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…
* The Jakarta Good Food Guide by Laksmi Pamuntjak is really useful for finding different kinds of food, ambiance, and price ranges.
* Durian and Mangosteens (types of fruit): http://www.proscitech.com.au/trop/d.htm
* 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).
* 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.
* 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:
* Portal of many recipe links: http://www.archaeolink.com/indonesia_cooking_anthropology_o.htm (click on the Indonesia country link)
* 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.