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.