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Indonesia: Recipes and Cuisine

Indonesian satay vendor

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Indonesia — a vast archipelago often called the Spice Islands — sits at the crossroads of many cultures. Indian, Chinese, Malay, Dutch, Portuguese — all these culinary traditions have influenced the cooking of Indonesia. From snowy mountains to steamy rainforest, Indonesian cuisine is marked by a use of bold spices and herbs, the calming creaminess of coconut milk and the sweet touch of palm sugar.

Rice is the most common starch in Indonesia, supplemented by a variety of rice and wheat noodles. A variety of vegetables are simmered in stews or tossed in cooling salads. Mild and spicy sauces, called sambals, add flavor to most dishes.

Typical Indonesian Dishes

Indonesian Recipes

Try these recipes from Indonesia.

Satay Ayam

Satay Ayam (Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut sauce)

(Indonesian chicken skewers with peanut sauce)

Mie Goreng

Mie Goreng (Indonesian stir-fried noodles with vegetables)

(Indonesian stir-fried noodles with vegetables)

Gado Gado

Gado gado Indonesian vegetable salad

(Indonesian vegetable salad with peanut sauce)


Sweet potatoes

(Indonesian sweet potato puffs)


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