Hi Neighbors! It is undeniable that Indonesia is a country of a million foods. From Sabang to Merauke, there are millions of local specialties. Even so, there are some special foods from several regions in Indonesia that are very popular. However, there are some popular foods in Indonesia which are actually adaptations of foreign food. This can happen due to collaboration & acculturation between tribes, or the result of inspiration from food from other countries. let's discuss Indonesian foods that turn out to be from other countries.
Perkedel or Frikadel?
This one menu can be found in many places, as a side dish of Nasi Kuning, Nasi Uduk, tumpeng, or even Nasi Padang. Perkedel is an adaptation of the typical Dutch food brought to Indonesia, Frikadel. What distinguishes the two foods is the ingredients used. Perkedel use potatoes as the main ingredient, while Frikadel uses meat or corned beef.
Pempek made by Apek
This fish-based food comes from the city of Palembang. The city that is passed by the Musi River has an abundant source of fish, so it is not surprising that Pempek is sold a lot. According to some stories, the origin of this food stems from a trader from China in the past who felt sad when he saw the abundant supply of fish but was not consumed. By using adaptations of ingredients, the trader, who is often called Apek, makes fishcake from Belida fish. Because it is very popular, this food was finally adopted by the people of Palembang in the past. The name Pempek also comes from the nickname "Apek… Pek… Pek"
Bakmi but with chicken?
The word Bakmi itself comes from the Hokkien language which means Meat Noodles. However, the meat in question is pork. In this Muslim-majority country, of course, pork is not consumed much. This has not stopped Indonesians from innovating new foods. By using chicken cooked with sweet soy sauce, Bakmi Ayam is created.
Martabak, Murtabak, Mutabar?
The Martabak referred to here is better known as the Egg Martabak. Where does it come from? It is known that the origin of Martabak began to be liked by a wide audience starting from a young Indian named Abdullah bin Hasan al-Malibary who was good at cooking. Abdullah makes a dish made from flour called martabak. Because this food is widely liked, many relatives and neighbors are taught to make the martabak, even this food is also often introduced at various events outside the city such as night markets, as well as sekatenan events in Yogyakarta and dugderan in Semarang.
That said, this food comes from Gujarat (an area in the Middle East). This food came to the archipelago in the early 19th century. From the place of origin, satay is made using mutton or lamb. However, in Indonesia, the ingredients for making satay are more and more often use chicken meat.
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