Indonesia Inquiry

For the Foodies Out There

June 22, 2011 Cooking and Food Travel & Living Abroad 0

When it comes to food, Indonesians typically love to eat and cook and talk about food and host and share and teach and learn.  Indonesia is a lovely place for foodies.  Please find below food-related resources and information of potential interest.


BOOKS:

* The Jakarta Good Food Guide by Laksmi Pamuntjak is really useful for finding different kinds of food, ambiance, and price ranges.

DELICACIES:

* Durian and Mangosteens (types of fruit): http://www.proscitech.com.au/trop/d.htm

DISCOUNTS:

* Check local upscale hotels in your area if  living in Jakarta for evening discounts at their bakeries.  For example, in years past the pastries and breads are 50% off after 7pm at Hotel Nikko in Jakarta (except on Sundays).

ETIQUETTE:

* Indonesians usually eat with a spoon in the right hand and a fork in the left hand OR without utensils and instead use their right hand to ball up food and push the food slightly with their thumb into their mouths.

* Avoid picking up or serving food and drinks with the left hand.

* If you are a guest, wait until the host gives an indication to begin eating.  If you are a host, inform the guests it is okay to start eating by saying “Selamat makan!”

* It is acceptable to bring a host a small gift such as sweets or fruit.  Avoid bringing alcohol such as wine or beer unless you know the host well and that he/she drinks alcohol.

FOOD-BORNE ILLNESSES:

* Drink plenty of water and/or es kelapa muda (fresh young coconut juice) to ease sickness symptoms and keep your body hydrated.

* Avoid foods, especially meats (e.g., from lunch or snack boxes), that have been sitting out in the hot sun for many hours.

* Try to avoid dishes that have mayonnaise as an ingredient.

RECIPES & BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

* http://asiarecipe.com/indonesia.html

* http://www.baliguide.com/balifood/basic_recipes.html

* http://www.indochef.com/

* http://www.hawaii.edu/indolang/masakan.html

* Portal of many recipe links: http://www.archaeolink.com/indonesia_cooking_anthropology_o.htm (click on the Indonesia country link)

TRADITIONS:

* One Perspective of What Indonesians Eat: http://indonesia.elga.net.id/indoway/food.html

* Javanese Slametan: The Javanese often hold slametan (ceremonies) for special occasions such as anniversaries of deceased family members, going-away parties, and opening ceremonies for business or performances.  Nasi kuning (yellow rice) with accompanying meats and veggies are a highlight of slametan.