Indonesians and Malaysians rage as CNN reports that Singapore has the best cendol

Here we go again, another international food fight. Read on

Initiative to use Indomie to incentivize kids to get vaccinated instantly successful in Nigeria

Immunization officials in Nigeria have long had trouble getting kids immunized for polio due to rumors and conspiracy theories. But a Unicef backed program... Read on

This noodle soup sandwich is Indomie fusion gone horribly wrong (Viral)

The problem with using soupy noodles as a sandwich filling are hopefully obvious to you. Read on

Enjoy a great dinner for a great cause at this celebration of Taman Bacaan Pelangi’s 100th children’s library

Millions of children in Eastern Indonesia do not have access to quality books and illiteracy rates remain high. But Taman Bacaan Pelangi (Rainbow Reading Gardens)... Read on

You can get ‘Mie Goreng’ KitKats (and martabak, es doger, kerak telor & more) at their Chocolatory Pop-Up | Aug 16-26 |

Who is crazy enough to break themselves a piece of that MIE GORENG KitKat bar? Read on

Indonesia’s Bintang beer to be exported to USA, claimed to be American surfers’ ‘beer of choice’

Will Bintang be a star in America? Read on

Viral: Is this Indomie donut an amazing junk food mashup or an appalling affront to good taste?

We'd eat it. Read on

Chef Ragil of Nusa Indonesian Gastronomy wins Asian Cuisine Chef of the Year at World Gourmet Summit

Congrats to Chef Rangil on his deliciously well-deserved win! Read on

WATCH: Celebrated Indonesian restaurant in NYC also one of the city’s smallest with just one table

Yum! Read on

Filipino fast food fried chicken king Jollibee announces plans to enter Indonesian market by 2019

Chickenjoy is finally coming to ayam goreng lovers! Read on

We ate KFC Indonesia’s chocolate-covered chicken b/c we’re masochists who’ll torture ourselves for your amusement

Our food critic took a chocolate-covered fried chicken bullet for you people. We hope you appreciate it. Read on

Indonesia ranked as one of the most vegetarian-friendly countries in the world in travel index

Good golly we could go for some gado-gado right now! Read on


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Coconuts Jakarta Food & Drink

Jakarta is paradise for food lovers, giving them access to everything from incredibly cheap and tasty street food to fancy and sophisticated fine dining and everything in-between. But it can be hard to figure out what the best food options in town are, which is why we’re here to help. Of course, the main type of cuisine on offer in Jakarta is Indonesian food. You’ll find restaurants representing the culinary cultures of the entire archipelago in the capital, from ubiquitous and always delicious Padang restaurants to the fiery fare of Aceh and Manado to the island delights of Bali and Lombok. There is no other city on Earth with as wide a selection of Indonesian eats as here, and a few visits to Jakarta’s top Indonesian restaurants makes it easy to understand why our lands were once known as the spice islands. Of course there is much more to Jakarta’s F&B scene than Indonesian food, as the capital’s discerning gourmands also have a taste for authentic international fare. Other Asian cuisines are strongly represented among Jakarta’s restaurants, particularly Japanese, which you’ll find in forms ranging from fast food to ultra-luxurious omakase style menus; and Chinese cuisine, which has been incorporated in many ways into everyday Indonesian food (such as nasi goreng and mie ayam). There are also plenty of excellent Korean restaurants catering to their large expat population as well as a number of good Vietnamese and Thai restaurants. Western food is also becoming increasingly popular in Jakarta, with many American fast food chains like McDonald's and KFC having long been mainstays for middle class Indonesian families. These days, you’ll find more sophisticated and varied western fare including authentic French and Italian restaurants, increasingly run by Indonesian chefs trained overseas. Even though it’s on the island of Java, Jakarta’s coffee has only recently started catering to kopi connoisseurs, with many cool cafes that take coffee seriously started by Indonesians who studied in Australia and want to nurture that same cafe culture here. Although many Indonesians abstain from alcohol, you’ll find plenty of bars and nightclubs in Jakarta that serve up much more than just beer. Cocktail culture has come particularly far in the last few years, with two Jakarta bars even making the Top 50 Bars in Asia list.