I hate to admit it, but we weren't as adventurous with Indonesian food as we should have been. By the time we got to Indonesia we were missing food from home and craving salads after weeks of fried foods in Malaysia, so we gravitated more towards Western restaurants. But here are a few things we tried...
Nasi goreng is probably the most famous Indonesian dish. Fried rice with a variety of extras thrown in (veggies, chilli, chicken etc.), usually with a fried egg on top. We ate this a lot, it's a super cheap, filling and tasty meal. No one can cook fried rice like the Indonesians!
This is the dish that I ate most often in Indonesia. Grilled chicken skewers, spicy, sweet peanut sauce and a side of fluffy rice. In six weeks, we never had a bad one!
The best way to describe this is if pot noodle was really delicious. It's often a cheap meal made with instant noodles, but a nice comfort food.
Black rice pudding
This is so good. Rice pudding as we know it, but with coconut cream. A really great pudding that's equal parts familiar and exotic.
Tempeh is a soy product that originates from Indonesia. It's now a vegetarian staple around the world, but we hadn't tried it until we arrived. It's in a lot of dishes here (can you spot it in the nasi campur below?), and even made into crisps. This is something we will continue eating, and I much prefer the texture to tofu.
This is a great dish if you're indecisive or just want a little of everything. Rice, fried egg, chicken curry, beans and sprouts, chicken skewers, tempeh, tofu and sambal (chilli sauce) all for 30 rupiah (£1.50).
There are so many more things that we didn't try, but what we did have, we loved and we'll be back to try the rest.
If you're headed to Bali, you can also try the most expensive coffee in the world!