 2010 / 9:58 am

    3. Sate Lilit (Wrapped Satay) look really yummy to me.
    What amazing photos. Loving your blog more and more
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:36 pm

      The Sate Lilit picture is not mine, it’s my friends 😀 Do check out her blogs she have plenty of recipes to make everyone drool and her pictures are to die for 😀

      Thanks for stopping by, Jane!

  12. August 7, 2010 / 10:26 am

    that’s it, I’m coming to visit and eat my way through Indonesia with ya! YUM! and I just ate, not even hungry but still YUM!!

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:37 pm

      Hahaha Kerry, you are always welcome here, girl! 😀 Just let me know and I’ll pick you up in a heartbeat!

  13. August 7, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    Moooo!!! You make me hungry! :p I have never tried mi titi.. I’ll give it a go sometime when I see one 🙂 but yes.. I was lucky enough to have ever tried cotto makassar in it’s original place, the one behind the sea port (forgot the name of the warung). Super yum! 😀 Great topic, makes me love my country even more 🙂 If I may add, my one fave food is Javanese Nasi Liwet 🙂 yum… Have a great weekend!

    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:42 pm

      Coto Makassar Nusantara right? Yep! That’s the best place to get it in Makassar for sure. 😀
      You should try Mie Ti Ti, they have some in Kelapa Gading the best one would be at Ateng Restaurant. The place is small but so delicious as good as the ones in Makassar – you can ask for the halal one too 😀
      Oooh I love nasi liwet too! Hope you are enjoying your weekend too.

      • August 9, 2010 / 5:27 pm

        Yep yep … Nusantara. Just re-cheked with the photo I took on scene .. hi hi hi 😀
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:43 pm

      They are super good, Liz 😀

  14. August 8, 2010 / 2:33 am

    omg that all looks so good. now i have to go get foods somewhere. LOL
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    • Maureen
      August 8, 2010 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you, Jenny 😀

  15. MamaOnDaGo
    August 8, 2010 / 9:43 pm

    That tempe and coconut rice looks & sound good! You know I have this weird food addiction? I decided to write about it. I think it’s sort of normal but you never know. 🙂

  16. August 13, 2010 / 10:53 am

    Yen, blog layout loe makin keyeeeeeeeeennnnnn! Gw suka banget.
    Makasih ya posting gw dipilih disini. Oyaaaaa… itu Mie Titi bikin gw penasaran. Katanya enak banget, sampe skarang blum pernah nyobain. Bikin ah kapan2.

  17. August 14, 2010 / 12:45 pm

    Oh finally i found another Indonesian blog here… Tempe, coto makasar, rendang and seafood alwys be my forever fave meal 😀

  18. December 6, 2010 / 1:50 am

    Thanks for linking my blog! I love mie titi as I have some good friends from Makasar who used to bring this to Bogor for me as oleh-oleh. In fact, mie titi is the only food that haven’t posted on my blog.
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  19. May 28, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    waaa the most delicious is mendoan ~
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