Feeling peckish? Grab a bag of Indonesia's popular munchies

For savory munchies, Indonesians turn to a slew of all-time favorite goreng (fried) delights. At the side road, on the island of a road or within the tiny streets, or just about anywhere in Indonesia, the goreng man is busy deep-frying a wide array of hot snacks packed to go. Take your pick from crunchy snacks:

First ring (left): The thick strips at the back are singkong (cassava) and in front is oncom (pronounced onchom), which is a combination of soya bean, peanut and cassava.

Second ring: At the back is lumpia or the Indonesian version of the versatile egg roll that’s stuffed with vegetables. The brown squares in front are deep-fried batter-coated tahu (bean curd) with vegetable stuffing.

Third ring: The batter-coated squares at the back are called bakwan, which is stuffed with tauge (bean sprouts) while in front is tempeh goreng (soya bean cake) and ubi goreng (sweet potato).

Deep-frying in the wok are thin slices of soya bean cake. The thin ones are better because they’re crunchier.

These savory delights are usually eaten with green chili and sell between Rp500-Rp600 a piece.

Photography by Apo Aguila

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Hady Depp on April 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Hei heii 😀
    Nice post. Gorengan can also beat the French Fries !
    But remember ! You must eat Street Food not to often, and you must see the quality, because the maker will add some Formalin in the foods sometimes, so the food will not get expired easily.



  2. Posted by apo Aguila on April 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    thanks for letting me try the tempeh goreng, it was really good i would say… plus seeing the personal touch provided by mamang nagbebenta.. that was a cultural experience. hahaha


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