10 Indonesian food that you need to eat in Indonesia

10 Indonesian food that you need to eat in Indonesia

1. Rendang – Rendang is a really popular dish in Indonesia. Wherever you come to a local restaurant, it’s easy to find this dish. It is cooked with coconut milk and spices so sometimes you will feel it tastes similar with dry curry. Rendang is a kind of spicy meat, normally beef or in some area they cook goat, chicken or liver, which is originally from Minanglabau people that’s why the local people call it Rendang Padang or Rendang Minangkabau.


Image by stu_spivack

2. Tahu – This is one of the famous and popular street food in Indonesia. You can easily see it on the road even in the city or the rural area. The price is so cheap. Local people normally eat it with chili sauce. Tahu street food in Indonesia is really crunchy and spicy, this will be fantastic experience for your first time visit this country.

tahu - indonesia food

Image source: Wiki Internet

3. Bebek Goreng/Fried Duck

One of the fantastic food in Indonesia is Bebek or Fried Duck. The local people normally sell it as street food. One of the most delicious Bebek I ate is opposite with the train station in Jogja. One thing that makes you addicted with this dish is that it’s supper spicy but the taste is so yummy.


Image source: Ben Stephensonon

4. Fried Rice – Fried rice is so popular and typical in Indonesia. This picture is one the the Fried rice with egg and bean. You also can find another kind of fried rice here such as sea food fried rice, vegetable fried rice, chicken fried rice or mixture fried rice which is supper Indonesia that you should try once when you come there.

fried rice

Image source: Caspian blue

5. Oxtail Soup/ Sop Buntut – This is one of the tasty and yummy soup ever in Indonesia which is obviously cooked by oxtail with onion and chili. The oxtail normally is fried or grilled then combined with a tasty soup. This soup is one of the favorite soup in main meal of the day of local people because it is so healthy and hearty.

Oxtail Soup

Image source: Gunkarta

6. Dumplings/ Siomay – This is also one of the best street food in Indonesia that you should try once you get there. Indonesian normally use bean, chili and peanut sauce to create great street food in this world. Indonesia Siomay is combined potato, cabbage, egg and of course peanut sauce, this mixture is supper yummy.


7. Nasi Uduk – If you come to Indonesia in festival season, you will easily see this kind of dish which local people call Nasi Uduk. Rice is so aromatic and the meal around this rice is cooked with coconut milk. Nasi Uduk always serve with fried chicken , soybean cake, shredded omelette, fried onion, anchovies and topped with sambal and emping. This is an Indonesia’s National dish and local people normally eat for lunch.

nasi uduk

8. Satay – If you walk on street and finding some food to eat in Indonesia, this is one of the famous and popular that you will addicted once you eat it. Indonesian has horse satay, lamb satay, chicken satay, pork satay,… You will eat this dish with spicy peanut sauce and if you want to eat with fried rice. This is an Indonesia’s National dish that was conceived by street food vendors and has become one of the most celebrated food in Indonesia.


Image source: christian r

9. Bakso – This is a meatball dish made from beef surimi. This is normally served with a bowl of noodle, vegetables, tahu and eggs. It is similar with Chinese meatball if you first see. This is one popular Indonesia’s street food across the whole country.


Image source: christian r

10. Gudeg – This is a stew made from young jack fruit cook with palm sugar, coconut milk, meat, garlic and supper spices. This is so popular and local people really love to eat this every day. It comes from Yogyakarta and becomes one of the most flavorful food in the world that you should never regret to try once.


Image source: christian razukas

Contributor: Hong Nhu lives in the most beautiful and peaceful living city in Viet Nam, it is called Da Nang. An out going person, Nhu is addicted to reading and travelling. She spent her youth devoted to community volunteering

Buffets in Chiang Mai, Thailand

People are currently celebrating Yi Ping and Loi Kratong Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand.. and I was privileged to experienced it a few years ago.. Although environmentalists actually frown on the idea of lighting up several lanterns in the air that releases more CO2. *sigh*

For those who are in Chiang mai, or are planning to go, you should not miss the buffet experience too. Shayne, a couchsurfing ambassador I met last 2013, shares with you more about where to eat in the fairy city.


buffet in Chiang Mai

Like most cities these days, there are so many options for eating in Chiang Mai. There are so many street vendors, restaurants and buffet options available. I am going to give you a personal selection for the best of those buffet options around Chiang Mai. One of the best things about buffets is you can try a little bit of everything and when you see the same thing on the streets, you can buy it knowing whether you like it or not. You can be adventurous and taste some of the many wonderful dishes Thailand has to offer.


