Indonesia consists of a thousand islands that spread from Sabang to Merauke. Since there were placed in different areas so that every island has its unique thing including staple food which not only rice as the Indonesian famous main dish.
Commonly, such as another country in the South of East Asia, the Indonesian staple food is rice. But, since there are so many regions with a different culture, tribes, and geographical condition, makes Indonesia has other staple food besides rice.
Even though rice becomes the common staple food nowadays in most of the regions in Indonesia, but some regions keep their staple food besides rice. They believed, by doing that, they can save the tradition from the older people there such as the most famous Yogyakarta street food.
Here we have the list of 10 most delicious Indonesian staple food that you should know. May you already have eaten one of them. So, let’s check them out below!
Sago is an Indonesian staple food for east Indonesian such as Papua, Maluku, and East Nusa Tenggara. Sago comes from the Sago palm that lives in the east Indonesian forest, at the side of the river, or in the swamp.
One of Sago’s palms can produce about 150-300 kg, Sago. The sago tree trunk must be well processed becomes sago flour. You can eat the sago once it becomes sago flour. In the Papua culture, there is some ritual before choosing the right of the palm tree sago.
Papeda is the staple food that comes from Papua as the famous city in Indonesia. It made from the sago that well processes in along way of cooking. The Papeda commonly serve with fish yellow soup and some other fish.
Not only Papuan loves Papeda but also some other regions in Java island. That is why there are so many papeda restos there and their customer not only Papuan.
Kapurung is the staple food that comes from the South of Sulawesi. It made from the sago flour which is look alike the Papeda but thicker. The best way to serve Kapurung is with the fish soup, the heart of the banana tree, kale, or long beans.
Since Kapurung has thicker than Papeda, people in Sulawesi commonly make them as their main dish. Not only for breakfast but also for lunch or dinner.
Corn becomes the staple food besides rice for some regions such as in some of people in the East Java, Central Java, Sumba, East Sulawesi, and Flores. Corn that reaches some age, commonly the old ones must be the good process in the machine before it serves as corn rice.
If you are too lazy to make it as the corn rice, you can simply bake them or even boiled them. The taste remains delicious with a lot of nutritions on its.
Cassava becomes the staple food besides rice for some regions such as Central Java, East Java, and some Sumatera islands. You can the cassava by boiled the cassava its self or in another way as same as rice call the Tiwul.
Tiwul can serve as Nasi Goreng Tiwul, or as the main dish served with the boiled of cassava leaves. In Yogyakarta and Gunung Kidul regions, tiwul still becomes their staple food besides rice.
6. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes become the staple food from Makasar, East Indonesia. It cooks with the soup that contains some vegetables and corn. The taste is so succulent with a great combination of them.
Sweet potatoes can serve as the boiled of its or even baked them in the kitchen stove. Javanese people and some of the regions in Yogyakarta still loves the baked sweet potatoes until now.
Taro becomes the staple food in Java island. The taste is not too sweet as rice and it has low calory and non-cholesterol. Taro is perfect to consume for them who have diabetes. You can simply be boiled it or make it as the side dish in Nasi Goreng.
Taro not only becomes the main dish, but you can also be boiled it and eat with some sugar. The taste will more tasty and it is very loveable for children.
Gembili is the staple food that comes from the Kanum tribe in Merauke as the famous Indonesian tribe. Gembili becomes the precious food that you can use them as the Mahr on your wedding day. To serve Gembili, it is very simple.
You only need to boil Gembili and eat them such as eat the Taro. It is better to consume for them who have a diabetes.
Ganyong is the staple food that comes from Java and Bali islands. In the South of America, Ganyong is known as Canna Tubers. It has full nutrition of carbohydrates, calcium, phosphor, zinc, and vitamin B.
Ganyong can be made as to the main dish beside rice or even make it another way such as Ganyong noodles. The taste is rich with a combination of sweet and a bit salty
Jewawut comes from West Sumba and it becomes some Indonesian staple food in some regions such as Java island. They make it as the Jewawut porridge and the taste is so delicious.
Jewawut porridge becomes famous as the taste is so delicious. People love it to change rice while getting breakfast. It is perfect to eat with hot tea in the morning.
So, there are 10 of the most delicious Indonesian staple food besides rice that you can eat daily. Most of them have low calory and rich with nutrition. Some people believe that this staple food is better to consume if you won’t get diabetes Mellitus.