1. Sweet martabakThick, fluffy pancake stuffed with grated cheese and sticky nutella is the answer for every traveller with a sweet tooth! The thin, egg-like batter is cooked slowly until the center starts puffing up like tiny bubbles. Then, it's laden with a generous spread of margarine, before a layer of chocolate sprinkles and grind cheese come into the mix. If you think the sinful pleasure stops there, you may want to think again ?
2. Kerak telorYou've drooled over something sweet, so how about trying something spicy now? ? This omelette is fried with glutinous rice and cooked with either duck or chicken egg.
3. Kuih pukis
Certainly experts on all things sweet, you'll love this for sure. From the classic chocolate sprinkles to the more interesting choices like roasted peanuts with sugar and strawberry jam, choose how you want your kuih pukis to taste. Moulded in a long, square baking pan, the batter is set to rest for two hours, letting the ingredients sit in thoroughly. If you wish to try this but has no patience to wait by your oven, then all you've got to do is head down to Indonesia for some of this ?
This coconut milk cake can even be filled with pandan! We can only imagine how aromatic that must have smelt ?
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4. Bakso beranak
The inception of food has arrived! This meatball in a giant meatball dish is so unique and creative, we can't help but be amazed by its creation. While bakso is commonly eaten throughout Indonesia, this variation is such an interesting modification from the original ?
We find this the best dish to share with your pals! Enjoy the bakso like locals do, and you'll fall in love with Indonesia all over again ?
5. Pisang keju
You'll go bananas for this! Deep fried in a batter and topped with cheese, condensed milk, chocolate or even ice-cream, this is yet another simple dish that will linger on your tastebuds long after you're done chowing them down. The sweetened milk and shredded cheese perfectly aligns that sweet-salty balance! One bite is all it takes to change you into a banana fritters person ?
Indonesians love to throw off the norms and challenge themselves, even when it comes to food. Look at this burst of rainbow on something as classic as banana fritters!
6. Mpek-mpek (or pempek)
This dish that hails from Palembang is made from fish and tapioca. Served with a rich sweet-sour dressing (i.e vinegar sauce), it's perfect for an afternoon snack. If it doesn't seem enough, add on yellow noodles to your plate, just like how some locals do ?
This fishcake dough can be moulded in different shapes and sizes, with all sorts of ingredients. Try from the ball-shaped adaan to the cylindrical lenjer or even the charcoal-grilled pempek with ebi, sweet soy sauce and chilli sauce. A flavourful of explosion indeed!
7. Tahu gejrot
Think tahu goreng (fried tofu), only spicier! This popular dish is served with a thin and watery dressing made of palm sugar, vinegar and sweet soy sauce. Indulge in this savoury dish filled with ground garlic, shallots and devilishly strong chilli. Do we hear you calling for water yet? ?
Like other easy-to-cook delicacies that taste out of this world, this tofu fix guarantees a taste of Indonesia you'll not forget.
8. Roti bakarGrilled toast sounds like the homely breakfast meal that'll always hold a special place in us. Topped with cheese and chocolate, this easy dish goes straight into our hearts (and stomachs)! Indonesians love their toasted bread so much, there's practically a filling for everything ?
The seblak gives off a chewy texture, with a piquant taste. The traditional Indonesian crackers, krupuk, is either boiled or stir fried with scrambled eggs, vegetables, chicken, prawn or beef sausages, while the mix of chilli, sweet soy sauce, garlic and shallot bring on the spice factor.
Popular in city areas like Bandung and Jakarta, it's both filling and delicious, letting you start your busy day right ?
The best food isn't necessarily the finest nor most exquisite. In fact, the dishes that sneak its way into our hearts are those we find right by the corner. While the delicacies on this list may simply be street snacks you can find anywhere in Indonesia, the pure tastiness of these local favourites are what will make you truly adore Indonesian delights ❤️