1. Beef Rendang - is a spicy meet dish that originated from Minangkabau, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Also known as caramelized beef curry. So far, I have best tasted this dish in Garuda Padang Cuisine.
2. Ayam Penyet - is basically a crushed fried chicken. Penyet meaning crushing it before serving. Fried to tenderness and for me, I have so far best tasted it at Ayam Penyet Ria in Singapore.
3. Nasi Minyak Palembang - This succulent beef dish originated from Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia was only introduced to me on board an Air Asia flight to Jakarta. The dish was prepared on a recipe made by Chef Farah Quinn. hoping to visit Palembang to taste the local dish.
4. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce - This street food is famous every where in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. It's their chicken barbecue without that strong barbecue sauce taste but with the best tasting peanut sauce you can never resist. I so far tasted it best at Sate Khas Senayan in Jakarta.
5. Sayur Singkok Tumbuk - This one is like a Filipino dish Laing but the latter one is coconut-milkier than Sayur Singkok. Oh this dish is always best partnered with rice and any fried chicken you have.
6. Pisang Goreng - Well there are so many fried bananas that serves so good but so far I have two. One is on a restaurant on the highlands of North Sumatra just on the outskirts of Lake Toba. And another is in the middle of the jungle of Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatra, in a restaurant named Taruko Cafe Resto. But my friend told me there is one more place I have to check, Anomali in Jakarta. We will see whether we can add it on the list of my best fried bananas.
7. Sambal Udang Pete - This spicy dish made of sambal, pete and shrimps have also caught my taste buds and is best served in Garuda Padang as well.
8. Ayam Bumbu - I prefer this dish that they serve in Garuda Padang Cuisine in Singapore than their local counterparts in Indonesia. The bumbu tastes like dried coconut fried in vegetable oil. More like "ubud" found in sweet delicacies in the Philippines.
9. Soto Ayam - This dish is best served without anything else. Well for rice eaters, it is also good but for me, I just like the soup and the chicken in this dish. Although I haven't tried this dish anywhere in Jakarta. I have only tried this in You & Mee in United Square Mall, Newton, Singapore.
10. Teh Botol - Like Coca Cola to any Filipino dish, Teh Botol is always best when served cool in any Indonesian dish. Very refreshing and just taste right.
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J Gerald C Legaspi is the Filipino author of pinoyjourneys.blogspot.com and is currently working and travelling in and around South East Asia but spends most of his time in Jakarta, Manila and Singapore.