Throughout its history, Indonesia has been involved in trade due to its location and natural resources. Additionally, Indonesia’s indigenous techniques and ingredients were influenced by India, the Middle East, China, and finally Europe. There is not a single “Indonesian” cuisine, but rather, a diversity of regional cuisines formed by local Indonesian cultures and foreign influences.
Nowadays, many cafes and restaurants are built and operated; hold both local and global brands. You can easily find the global fast-food brands such as MacDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wendy’s, Pizza Hut or Hoka Hoka Bento, etc, and many others as well as the local ones such as J-Co, BreadTalk, etc.
Some popular Indonesian dishes such as nasi goreng, gado-dago, sate and soto are many to find in the country and considered as Indonesian national dishes. Indonesian meals are commonly eaten with the combination of a spoon in the right hand and a fork in a left hand, although in many parts of the country, such as West Java and West Sumatra, it is also common to eat with one’s hand.
The most common and popular Indonesian drinks and beverages are teh (tea) and kopi (coffee). Indonesian households commonly serve teh manis (sweet tea) or kopi tubruk (coffee mixed with sugar and hot water and poured straight in the glass without separating the coffee residue) to guests. Fruit juices are also very popular. Varieties include orang, guava, mango, soursop and avocado, the last of these being commonly served with condensed milk and chocolate syrup as a desert-like treat. As a Moslem majority country, Indonesian Moslems also share Islamic dietary laws that prohibit alcoholic beverages.
In Bandung and Jatinangor, it is easy to find foods. Vegetables, fruits, fishes and meats are sold by many traditional markets as well as modern market (department store, supermarkets and mini-markets). Certain modern markets also offer some western foods ingredients and beverages. They also provide vegetarian labeled foods.
For foreigners, it will need some times to adapt with Indonesian foods which rich with spices and flavorings. Many health cases, such as diarrhea, occurred during the stay.