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Introducing You with the Taste of Indonesia: BBQ Nasi Goreng and Rendang

International Barbecue: Indonesian Cuisine

Indonesia is an archipelago of 17,000 islands and its a distinguished country due to its mouth-watering foods, crystal clear waters, and pristine beaches. Ranging from simple rice, noodles and soups to street foods this country is considered as home to delicious cuisines.

Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner time, you will see Nasi Goreng as a staple delight of the Indonesian food table. Nasi Goreng is basically Fried Rice.

This dish is considered a signature food made up with fried rice topped with fried eggs, and a bundle of other ingredients including prawns, vegetables, chicken, and chilies. This fried rice is pre-cooked simply and then fried in cooking oil or margarine, spiced with soy sauce, garlic, tamarind, and ground shrimp paste. Another version of Nasi Goreng is also famous around the country which is made up with salted dried fish (Ikan asin). This dish is not only favorite of whole Indonesia, but Southeast Asian people also love to eat this delight. Due to it’s smoky, tempting, and aromatic flavors it has gained the popularity all around the world and became the national dish of Indonesia. CNN International started an online poll in which Nasi Goreng stood second delicious dish in the list of “World’s Top 50 Most Delicious foods”.


You can achieve this dish on the BBQ Outside by either using a Blackstone Grill (available in Our Amazon Store for as low as $79.99) or in a Wok direct over fire. Weber has one for $59.99. 

The trick for this Dish is really hot, really fast.


Another dish from the pure land of Indonesia is Rendang. It is a spicy meat dish which was introduced by the Minangkabau People, but now it is widely served all around the country. Minangkabau community serve this dish on traditional festivals, ceremonies, Hari Raya, and wedding feasts. This dish is made with a lot of aromatic spices, coconut milk, ginger paste, garlic, turmeric, shallot, chilies, and lemongrass.

All these ingredients are combined and then converted into a thick paste which is called pemasak. This dish is made in a slow cooking manner and takes hours to be done perfectly until all liquid is dried out that is why its called Padang rendang. Due to this slow cooking method meat will be tendered perfectly and turns out super delicious. It is served usually with simple steamed rice or with rice cake.



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