Archipelago Flavors

Indonesia’s culinary landscape is a treasure trove of flavors and traditions, with each region offering its own unique dishes and ingredients. My travels through this beautiful country have allowed me to uncover the secrets of its diverse cuisine. From the fiery sambals to the aromatic bumbus (click here), Indonesian food is all about bold flavors and rich textures. Join me as I share these incredible recipes, bringing a taste of Indonesia into your home.

MIE AYAM PANGSIT (Indonesian Chicken Noodle)

Savory seasoned noodles topped with tender, flavorful chicken, a delightful blend of traditional Chinese and Indonesian culinary techniques.


Savor the flavors of Bali with Jimbaran-style grilled snapper—succulent, smoky, and bursting with rich spices.

Nasi Pecel Malang Style

A Javanese salad, Malang style, with fresh vegetables and a savory peanut sauce. It’s a delicious and nutritious meal.

Balinese Babi Guling (Spit Roast Pig)

A spit roast pig marinated with traditional spices. It’s a festive and flavorful centerpiece for any celebration.

Jukut Undis & Babi Genyol

A traditional Balinese mixed pork rice dish. It’s a comforting and satisfying meal with rich spices and tender pork.

SOTO BABI (Balinese Pork Soup)

A Balinese style pork soup filled with tender pork and fragrant spices. It’s a hearty and satisfying meal.

Tum Bebek (Spicy Minced Duck)

A Balinese spicy minced duck dish wrapped in banana leaves. It’s a delightful and aromatic treat.

Roroban (Balinese Curry)

A Balinese curry made with a blend of local spices and coconut milk. It’s a comforting and flavorful dish.

BAKSO MALANG (Meatball Soup)

The Tugu Hotel Malang meatball soup with a rich and flavorful broth. It’s a beloved Indonesian classic.

Lawar (Balinese Long Bean Salad)

A traditional Balinese salad made with long beans, grated coconut, and aromatic spices. It’s a vibrant and healthy side dish.

IKAN NYAT-NYAT (Balinese Crispy Fish)

A Balinese fried fish dish with a spicy and tangy sauce. It’s a delightful and crunchy treat.


Balinese style pork satay marinated with a red spice paste. It’s perfect for grilling and sharing.

Tipat Tahu (Tofu Rice Cake Salad)

A tofu rice cake salad with fresh vegetables and a savory peanut sauce. It’s a light and delicious dish.

AYAM SISIT (Spicy Shredded Chicken)

A shredded chicken dish infused with kampoeng-style spices (from the village!). It’s a flavorful and versatile addition to your Indonesian menu.

Garang Asem Bandeng (Milk Fish Stew)

A Peranakan milk fish stew with tamarind and spices. It’s a unique and flavorful dish.

Bebek Goreng (Balinese Crispy Duck)

This deep-fried duck, marinated and slow-cooked to perfection, is served with lawar and sambal matah, capturing the rich flavors of Bali.

SOP KEPALA IKAN (Balinese Fish Head Soup)

This aromatic soup offers a savory taste with a refreshing aroma, highlighting the unique flavors found in the fish head.

Garang Asem Bandeng (Milk Fish Stew)

A Peranakan milk fish stew with tamarind and spices. It’s a unique and flavorful dish.


Freshly caught and perfectly grilled, this dish captures the essence of Bali’s seaside culinary tradition, offering a smoky, savory delight.


Sambals and bumbu are fundamental elements in Indonesian cuisine, essential for adding depth and flavor to a wide variety of dishes. Sambals are spicy condiments made from chilies and other fresh ingredients, providing a vibrant kick. Bumbu are aromatic spice blends that form the base of many traditional recipes. Together, they create the rich and diverse taste profile that defines Indonesian cooking. Explore these basics to unlock the authentic flavors of Indonesia in your kitchen.


A traditional Balinese raw sambal made with shallots, lemongrass, and chilies. It’s the perfect condiment to add a burst of flavor to any dish.


A simple yet delicious Indonesian sauce made with soy sauce, chilies, and shallots. It’s a versatile condiment that pairs well with grilled meats and vegetables.


A green chili sambal made with green chilies, shallots, garlic, and lime. This vibrant condiment adds a zesty kick to grilled meats, seafood, and rice dishes,


A cooked sambal made with tomatoes, shallots, and chilies. It’s a robust and flavorful addition to your Indonesian culinary repertoire.


A red spice paste commonly used in Balinese cooking. This aromatic blend of chilies, garlic, and shallots brings a depth of flavor to any dish.


A versatile spice mix that adds a rich and aromatic touch to Indonesian dishes. Perfect for marinades and stews.


A fundamental spice paste used in many traditional dishes. This aromatic blend of spices forms the base for countless recipes.