As a foodie who’s tasted almost all of Indonesia’s traditional cuisines, I would attest that they belong in the category of dangerously delicious food. While we do have some extra spicy dishes that can cause upset stomachs, there’s just something extraordinary about them that can make us fall in love and, for a moment, forget any health consideration.
Really, there is no such thing as Indonesian cuisine. Instead, what we have is a complex array of regional cuisines bound by the nation’s diversity. One nation, millions of flavors! Not only is our traditional cuisine provincial, each one also displays a unique terroir (local character). Whoever said Minang food only comes in one genre? Rendang Payakumbuh has a different take from Rendang Kapau. Even Sate Padang comes in three versions: Padang panjang, Pariaman and Danguang-danguang.