Indonesian food remains to be an underdog in the world of Asian cuisines. This is understandable, since it is often thought to be just another subset of Malaysian cuisine. However, that is not really the case; in fact, Indonesian dishes are starting to make a name for themselves, especially in Singapore.
Indonesian food in Singapore is creating a buzz lately, and this can be attributed to the growing influx of Indonesians in the country, who are there either for work or leisure. For them, having restaurants that provide them with authentic Indonesian cuisine allows them to get a taste of home-even when they are miles away.
But why are local Singaporeans are starting to embrace Indonesian food? Check out these reasons:
- You won’t get enough of the fried street food.
In Indonesian dining, you may opt to be served with “gorengan,” which translates to fried food. These are mostly chips made from different ingredients and are served with various types of dips and sauces. You can grab these pica-pica dishes just about everywhere, and they can take in the form of tempe, cassava, tofu, bananas, potatoes, vegetable fritters, or soybean cakes.
- They got the Mie Ayam.
Noodle bowls are integral in Indonesian cuisine, but nothing bits the Mie Ayam. Second only to Mie Goreng, Mie Ayam is a broth-based soup smothered with chicken that’s braised in dumplings, gravy, scallions, and sambal. Yes, it’s a dish that’s bursting with great flavours and balanced with cooked noodles. This noodle dish will definitely leave your taste buds and your hungry tummy satisfied.
- Curry galore.
Who doesn’t love curry? Almost every Singaporean eats curry, and in Indonesia there are at least three kinds of curry that all have to be tried and tested. You may go for red, green, or yellow curry, depending on your taste or preference for spice levels. Green curry tends to be the hottest among the three, while the yellow curry carries a sweeter aftertaste.
- Indonesian cuisine has almost a bit of everything Asian.
Many do not realize this but Indonesian cuisine is also a melting pot of different cultures, and this is something Singaporeans can easily relate too, coming from an equally diverse cultural history. Thus, when munching on an Indo meal, one can easily taste a hint of Malay, Indian, and Chinese cooking.
Indonesian curries hail from India, while their rendang and satay are heavily influenced by Malay cooking. On the other hand, dumplings and noodle bowls can be attributed to Chinese cooking traditions-all of which are present in Indonesia.
- Go gaga with Kerupuk!
When dining in an Indonesian restaurant in Singapore, it is common to be served with Kerupuk. This deep fried snack is similar to chips, but it can be infused with various flavours, such as fish, prawns, lobster, or cassava. This snack is crispy especially when eaten straight out of the fryer, and tastes even better when dipped onto vinegar.
- Indonesian dining brings the family together.
Lastly, Singaporeans love Indonesian food because the dining experience allows them to form a bond with their fellow diners, especially when they eat with their respective family members. This is because Indonesian dishes are inviting by nature, and it’s just not right not to share the love, the flavour, and the moment of devouring the meals on the table.
Indonesian dishes also be prepared in such a way where several people are able to sit down on the same table and eat together, and get food from the same platter. This alone already makes the cuisine unique in its own right, and this is something you shouldn’t miss out on.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for Vietnamese people, they take that seriously. As your day starts, you must prepare yourself for whatever will happen throughout your day. You will need your energy to go through your day so eat a healthy breakfast, eat a Vietnamese breakfast. There are a lot of options to choose from. If you don’t have enough time to prepare breakfast, there are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants out there where you can order a hearty Vietnamese breakfast. You can even have Pho in Singapore as your breakfast meal. Here are some foods that Vietnamese eat for breakfast, so you will have an idea on what to order.
Pho Bo is not only popular for breakfast but also the signature food that represents the Vietnamese Gastronomy. Pho is made up of rice noodles topped with fresh slices of raw beef and filled with a hot beef stock that has been simmered for at least 8 hours. It is served with a basket of fresh vegetables and herbs on the side.
Xoi is sticky rice. There are different types of Xoi by mixing different ingredients in it. XoiGac is a sticky rice mixed with Gac’s oil. XoiNgo is with corn. Xoi Do Xahn is with green beans. Xoi Lac is with peanuts. XoiTrung is with egg. Xoi Cha is with meat rolls and Xoi Pate is with paste. You have a lot of options, choose the best one for you.
Chao is well known as congee or porridge to foreign people. Chao is cooked in the same way even though the flavor changes. Chao Ga is cooked with a whole chicken to have a more delicious broth. Cooking Chao Ga is the same in cooking Chao Vit or what is known as porridge with duck. Chao Luon is porridge with eel and Chao Ca is with fish.
TrungVit Lon is a dish that most foreign people from the west don’t like because of its appearance. TrungVit Lon is also known as balut. It is a duck embryo on its fertilization process in its shell. It is cooked by boiling in very hot water and steamed to keep it hot. Balut is good for your heart but eating too much will not be good for people who have high blood pressure. It actually tastes way better than how it looks. it is also way better than a chicken egg. It is eaten with fish sauce and vinegar.
This is a sandwich that is made from a French baguette as its base. It is filled up with meat, chicken, or Vietnamese ham. Vegetables such as lettuce and cucumber are added with herbs like cilantro. They add pate to make it taste even more delicious.
BanhCuon is a steamed roll of rice flour. Inside the roll of steamed rice flour is seasoned meat and wood ear mushroom that is chopped to small bits. It is topped with crispy shallots and served with Nuoc Cham. Many people love eating BanhCuon since it is very delicious with a mild balanced taste. The texture and flavor is perfect.
Vietnamese Banh is their version of breakfast cake. It is cooked by steaming. There are different types of Banh that are too many to mention. You should ask your Vietnamese restaurant what variety they serve. Some Banhare filled with mung beans. They are easy to pack and eat so you also can bring them with you to work if you are running late.
Miens has different types as well. Its noodles are not made out of rice but seaweed and cassava flour instead. It is called as glass noodles or cellophane noodles. The broth of this soup is almost the same with the soup of Pho in Singaporebut a little more sour and fishy. It is sometimes served with seafood which is called Mien Luon. Mien Cua is served with crab meat. Mien Ngan is with goose meat and Mien Ga is with chicken.
All these foods are delicious and healthy. You will have your needed energy to start your day right. You won’t easily feel tired when you eat any of these healthy breakfast options.