Asia is the largest continent and is indeed progressing, as the centre of gravity of world’s economy is inclining towards Asia, that is because of its’ ever increasing tourism. Tourists usually show interest in visiting Asia because of its’ vast culture and traditions. Food is also a vital part of the tourism and there is no other place than Southeast Asia to enjoy the food and tempt the taste buds. Southeast Asia cuisine has a variety of food varying from simple, spices and sometimes unusual. Indonesian cuisine holds a special place in the Southeast Asian cuisine because of its’ variety and diverse dishes range.
Indonesia is consisting of over 19,000 islands, so there is nothing to astonish at that why there is diverse range of dishes. Cloves and nutmeg as the native spices turns the food into a delightful experience that one will crave for it months after.
Food eating habits is like a social activity in Indonesia as not only they enjoy the mealtime but also consume a variety of snacks whenever they feel hunger. They love to offer the food to others who just came for the meet up. It is very indecorous act if someone does not present some kind of snacks and drinks to an invited or unexpected guest. The instant snack specially prepared for extending the meal is asdadar telor (omelet). Particularly, the meal is served on the floor covered with a woven mat. It is really liked to eat with the fingers as its’ their thought that food become more tastier in this way.
On regular basis, the Indonesian-style family meal contains boiled white rice along with three to four complementary dishes. Soup is the main food item which usually served before almost every meal. On special occasion or on the arrival of guests the number of associated dishes is extended to large quantities. Indonesians are best at hospitality, a variety of dishes are served to the guests to give them the better choice to eat and enjoy.
Rice as a staple food:
Rice is the basic and essential part of the Indonesian food. The people of Indonesia are much fond of the rice that they can use it twice to thrice a day. It is a thought there in Indonesia if you haven’t taken rice with the meal that means you haven’t eaten anything. Most of the time Indonesians like to eat white rice that are steamed but on traditional or celebration(salamaten) days nasi kuning (special yellow rice) are served which cone shaped mound dressed ornately garnished and escorted by side dishes on a large platter. The yellow colour is given to the rice by adding turmeric and coconut oil.
The food is different for different regions of the Indonesia. Some of the most popular dishes are:
- The national meal which is consumed allover in Indonesia is Nasi Goreng, it is orange-colored fried rice a simple and tasty dish.
- Vegetarian special dish is Gado-Gado which is a perfect blend of stir-fried vegetables with sweet and thick peanut sauce.
Tempeh is another famous Indonesian dish in which fermented soybeans are compacted into cakes to make a solid-textured tofu giving a nutty taste. It is used a meat substitute and are consumed as a slices.