First, I’d like to point out that my foodie adventures do not include everything that I eat while traveling (that would be a lot of photos considering I spent 11 days in Indonesia and typically eat three meals a day) and would be long for me to write and for you to read. Instead, it highlights some of the meals I’ve consumed. I’d also like to point out that while I enjoy indulging in local cuisines, food like pasta plays an essential role in my everyday life and diet while I am at home and therefore it is impossible for me to go three weeks without eating any pasta. So, while my foodie adventure posts will highlight some of the best local dishes I have enjoyed, they will also feature some delicious non-local meals (so basically, there will be at least one pasta dish featured).
I have to say, Indonesian is not one of my favorite Asian cuisines, let alone one of my favorite cuisines period. I usually judge this by whether or not I continue to eat that cuisine when I get home. I guess its just not something that I’m used to eating/have grown up eating and a lot of the places we ate at the food was of poor quality (but the meals cost like $1-2 CAD). Maybe if I’d eaten better quality dishes, I would have a better opinion of Indonesian food. Nonetheless, I did eat some meals which I very much enjoyed and that’s why there are pictures of those ones (and no pictures of the ones that I didn’t enjoy).
So, the first meal I ate in Indonesia, more specifically in Yogyakarta, was tempeh (along with rice and a couple of other things I can’t remember). It was served to us by our lovely guesthouse staff at Laura’s Backpacker (booked via Hostel World), because they would feed us every day and at every meal if we wanted to. I’d never eaten tempeh before, so it was interesting. I guess it’s very similar to tofu, in that it doesn’t taste much, but it’s definitely harder.
The first meal I purchased was, I believe, called murbarak. According to Wikipedia, this is a dish that is commonly found in Saudi Arabia, but is also found and eaten throughout: Indonesia, Singapore, Yemen, Malaysia and a few others. The ingredients vary by location, but basically its like a panfried and crispy crêpe, stuffed with minced meat (mine were beef), egg and green onions. This was sooo yummy (but quite greasy) that I ate it three days in a row. After three days, my liver told me to stop (plus it was time to leave Yogyakarta). They reminded me a lot of gözleme, which I ate in the Fremantle market back in Perth when I lived there for my uni exchange (the concept is similar).
Once I left the girls and headed off on my own to the Gilis, I decided to treat myself (and satisfy my craves), a lot. For two and a half days, I ate plenty of pasta, pizza and other western dishes. The best meal I had was these crab raviolis, which were delicious.
Here’s for something on the traditional side, but I don’t remember what it was called. It was basically some type of chicken based soup, with a mixture of vegetables in it. It was served with a plate of rice, which I added to the soup. It was very tasty.
In Ubud, we checked out one of the typical coffee plantations, where they cultivate and sell the world’s most expensive coffee bean (it’s ridiculous). And guess how it’s made? The coffee beans are consumed by a fella named civet cat and once he’s digested and pooped out the beans, well, there you have it (for more info, check this website out). World’s most expensive coffee. We got to sample it (for $5 USD – cheaper than if you get it anywhere else in the world), along with a variety of other deliciously brewed coffees and teas.
My last local meal in Indonesia was a type of stir fry with vegetables and chicken, which was tasty and spicy. This was one of my favorite local dishes that I ate (along with the murbarak).
A special mention goes to a delicious dessert we ate (for breakfast, so maybe it was brekky?) which were green crêpes with a coconut filling – soo yummy! Unfortunately, there’s no picture. Turns out there aren’t very many foodie photos of my time in Indonesia, as I ate a lot of Western food (my bad), sometimes ate street food and couldn’t catch it on film or just ate the same thing 3 days in a row. Nonetheless, some meals were delcicious, like the stir fry I had in Ubud and the murbarak, which is a must try!!
UP NEXT: Recipe time!
*All photos are mine (or taken by someone with my device)