Top 7 Indonesian Dishes Names All The Time – Learn The Vocabulary

Hi! Feel hungry yet? Want to try Indonesian food? Nice choice!

Indonesia is known to have many good places and tasty dishes. As you have known, Indonesia is an archipelago that consist of many provinces and every province has its own dishes . Can you count how many Indonesian dishes then? Yes, there are lots haha

What are Indonesian dishes that you have heard? Nasi Goreng and Rendang? Yes they are great, but there are more of tasty food in Indonesia. Let us introduce you a few dishes name in Indonesia. But before, please prepare your eyes belly as we will tell you Indonesian dishes names with glorious taste all the time


Chosen as the Best Food in CNN’s World’s 50 Best Foods published on 12th July 201, Rendang has been recognized as the best food for its taste. Rendang is a spicy beef that rich in spices. The term rendang itself is refer to method of slow cooking, meats will slowly cooked in coconut milk and spices until meat tender and absorb all ingredients.

A perfect combination of Indonesian spices found by Minangkabau. This is sure one of the must tried food when you’re alive. You may also read about Indonesian Words for Food

Nasi Goreng

Craving for some rice? Let us tell you a special fried rice in Indonesia called nasi goreng. Nasi goreng is a fried rice  that combine with egg, chicken, prawns, vegetables.

Unlike another fried rice, Indonesian often put some spices and ketchup in ingredients which makes it more delicious, aromatic and smoky flavor. You will easily find this dish in Indonesia both day and night since there are lots of fried rice carts in Indonesia.  You may also read about How to Order Food in Restaurant in Indonesian Language

Nasi Padang

Love to eat many foods at once? This will be a great choice for you! Nasi padang can be found at Padang restaurant in Indonesia. It is a steamed rice served with various choices of pre-cooked dishes originated from Padang. You will be served more than 15 dishes at once and you can choose whatever dish you want to eat. Ah! You can find rendang in here too.

But there are so many dishes that have equal taste with it like dendeng, gulai, sambal, etc. Just come to Padang restaurant and say “saya mau makan” (I want to eat) and they will served it for you.  You may also read about Indonesian Phrases for Ordering Food

Nasi Uduk

This is another type of rice in Indonesia. It is a steamed rice cooked in coconut milk originally from Betawi, Jakarta. Nasi Uduk means “mixed rice” because it describes the rice is cooked with so many ingredients like coconut milk, clove, lemongrass, cinnamon, and pandan leaf).

After nasi uduk is ready, it can be added by few side dishes like tempe orek (stir fried temoe with soy sauce), telur ceplok (fried egg) or telur dadar (omelette), bihun goreng (fried rice vermicelli), tumis buncis (stir fried common beans),  ayam goreng (fried chicken), gorengan (fritters), kerupuk (crackers), and sambal. A perfect dish to start your day~  You may also read about Can I Have The Bill Please in Indonesian Language


Sate or Satay was included in CNN World’s 50 best food in 2017. It is a seasoned grilled chopped meat served with a sauce. Usually it chopes in diced or sliced. You can make sliced chicken, goat, mutton, pork, beef,or clam.

There are three types of Satay in Indonesia based on its sauce: Sate Madura (Served with peanut sauce- sweet type), Sate Padang (Served with padang sauce- spicy type), and Sate Kecap (Served with sauce made by chili,tomato,shallot mix with ketchup- sweet spicy-type). It can be served with rice or ketupat, based on  your choice. This is a perfect match if you feel super hungry because it contains lots of carbo.


Pempek originally invented in Palembang. It is a savoury fish cake made of fish and sago flour. Ikan gabus (snakehead) or ikan tenggiri (wahoo) are the common main fish ingredient to make this dish.  It served with sauce called kuah cuko (vinegar).

Kuah cuko is produced by adding chili pepper, garlic, palm sugar, vinegar, and salt. Since Indonesian loves spices, kuah cuko tends to have spicy taste. There are so many types of pempek such us: pempek adaan, pempek lenggang, pempek selam and they are all tasty!  You may also read about Indonesian Helpful Phrases 


Have you heard this food before? Well actually this is not an traditional food but an instant noodle which quite famous in Indonesia and abroad. This instant noodle rich in taste and the has good noodle texture. The most popular flavor is Indomie Mi goreng, Indomie soto ayam, Indomie ayam bawang, and Indomie Kari ayam.

Just cook this instant noodle on boiling water for 3-5 minutes and put the seasoning after you have dried it. Voila, this tasty instant noodle is ready to served.

These are a few Indonesian dishes names. There are lots of tasty food when you come to Indonesia. You will love it and craving more for them. Hope you are always healthy and have a nice day! Don’t forget to eat well.