Category Archives: Food

What to eat in Indonesia

What to eat in Indonesia

While probably not the greatest foodie stop of our trip, food in Indonesia was consistently fair and of great quality. As other Asian countries, simple rice and noodle dishes dominate this country’s cuisine. You can find tasty and cheap “rice specials” in simple mom and pop shops all over the country. We got this rice special on the beach in Bali and it was perfect:
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South East Asia Food Court Etiquette

South East Asia Food Court Etiquette

If you consider yourself a foodie, you should definitely consider making a pilgrimage to one of the many hawker centers that are hugely popular with the locals in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Before you unbutton the top button on your pants and head out the door, I’d like to tell you about the rules at these establishments so you don’t look silly in front of the locals. Everyone is there to get yummy, cheap food so people will not tolerate a foreigner getting in the way of their goal.

Step One: Overcome your fears of street foods. Hawker centers are the source for very cheap meals that are often better than restaurants, where you will pay at least double. Hawker centers are open buildings without air-conditioning housing a few rows small food stalls that serve a various local specialties as well as favorites from neighboring nations. You can typically find your favorites from the following cuisines: Malay, Indonesian, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern. Also, you can find fresh juices, desserts. Everything is almost always prepared fresh after you order.

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Foods of India

Foods of India

Let’s see…What did we eat in India? A better question is: what didn’t we eat in India?

I kept telling Aaron that THIS is the best food of the trip so far (so far! Singapore was next, which blew our mind as foodies). First, it’s important to remind you that we traveled all over this vast country. Generally, Indian cuisine is divided into two major categories: North Indian and South Indian. When you go to an Indian restaurant in a western country, you will get a menu full of North Indian dishes. South Indian is hard to come by in the West. North Indian dishes are heavier and more greasy than the South Indian dishes, which have a light coconut base to them most of the time. Also, it is more difficult to find meat dishes in the South. Let me take you through our Nomnomnom journey through India:

In the overview of India blog, I already mentioned an awesome street snack we got in Mumbai: chicken tikka wrap – not to be missed:
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Turkish Cuisine

Turkish Cuisine

I was really looking forward to having a great kebab. So much so, I actually tried to have one every day that we were in Turkey – over three weeks. (Un?)Fortunately, I couldn’t keep up for more than a week… mostly because it turns out that they have other great food too.

In the US, people love Mexican food, with burritos being a tasty favorite. The parallel in Europe is the famous Turkish kebab. There are a few distinctions present in Turkey that a lot of people seem to be unaware of. If you just stroll into a restaurant and order a kebab you will get a plate, often with a salad and the kebab meat served with a little flatbread and a tomato sauce. While very good, it’s a sit-down version of what you probably have in mind:

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