Indonesia is an archipelago, or a country that is split between a number of islands, that lies in both the Indian and Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful country to visit, with dozens of amazing beaches and beautiful volcanoes to visit. Each island has a big of a different feel, but all of them welcome tourists with open arms. Adventurers will love the islands for their beauty and wilds, and those looking for a relaxing vacation can find it in Indonesia as well.
Indonesian cuisine is extremely diverse, which makes sense because of the wide majority of different islands that makes up the country. Indonesia has always been involved in trade, which means that the culture has always been one to use ingredients that are not native to the islands. Visitors to the country need to know that most meals are eaten with the fork held in the left hand, and the spoon held in the right hand.
Like many Asian countries, rice is a staple and is included in most meals. Most often rice is eaten plain with a protein and vegetable dish on the side. Sometimes it is steamed in coconut leaves, in a process that is called ketupat, or is made with rice wine.
There are a number of traditional dishes that are very popular on many islands in Indonesia. One dish that is found on a number of menus is Nasi goreng. Nasi goreng is a fried rice that is made with a number of different ingredients. Sometimes fried crackers and chips are added to the fried rice, while other times leftovers from the evening before are added and the dish is eaten for breakfast. When the cook replaces rice with noodles, it is called mee goring, and is often eaten for lunch or dinner.
Rendang is a dish that is both refreshing and filling. It is used by the tribal people as a ceremonial dish and is often served only during festivities. It is created when beef is cooked with coconut milk and other spices over several hours. The liquid disappears and the meat begins to fry. After the meat is fried, the dish can be either served or saved, under refrigeration, for a few months. It is often served with a rice cake.
Sayur asem is also a popular dish that is offered at the beginning of a meal. It is a soup dish that has a number of vegetables, such as long beans, peanuts, bilimbi and corn. The dish becomes very sour and is considered to be extremely refreshing at the beginning of a meal. Another soup dish that is served at the beginning of a meal is called soto. This dish has a chicken broth, chicken or pork, and vegetables in it. It is similar to a Western-style chicken soup, but can be created with beef instead of chicken.