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Asian Games Shine Spotlight on Indonesian Cuisine

The international spotlight on Indonesia is a prime opportunity to take a culinary voyage to the country to which we owe the wonders of sambal oelek and nasi goreng, to name a few.

AFP Relaxnews

Updated:August 29, 2018, 12:32 PM IST
Asian Games Shine Spotlight on Indonesian Cuisine
Nasi goreng (Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ istock/ martinrlee)

It's the second-biggest multi-sport event in the world after the Olympics. Currently, 11,300 athletes from 45 countries across Asia are competing in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia at the 18th annual Asian Games, a major sporting event that takes place every four years. The international spotlight on Indonesia is a prime opportunity to take a culinary voyage to the country to which we owe the wonders of sambal oelek and nasi goreng, to name a few. Here are a few of the foods that best distil the flavors of Indonesian cuisine.

Sambal oelek sauce

Over the past few years, households around the world have pushed aside the bottle of Sriracha sauce in their fridge, to make room for another formidable chili paste: Indonesian Sambal oelek. Hot sauce aficionados need no introduction to the condiment that has found permanent places of honor on many a refrigerator shelf. Unlike Sriracha sauce which is both sweet and spicy, sambal oelek is a simple paste made with fresh red chilis, vinegar and salt. The result is a cleaner, more versatile flavor profile that can be dangerously moreish.


Indonesia's tourism office calls satay -- meat skewers marinated in a sweet soy sauce and barbecued over an open flame -- the country's most famous dish. But its origins can actually be traced back to India, when Muslim traders introduced the kebab concept to Indonesia, where the flavors were given the South East Asian treatment. Though chicken is the most common and most popular satay, other variations include lamb, beef, pork, scallops and ox tongue. Skewers are also accompanied by a savory dipping sauce, with spices and styles that vary according to different regions.


Along with satay, bakso or meatball soup is a popular street food across Indonesia. It also got a shout-out from President Barack Obama during a visit in 2010, when he waxed nostalgic about his childhood days slurping up the savory soup from street vendors. Bakso can refer to the soup itself or the meatballs which can be made with chicken, beef, pork or shrimp. A bowl of Bakso consists of broth, meatballs, rice noodles and tofu and is usually garnished with fried shallots, celery, and the aforementioned sambal chili paste.

Nasi goreng

Indonesian fried rice, often described as Indonesia's national dish, was originally devised as a way to salvage leftovers and avoid food waste -- an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-type idea. The result is a delicious concept that involves an assortment of mystery meats -- chicken, sausage, fish -- and vegetables studding a flavorful rice dish made with kecap manis, Indonesia's version of barbecue sauce, thicker and sweeter than soy sauce.


This spicy, perfumed meat dish is often given place of honor at Indonesian tables during special occasions like Eid al-Fitr, weddings and other ceremonies for its fragrant richness and depth of flavor. The dish originates from Minangkabau, a tribe in West Sumatra. Rendang can be made with either beef or lamb and is made with chili, coconut milk, galangal, lemongrass, garlic and shallots.

The Asian Games wrap up September 2.

| Edited by: Manila Venugopal
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