Our guide to Indonesian street food

Posted · 3rd March 2015
 Indonesian street food

Indonesian Street Food Dishes

Packed with intense flavours and spices like cloves and nutmeg, Indonesian street food is one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world. With Indonesia’s long history as a land of spices; it seems only natural that the local street food fuses local ingredients with traditional cooking styles to create something spectacular!

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Indonesian Street Food

Traditional Indonesian Street Food

With over 5,000 traditional Indonesian recipes, 30 are considered the most important and have a variety of influences from Middle Eastern to Chinese and Polynesian cuisines.

In fact, street food in Indonesia has become so important that The Indonesian Government has ordered officials to eat local street food at meetings!

We’ve picked out some of the most popular Indonesian dishes here and created some exciting Indonesian recipes for you to try at home too including; Indonesian Kicap Tofu, Indonesian Tofu in Coconut, Indonesian Bakso with Tofu and Indonesian Martabak with Tofu

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Indonesia’s most popular street food dishes

Nasi Goreng is as close to a national dish as you can get in Indonesia. A plate of stirred fried rice complemented with eggs, prawns (or tofu as a good vegetarian substitute), chilli and vegetables. If you’re interested in making your own Nasi Goreng, then why not check out our beginner’s guide to Indonesia’s national dish

Tahu & Tempe Goreng

Tahu (tofu) and tempe (a soya bean product, similar to tofu, especially popular on the island of Java) are daily must-haves on any Indonesian menu. Tempe and tofu are high in protein and reasonably priced. Fry the tofu or tempe, serve with a scoop of rice and a dash of sweet soy sauce for a popular Indonesian breakfast dish.


This is one of Indonesian’s traditional dishes and a very popular choice among street food vendors. The main ingredients are lontong or ketupat (compressed rice cake), tofu, rice vermicelli, bean sprouts, and then mixed with thick and sweet peanut sauce.

Petai beans

You’ll see these everywhere in markets and they are definitely something of an acquired taste. Some say they smell like durian but they are highly popular in Southeast Asia and are often chopped up and added to stir fries.

For more information on Indonesian cooking, check out the top 30 must-try Indonesian dishes from BuzzFeed

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