Not content with just bringing you the best on food, travel and culture from Thailand. We have now started to get an introduction on the food, travel and culture of other Asian countries. Today’s post looking at the food of Indonesia is the work of a charming lady from Bandung, Indonesia called Syuh Fuen. In fact she gave me so much information during the interview that I have decided to break it up in to a few parts There are also some fantastic colour photographs. Today Syuh Fuen talks about her top 3 Indonesian dishes and gives us the run down on her home town of Bandung.
My name is Syuh Fuen. I was born in Bandung, Indonesia and I am a Chinese-Indonesian woman.
I am a big Manchester United’s fan. As you know, Manchester United are very famous here in Indonesia.
Another of my passions is photography. I am in love with it. I learn so much each day as an amateur photographer. Street Photography and Human Interest Photography are my favourites.
You can have a look at my portfolio on
An Introduction To My Home Town
Let me explain about my hometown Bandung, where I was born and grew up.
Bandung is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia. Bandung has cooler temperatures year-round than most other Indonesian cities. The city lies on a river basin surrounded by volcanic mountains. The northern part of Bandung is more hilly than the rest, the distinguished truncated flat-peak shape of Tangkuban Perahu Volcano ( literally means ‘upside-down boat). It is 30 km north of the city of Bandung. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked on the hot surface. This stratovolcano is on the island of Java and last erupted in 1983.
Tangkuban Perahu Volcano
Trevor: So can you give us your favourite Indonesian dishes
Syuh Fyen; My favourite Indonesian dishes are :
Gado-Gado also known as Lotek (in Sundanese and Javanese) is an Indonesian Salad consisting of boiled vegetables served with a peanut sauce dressing and kerupuk (some kind of tapioca crackers). Composition of the vegetables salad varies are sliced green vegetables (such as cabbage, bean sprouts), sliced cucumber, fried tofu, sliced boiled potato and sliced boiled eggs.
The common primary ingredients of the peanut sauce are ground fried peanuts, coconut sugar, chillies, lime juice, terasi (dried shrimp paste), tamarind water and water to dilute.
2) Indonesian Chicken Satay
Satay is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat, served with peanut sauce ,slivers of shallots, cucumbers, and lontong (rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves). Satay may consist of sliced chicken, beef, pork and other meats. In Indonesia, satay can be obtained from a travelling satay vendor, from a street side tent, and also in an upper-class restaurant.
3) Nasi Timbel
Nasi Timbel is a hot steamed rice dish wrapped inside banana leaf. It produces a unique aroma. It then evolves into a complete dish served with various side dishes such as fried chicken, gepuk (fried beef), tempe (traditional soy product originally from Indonesia), jambal roti (salted fish), sayur asem (Indonesian tamarind dish), lalab (raw vegetable salad), and sambal (raw chilli paste).
Coming Very Soon Part 2
Part 2 looks at the three dishes we absolutely must try when in Indonesia.