Indonesia consists of 33 provinces with a population of 237,556,363 inhabitants (according to census estimates 2010) and has several large cities with a population in large cities are over 1 million inhabitants. Each of these major cities have state of the economy, culture, different infrastructure, including for its distinctive culinary or food. Here are 10 foods typical of Indonesia from 10 major cities in Indonesia as a culinary reference.
1. Asinan (Pickled) Jakarta from Jakarta
Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia is also the largest city in Indonesia. Jakarta metropolitan city, center of government, commerce, industry, the economy is almost all there in Jakarta. Jakarta as a special province of special areas (DKI) has a very dense population of 9,607,787 inhabitants (according to population census 2010). With all the dynamics Jakarta is also very interesting to be one of tourist destinations including culinary tourism. Here are some typical foods Jakarta (including Betawi); Asinan (pickled) Jakarta, Soto Betawi, Kerak Eggs, Ketoprak, Beer pletok, Crocodile Bread, Rice Kebuli, Ice Teler, Lontong Vegetable Typical Betawi and others.
2. Lontong Balap from Surabaya
Surabaya as the capital of East Java province, including the second largest city in Indonesia with a population of 2,765,487 inhabitants. Surabaya became the center of business, economy, trade, industry, education in eastern Indonesia. Surabaya is known as City of Heroes and has several interesting tourism. Typical Surabaya food is also very famous like; Lontong Balap, Rawon, Rojak cingur, Tahu Tek, Pecel Surabaya and other.
3. Nasi Timbel from Bandung
Bandung is one of the largest cities in Indonesia and is the capital of West Java province, with a population of 2,394,873 inhabitants. Many nicknames for Bandung such as Flower City, Paris Van Java, town shopping because there are lots of factory outlets in Bandung. Bandung is also a tourist destination and gradually became a city culinary tour. Bandung has a very famous traditional foods such as; Karedok, Batagor, Siomay, Nasi Timbel, Peuyeum, Ice Goyobod, Colenak, Gurame Bakar, Serabi, Soto Bandung, Ambokueh, Oncom, and much more.
4. Bika Ambon from Medan
Medan is the capital of North Sumatra province and is one of the fourth largest city in Indonesia with a population of 2,097,610 inhabitants. Medan is the gate area of the western part of Indonesia. Medan City has a famous tourist attraction such as Brastagi, Lake Toba, etc.. Medan City also has a culinary tour of the famous such as Soto Medan, Arsik, Lemang, Lomok-Lomok, Pisang Molen, Sambel Hebi, Tipa-Tipa and so forth. Bika Ambon is a typical confectionary Medan, although called “Ambon” (name of town in the Maluku) but Bika Ambon is native from Medan.
5. Lumpia from Semarang
Semarang is the capital of Central Java province and is one of the largest cities in Indonesia with a population of approximately 1,555,984 inhabitants. Semarang was enterprising promoting its tourism sector. Semarang also has a culinary tour of the famous such as Lumpia Semarang, Wingko Babat, Bandeng Presto, Tahu Gimbal, Soto Semarang, Semarang Sego Goreng Babat, and so forth.
6. Pempek of Palembang
Palembang is the capital of South Sumatra and became one of the largest cities in Indonesia with a population of approximately 1,455,284 inhabitants. Palembang recently successfully hosted the Southeast Asian Games fiesta “SEA Games” to 26 dated 11 to 22 November 2011. Palembang was dubbed the “Earth Srivijaya” has the culinary tourist attractions and famous. Many ethnic Chinese living in Palembang and Palembang’s culinary influence on the result of assimilation of ethnic Chinese and Melayu, such as; Pempek, Tekwan, Model, Laksan, Mie Celor, Lakso, Pindang Patin, Malbi, Tempoyak, Otak-otak, Kemplang, Sarikayo cake, and so forth.
7. Coto Makassar of Makassar
Makassar is the capital of South Sulawesi province and is one of the largest cities in Indonesia with a population of 1,338,663 inhabitants. Makassar into big cities in Indonesia because of the construction in Makassar are rapidly accelerating. Makassar has a famous tourist such as Losari, Fort Rotterdam, Fort Sombaopu, Trans Studio etc.. Makassar also have special food known throughout the archipelago such as Coto Makassar, Sop Konro, Maros Bread, Banana Ijo, Ice Palubutung, Jalangkote, Dangke, Kapurung and others.
8. Sambal Belacan from Pekanbaru
Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau province and one of the largest cities in Indonesia with a population of 897,767 souls pennduduk. Pekanbaru is being developed into a city of trade with the tribes and ethnic diversity. Pekanbaru has several well-known dishes such as Sambal Belacan, Curried Sauce Belacan, Juice Tiga Rasa, Gender Ketan Hitam, Kue Bangket Jeruk Nipis and so forth.
9. Rendang from Padang
Padang is the capital of West Sumatra province and is one of the largest cities in Indonesia. Padang became the center of economy in West Sumatra’s one of them is the famous cement plants, PT Semen Padang. Tourism in Padang growing rapidly. Padang has a special food that is well known throughout Indonesia even Rendang famous cuisine to overseas. Even Padang restaurant can be found easily anywhere. Here is a typical food of Padang; Rendang, Jerky Balado, Curried, Kalio Dagiang, Sate Padang, Sambal Ijo, Pop Chicken, Paru Goreng, and much more.
10. Gudeg of Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta or Jogja is a province that has a special area of four counties, with a population of approximately 3,452,390 people (according to census 2010), became one of the largest cities in Indonesia. Jogja is very thick with the culture. Yogyakarta is also known as a “Kota Pelajar”, because there are about 136 universities in the number of DIY. Yogyakarta is also a tourist city and has many famous tourist attraction. Yogyakarta is also famous for its city Gudeg, food of Jogja. Jogja also has some special food as a culinary tour, such as Java Bakmi, Bakpia, Gudeg, Wedang Secang, Jadah Bacem, Nasi Kucing, Sambel Goreng Krecek, Satay Klathak, Jos Coffee and much more.