Thai Style BBQ Buffets

There are so many table top, self-cook, Thai style BBQ (called moo-gra-ta) places around Chiang Mai. You can usually find them by looking for big tin sheds with lots of tables and some versions will have a blackened hole in the middle your table. People will fill their tables with many plates of uncooked meats and vegetables and sit there for hours, slowly getting through all the foods they have taken. The biggest is Sukonta Moograta which when full is a site to see and includes interesting live Thai entertainment. You will pay between 99-299 baht (US$3-9) with some including soft drinks and water in the price, alcohol isn’t included. Dinner Only.

buffet in chiang mai

International Buffets
Many of the big hotels serve buffet lunch or dinners only and some offer differing options for both lunch and dinner. Mid-range hotels like the Chiang Mai Grandview, The Empress, Holiday Inn and the Siripanna Hotel offer lunch time business buffets. They have many northern Thai style appetizers, other Thai dishes, soups and noodles available as well as a good selection of international options. They also have a varied salad bar, with delicious cake and dessert offerings. Usually around 200 baht (US$6). 11:00am-2:30pm. Each of these hotels has a dinner buffet for around 400 baht with a wider Asian variety of foods. Many of the bigger hotels around the famous Night Bazaar offer buffet dinner dining, at slightly higher prices. The quality is superior to all the other buffets in Chiang Mai and outstanding at the Le Meridien, Shangri-La and Centara Duangtawan. These are usually fairly quiet as they are out of most local’s price range. They are great for a special occasion.


Random Buffet Restaurants
Chiang Mai has a few very popular buffets that don’t fit into the above categories, their offerings can be quirky but their food is quality and delicious. There is Memorize on Nimman Soi 12, Retro Steak Café and Brownies and my personal favourite and a winner with the Germans, Auf der Au, a restaurant full of home made German sausages, meats, desserts and more meat. Some of the are very cheap at around 150 baht (US$5) and others are around 300 baht (US$10).


chiang mai buffet


Shopping Mall Buffet Chains
In recent times, several new shopping malls have been built and each of these will have invariably have a Sizzler, MK Hot Pot or Shabushi chain restaurant. These are similar to home, so many more local generally visit these establishments. Prices are around 400 baht per person (US$12). The food quality is generally good.

sushi at shabushi

shayne rochfort
Shayne Rochfort is a local who loves Chiang Mai and loves to eat. He has been volunteering in Thailand for 6 years and enjoys helping people get connected to others and things they need.

Noodles Galore in Vietnam

Noodles Galore in Vietnam

A couple of weeks ago, my Vietnamese friend who I met 11 years ago in Tagaytay came to visit me and my Aunt in Antique. It is high time for her to visit the Philippines again since I have visited her country 3 times already ^_^.. that’s how I love Vietnamese food :)))

I have blogged about Vietnamese food  and have a few more from our recent Vietnam trip with my mom.

Here’s a parade of different kinds of noodles that we have eaten so you can have an idea of what to eat in Vietnam. Costs around 20,000 – 50,000 VND except for the last picture which costs us 400 000 dong (i think we were ripped off though). Don’t be shocked by the prices, if you convert 20,000 dong, it’s only around 40 php or 1 usd…. :P

Here’s a noodle soup offered in the streets of Vietnam. This is the typical Pho Ga/Bun ga ( chicken noodle)
noodle soup in Vietnam

You think all noodles are the same? I thought so too.. But this one has a different name called Hu tieu. It also has a mix variety of meat in it.
noodle - Vietnam

And we transferred in another hotel and had – noodle soup. I don’t remember what meat it had.. hopefully not dog.
noodle soup - Vietnam

this one was the noodle soup we ate while on tour.  This is called Pho Bo. To be honest, they all taste noodles to me xD.. delicious noodles that is.
noodle in Vietnam

This one is noodles with thick soup and with loads of meat.
noodle with meat - Vietnam

Not all noodles have soup. This is the instant noodles that one of the hotel prepared for us:
instant noodles - Vietnam


Noodles wrapped in rice paper. Locals call this Nem cuon.

noodles wrapped in rice paper - Vietnam

This is delicious, a local delicacy called Bun Cha consisting of grilled pork and noodles. We have actually eaten this on the sidewalk and 2 orders cost around 400,000… dong :)) Yeah I do think we were ripped off.

noodles with meat  - Vietnam

So, there you go. Noodles galore.This gave me the idea that next time I’m gonna feature rice in different colors :))


Anyway for those who wanted to do food tours in Vietnam or in any countries in Asia, please let me know. I can connect you to my friends who can do the tours for you. You will be helping them in their travel funds too. Let’s all look forward to a fairer world, brighter days, and delicious food. :D

10 exotic dishes to try in South East Asia

10 exotic dishes to try in South East Asia

For locals, most of these are ordinary dishes eaten every meal. For travelers and non locals however, these are rare dishes that you can’t eat anywhere else.

