Typical Meal : A typical Indonesian meal consists of steamed rice and one or two main dishes made of fish, chicken or vegetables, sometimes including soup, all of which are served together. A common side dish is sambal.
Manner of Eating : Food is eaten with the fingers with a spoon and fork. When eating with fingers, Indonesians use their right hand only.
Favorit Foods : A popular Indonesian dish is satay served with peanut sauce, ketupak, cucumber and onions.
Pork is hardly eaten because most Indonesians are Muslims, their religion prohibits eating pork.
Religional Favorites : Food varies from island to island; chicken and fish in Java, beef Sumatra, duck and Pork in Bali (where most of the Hindus live), and seafood in South Sulawesi. Padang food from West Sumatra is hot and spicy. A favorite is beef Rendang. The typical Nasi Padang meal consists of many small dishes that are brought in by waiters who can carry up to eight plates on each arm. When the table is set, a plate of hot white rice is served. You choose from this selection of dishes and would not be charged for the dishes that were not touched. You only pay for the dishes that you have eaten.
Desserts often consists of tropical fruits such as starfruits mangga (mango), manggis (mangosteen), rambutan, durian, and nangka (jackfruit). Indonesian desserts are often made from glutinous rica dour, palm sugar and coconut milk. Some favorites are Kue Lapis, bubur hitam and es campur.