Di jalan-jalanku In my streets Edition

Your fool-proof guide to the most popular delectables from the roads of Indonesia

By Vriddhi Kumthekar

Published: Tue 17 Aug 2021, 12:00 AM

There is never a shortage of elegant dine-in restaurants, but nothing matches the street hawkers, who attract foodies like a magnet owing to the fragrant fragrance of the street food, the manner it is cooked, and the fact that it is both good in flavour and affordable. Visitors are frequently spoiled when visiting Indonesia because it is a massive center for all food enthusiasts; here are the primary street food items to try! If you haven't tried them, you won't be able to appreciate the authenticity of the street cuisine.

Nasi Goreng or the fried rice, is a local favourite. This rice dish has shredded omelet, pork, prawns, shallots, and vegetables, as well as a great blend of many Indonesian spices. This variation of nasi goreng mixes Middle Eastern and Indian spices to create a one-of-a-kind mixture of Nasi Goreng Kebuli that is a must-try for all spice enthusiasts out there.


Sate Padang is a traditional Indonesian street dish consisting of succulent beef cubes wrapped around skewers and cooked over hot charcoal. The rich spicy sauce and tender beef cooked in a mixture of lemongrass and shallots, among other popular ingredients, set it apart.


Pisang Goreng is a fried banana with a high batter-to-banana ratio, which gives it a highly crunchy and crispy taste. The banana has a sour taste on the inside and a creamy and crispy texture on the outside, making it a wonderful little evening snack.

Bakso also known as baso, is an Indonesian meatball made with beef surimi. It has the texture of a Chinese beef ball, fish ball, or pork ball. The term bakso can refer to either a single meatball or the entire meal of meatball soup.


Nasi Campur translates to ‘meat rice’. It isn't something spectacular, but rather a simple meal that can rapidly fill your belly and can be found in every nook and cranny. This dish includes rice as well as a variety of side options. These include chicken, beef, and duck, among others. One plate of Nasi Campur includes rice, your choice of meat, and a plethora of vegetables.


Martabak also known as the King of Indonesian Street Food, comes in two varieties: savoury and sweet. The savoury martabak is constructed of white wheat dough packed with eggs and your choice of meat, such as beef, chicken, or mutton. The Martabak is then fried, sliced into squares, and topped with chilies and coriander before being served hot with a spicy curry dip. The sweet version on the other hand also known as Martabak Manis, is a pancake with toppings like as vanilla, chocolate chips, peanuts, sprinkles, Nutella, and so on. It's the ideal dessert for a stroll after a wonderful supper.


Siomay is a Chinese-inspired dumpling made with mackerel fish, which can be replaced with meats or shrimp. It comes with steamed tofu, cabbage, boiled eggs, and a choice of peanut or chili sauce. If you enjoy dumplings, this is a must-try recipe that can be found at nearly every food booth.


Soto Betawi a savoury soup, is another popular Indonesian street meal among locals. While most Indonesian Soto meals have a clear broth, Soto Betawi features a thick creamy broth composed largely of coconut milk. Meat, shallots, lemongrass, and Indonesian spices are also included. This traditional favorite tastes great with condiments.


Pempek is a Sumatran dish composed of fish and sago or tapioca. Cuko is a black, viscous sauce consisting primarily of chili, pepper, garlic, sugar, and vinegar. Pempek comes in a variety of flavours, but Pempek Kapal Selam is one of the most popular. Because the entire chicken egg is wrapped inside the cake, it is also known as a 'egg nested fish cake'.


Gado Gado is one of the healthiest foods available on Indonesian streets, and vegetarians vouch for it. It's a medley of greens and tofu, drizzled with a rich spicy peanut sauce, and topped with sliced eggs, fried onions, and prawn crackers. Even though it seems like a side salad, the natives eat it as a main course.


The list of street food provided above demonstrates that Indonesia is a culturally varied nation in terms of its cuisines, with a trace of Chinese influence. This list, while not complete, includes the most popular foods that everyone enjoys. The plethora of rich flavours in Indonesian cuisine are sure to take you on an enthralling gastronomical trip and are something to look forward to.

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