If you are the adventurous type that eats anything, you should try these when going on Asia tour packages and visiting the countries that offer exotic food. Be careful though and check that you are not allergic to those dishes so your tummy can take it. It is also wise if you get hepa shots to make sure you get back to your country healthy.

As I said, this is only for those with strong tummies. Eat at your own risk, make sure you have hepa shots, condition your tummy, and lastly, have fun.

Exotic food 1. Balut

For locals, this is a regular snack. Balut is a poor little unborn duckling cooked prematurely for humans. I know I’m guilty of eating this too but I only eat the yellow and white part and not the baby inside.. You can eat this in the Philippines and I discovered last 2008 that you can also eat this in Vietnam. The soup is specially delicious to be honest.




Exotic food 2. Snails

This is very difficult to eat coz you have to break the shells to eat the soft part inside. I remember when I was younger, my neighbour use to eat these kinds of shells from the rice fields but now the land has been developed into industrial zones so no more rice fields, no more snails too.. However, you can still eat these in far flung places in Laguna, Antique and Kalinga in the Philippines

snails and veggies


Exotic food 3. Frogs

The first time I ate this was in China town in Binondo. But you can also eat this exotic food in places such as Antique and Kalinga, Philippines. Taste like chicken with smaller bones.




Exotic food 4. Bugs

Bugs similar to the picture below are headache to farmers in the Philippines specially when they attack coconut trees. However, in Thailand, they solved the problem by eating them… not sure if they are the same species of bugs though.



Exotic food 5. Tamilok worm

They are called woodworms but they are not exactly worms. The slimy thing is extracted from wood.. tastes more like mollusks or oyster.. yummy if you dip it in vinegar. If you’re curious to try it, head over to Palawan, Philippines.



Exotic food 6. Crocodile meat

I tasted this in Palawan too. Kinda expensive but it’s worth a try since you’re there already. Does not have a distinctive taste because the garlic and onions in the dish overpowered it. Sorry no decent picture, but imagine a sisig style dish.

Exotic food 7. Donsol Seaweed

This is actually the poo poo of a seaweed creature called Donsol. Taste like seaweed, I didn’t know they were poo poo until someone told me.. You can find these in local carinderias in Bohol, Philippines. Want to know what it looks like?

Exotic food 8. Sea Urchin

This is very expensive in Japan. But fisherfolks just get them for free in Bohol and in other places in the Philippines where it’s offered. I love the taste when you mix it in vinegar.



Exotic food 9. Rat

I have eaten this in Vietnam and I tried not to puke. Besides we are at an expensive restaurant and I’m treating all my Vietnamese friends in this posh place so I must stay brave. You know the smell of rats? That’s what it tastes like except that it’s sautéed with garlic and served elegantly.



Exotic food 10. Ants

Although ants are regular critters that invades your food in the tropics. I never knew, you can actually mix this ants in your rice as a dish too.. hence my latest discovery.. You can find locals selling Ants in Kalinga province, northern part of the Philippines. The ant eggs have an interesting taste but the adult ants have a psychological effect on me.. I squeal a bit every time I put these critters in my mouth.. I also need to make sure they are all fried dead coz I don’t want them biting my intestines.




I’m off to discover more of these unique dishes around the world, hopefully my tummy won’t give up on me. ^_^

How about you, have you tried an exotic food and would like others to discover it too?

Sustainability: Easter Reflections on growing your own food

“Why wait to die to experience heaven when we can create mini heavens here on earth.”

That quote was a thought years ago. Besides, in the Christian religion, Jesus died to save us, so why are some people still suffering? There are many factors.. but some of these problems have solutions.. it may not be easy at first, or it may require a long time but it can be done.

Easy to say.. In my case.. Easy to write.

The Philippines is a tropical paradise where plants grow 24/7.. It’s not like winter where everything freezes and plants die if they don’t get proper insulation.. well we don’t have winter alright, we just have typhoons and floods xD.. that’s another problem that needs another solution.

Going back to growing your own food, this is a very good example of how a family who lives in a small area can be self sustainable.

Do you know other communities who are self sustainable? Once I start that long journey, I might visit them too.. These are places that are mini heavens and delivers the promise of salvation so that people will not go hungry. Food security then is solved.