Indonesia offers unlimited travel journeys and experiences, be it for adventure, cultural experience, family vacation, or simply relaxation. None other because the country has so many things to explore from its more than 17,000 islands. Not to mention that the richness of Indonesia also comes from 34 provinces with over 267 million people and 300 ethnic groups. Literally heaven for natural and cultural treasure that probably take a lifetime to explore the entire of it.

You don’t need a lifetime to get to know about Indonesia as we wrapped some valuable information about the country.

Culture

Balinese Dance

Influenced by Indian, mainland China, the Middle Eastern, European, and Austronesian people, Indonesia has a multicultural, multilingual, and multi-ethnic society. As a result, Indonesian societies are open and remain tolerant of each other’s religions, customs, and traditions. The diversity is also poured into various cultural forms, such as architecture, music, dance, literature, dance, and more. The country currently holds ten items of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, including a wayang puppet theatre, kris, batik, Pencak Silat, angklung, and the three genres of traditional Balinese dance.

Read: 13 Places to Enjoy Balinese Dances in Bali

Cusine

Travel to Indonesia means you have to experience a culinary journey as the country’s cuisine is one of the most diverse, vibrant, and colorful in the world. With rice leading as a staple food, most of Indonesia’s best dishes come with rice. Spices (notably chili), coconut milk, fish, and chicken are fundamental ingredients. Some of the most popular and must-try Indonesian dishes, including:

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng or in literal meaning is Fried Rice, is stir-fried rice, cooked with spiced sweet soy sauce, shallot, garlic, ground shrimp paste, chili and accompanied by other ingredients, particularly egg, meats, chicken, or seafood. Nasi Goreng also served with prawn crackers and pickles.

Soto

Soto is a traditional Indonesian soup mainly composed of broth, meat, and vegetables. Many traditional soups are called Soto, whereas foreign and Western-influenced soups are called sop. Soto is sometimes considered Indonesia’s national dish, as it is served from Sumatra to Papua, in a wide range of variations. Some of the most popular ones are Soto Ayam, Soto Betawi, and Soto Lamongan. Soto is included as a main course and served with white rice, sambal, and pickles.

Satay

Satay or locals called it Sate is skewered and grilled meats with various sauces, mainly peanut sauce. The main highlight of this dish is its peanut sauce, usually for chicken satay, with a sweet and savory taste. But, satay in Indonesia also comes in a wide range of variations, such as sate Sate Klathak, Sate Taichan, Sate Lilit, etc.

Other popular dishes include Bakso (meatballs in a soup), Gado-Gado, and Rendang. In 2017, rendang was chosen as the “World’s Most Delicious Food” by the CNN Travel reader’s choice.

Read: 7 Upscale Indonesian Restaurants in Jakarta

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