Indonesia, with Allergy and Dietary Retriction: Short Guide
So I… have just realised after I travel abroad, although for me it’s easy to have food to eat in Indonesia, for people visiting… not really. The concept of allergy is not something widely spread in Indonesia. Though most food (esp. Java and Sumatra) are definitely halal, but I think it won’t be that easy for vegetarians, or people with peanut-free diet, for example. And… as an Indonesian, I know that some vegetable-based food in Indonesia have animal product or egg hidden inside. I believe reaaal pure vegetable dishes can be counted although there are a lot of vegetable-based dish. Though the number of vegetarian restaurant is growing, for example, you want to be eat in local food establishments. Going to fast food joints when you go abroad, I believe, should be the last choice. So! Without further ado, my short guide for easier eating in Indonesia with dietary restriction. (Note: no research, just based on my own knowledge. Food’s mostly Javanese, “typical Indonesian” and what I thought when I wrote this. Including the diet, so please correct them for mistakes. Doesn’t have every allergy there is)
Asean Korea: Drinks in Indonesia
It is fasting month in Indonesia and summer in northern hemisphere! It is a good idea to drink various ices to break your fast or to relieve your thirst under the hot, hot sun. For the ices, rather than your usual drink, how about trying a few ices and cold drinks usually sold in Indonesia? I think similar drinks also available in your country.
Asean Korea: Unique Food Stalls and Sellers
It’s a quest to satisfy your hunger in the middle of the night or under the scorching sun. It’s either it’s too hot, the restaurant has already been closed, or there is no mood left for cooking. In Indonesia, no worries, these unique food seller could provide yummy food to your crying stomach, anytime, anywhere. (You’ll seriously appreciating them after you go abroad and suddenly realise that there’s no mie dokdok sellers outside to holler by while you’re hungry in the middle of the night)
Rumah Makan Padang, Indonesian-Styled Fast Food Restaurant
Rumah Makan Padang (Padang Restaurant) is a restaurant offering selection of food from Padang and neighbouring cities of West Sumatra. People of Minangkabau, or West Sumatra, especially from Pariaman region, are very famous of their entrepreneurships in the food business. It was said that if people from Padang go out from their birthplace, they will make a restaurant, resulting in the amount of Rumah Makan Padang in many cities of Indonesia. In Jakarta alone, there are at least 20000 Rumah Makan Padang registered, as reported by Iwapin (Indonesia Alliance of Padang Restaurant).