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Top 10 Vegetarian Foods of Indonesia

by Widiya
Vegetarian Food of Indonesia

While a few meat-eaters stereotype the motivations of a few vegetarians, the fact of the matter is the choice to adopt a meat-free diet is a complex, multi-faceted dietary decision. 

Individuals of all ages could be vegetarians. However, there are numerous kinds of vegetarians. Some eat dairy nourishments, for example, cheese or eggs, while others go completely without any nourishment item that originates from animals.

In this article, we have rounded up some vegetarian foods of Indonesia you might want to try as a vegetarian.

  1. Sayur Lodeh 
Sayur Lodeh

Sayur Lodeh is a sort of vegetable soup or stew with coconut milk-based juices. There is a wide range of assortments, yet the one that most Indonesians use some kind of gourd (labu siam) in it alongside different vegetables, for example, tofu, egg, long bean, and stew sauce.

Eaten over rice or rice cakes, this is staple nourishment during the Muslim occasion toward the finish of the fasting month, EID Mubarak. 

  1. Gado-Gado 

Gado-Gado is a well known Indonesian plate of mixed greens made of vegetables. Gado-Gado is made of cut rotisserie tofu and tempeh (Indonesian fermented soybeans) alongside boiled, blanched or steamed vegetables, for example, potato, cucumber, bean sprouts, string beans, spinach, cabbage, lettuce and so forth. With respect to the dressing, Gado-Gado uses peanut sauce.

  1. Gudeg 

Young jackfruit, boiled until the texture is soft and marinated with coconut milk and sugar. The subsequent look and surface are much the same as meat, somewhat sweet and appetizing.

Generally eaten with a lot of side dishes like boiled egg, tofu or tempeh, and chicken. Gudeg is one of some must-try local foods in Yogyakarta and it can be found in numerous street vendors covering the city’s celebrated Malioboro Street in huge enamel pots. 

  1. Ketoprak 

Ketoprak is practically the same as Gado-Gado but with different fixings. Ketoprak is originally from Jakarta and known as a vegetarian dish.

It is made of fried tofu, boiled rice vermicelli, lontong or ketupat (rice enclosed by banana leaf), crushed chili, garlic, ground seared nut, salt, water, palm sugar, sweet soy sauce, and vegetables like bean sprouts, cabbage, and cucumber. 

  1. Sayur Asem 
Sayur Asem

It is the Indonesian version of Thai’s Tom Yum soup. Means generally “sour vegetables”, it is a light vegetable soup that gets its acrid taste from tamarind.

It usually contains peanuts, corns, ‘melinjo’, some verdant greens, and long beans. Without anything else, this dish does not intrigue, however, eaten with something seared (like corn fritters), it purges the sense of taste and adds a bit of punch to your dish. 

  1. Vegetable Fried Rice 
Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried Rice is one of the famous Indonesian nourishments. It was sold in all aspects of Indonesia from the eatery, vendor’s food, street stalls to humble food trucks.

While you are at it, take note of some Indonesian cities with the best street foods. You can also find this food at the best Chinatowns in Indonesia.

There are such huge numbers of fried rice types and one of those is Vegetable Fried Rice. Vegetable Fried Rice can be devoured by vegetarians as it was made of mixed vegetables, rice, garlic, salt, bean stew, and sweet soy sauce. 

  1. Mie Tek Tek
Mie Tek Tek

Mie Tek Tek is sautéed noodles with eggs and vegetables. It is so basic, yet so heavenly.

In Jakarta, this is sold by sellers who circumvent neighborhoods with a truck. To declare their presence, they hit two wooden sticks together making the “tek tek” sounds.

Along these lines, the food was later known as Mie Tek Tek or Tek Tek Noodles.

  1. Urap-Urap 

Urap-Urap is a vegetarian dish from Indonesia. It is otherwise called a plate of mixed greens or frequently filled in as side dishes with different nourishments.

Urap-Urap is made of mixed vegetables, for example, long beans, spinach, basil, bean sprouts, carrot, cassava leaf, papaya leaf, cabbage, and so on. Every steamed vegetable is cut and blended in with spiced ground coconut (serundeng) for dressing. 

  1. Nasi Uduk 
Nasi Uduk

Nasi Uduk is practically the same as Nasi Lemak from Malaysia as both rice produced using steamed rice cooked in coconut milk with pandanus leaves, clove, and lemongrass.

These days, Nasi Uduk is accessible in most parts of Indonesia and generally presented with bawang goreng (singed shallots) on the top with side dishes like egg or omelet, tofu, orek tempe (seared fiery tempeh), sambal kentang (seared flavor potato), and so on. 

  1. Lontong Sayur 
Lontong Sayur

Lontong Sayur is produced using two fundamental dishes, lontong (rice cooked in banana leaf) and vegetable coconut soup. The vegetable coconut soup generally produced using different vegetables, for example, young jackfruit overflowed with coconut milk, spices, and various fixings.

So, that is a list of vegetarian foods in Indonesia. You can also check out a list of best Padang foods in Bandung and delicious things to eat in Bandung.

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