But we're in Indonesia and want the local food, right? Plus it's WAY better on the budget and much more interesting to go to the local warungs. Some of the native dishes are delicious and vegetarian and have peanut sauce (oh yeah), you just have to be careful of what might be hidden in their depths. For the most part the offending ingredients will be some form of shrimp whether paste (teh-RAH-see) or dried (OO-dawng KEH-ring).
Mie Goreng (mee goh-RENG) (fried noodles) is not traditionally cooked with shrimp - yay!
Sayur Kari (vegetable curry) is like a Thai yellow curry but thinner; it's just not as rich. It has veggies and coconut milk and is typically made with vegetable stock but I always feel it's best to make sure.
Nasi Gorgeng (NAH-see goh-RENG) (fried rice) is Indonesian fried rice that is typically flavored with some fashion of shrimp (powder or paste) so you can try your luck at asking (in Indonesian only please) if they can make it without it.
Nasi Campur (NAH-see CHAHM-poor) (mixed rice) is also a goodie.
Cap Cay (chap chai) is mixed veggies in a sauce and is pretty much a Chinese stir-fry. It's common to add meat to it, but you can get it vegetarian too.
Really, almost all of the food from the grocery stores has either no flavor or bad flavor or sugary flavor (like even chips). I don't know how they cook such delicious meals!
Regardless of any of the options above, rice (NAH-see), vegetables (sai-YOOR), noodles (mie), tempeh and tofu (TAH-hoo) are never in short supply so you should be able to find something to eat almost wherever you go. Just hope for no crispy dried shrimps sprinkled in.
|Language||Meaning||Phrase / Pronunciation|
|chicken or meat stock?||kaldu ayam atau daging?
KAHL-doo, ay-AM ah-tau da-GING?
|do not use meat, chicken, fish, or shrimp||tidak pakai daging, ayam, ikan, atau udang
TEE-dak pah-KAI da-GING, ay-AM eek-AN, ah-tau OO-dahng
|I am vegetarian||saya vegetarian