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Common Indonesian Dishes Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

As a sprawling archipelago nation composed of 17,000 islands, it should come as no surprise that the cuisine of Indonesia is quite diverse. Each island has its own unique ingredients, cooking methods, and specialties. That being said, there are definitely some common Indonesian dishes that you’ll find all across the country. No matter where you are, you’re never too far away from a warung cooking up Indonesian classics like nasi goreng and gado-gado. If you’re traveling in Indonesia, take this list of common dishes with you and eat the local stuff – you won’t be sorry!

Common Indonesian Dishes

Common Indonesian Dishes

So much good food in Indonesia!

Here are 25 common Indonesian dishes that will ensure you’ll never go hungry on your trip:


nasi goreng

nasi campur

mie goreng




mie ayam


cap cay


bubur ayam




ayam goreng

bebek goreng




pepes ikan

ikan bakar

pecel lele


babi guling



fried rice

mixed rice

fried noodles

chili sauce

meatball soup

meat soup

chicken noodles

vegetables with peanut sauce

stir-fried vegetables

meat skewers

chicken porridge

steamed stuffed buns

dim sum/dumplings

fried crepe

fried chicken

fried duck

beef stew

jackfruit stew

Indonesian curries

fish steamed in banana leaf

grilled fish

fried catfish

rendang (curry)

roast suckling pig

fried foods


They say seeing is believing, so here are some pictures of a lot of these common Indonesian dishes to get your mouth watering:

nasi goreng dan bakso


mie goreng

soto ayam

sate babi

pepes ikan

nasi campur

ikan bakar



babi guling



Are you ready to drop everything and book a one-way ticket to Indonesia now? Doesn’t that all just look delicious? While Indonesian cuisine is often overlooked by other Asian powerhouses such as Chinese and Thai, as you can see there’s no shortage of tasty things on the menu there. Now study that vocabulary list and eat some awesome Indonesian food!

Have you ever had Indonesian food before? What’s your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.