Why oh why would anybody ever eat spaghetti in a McDonalds, let alone in Indonesia where good food is waiting for you at every corner? Well, because I am always curious with food. And since it was really cheap, what could go wrong? To be honest though, I wouldn’t recommend this spaghetti to anybody. At least not if you are expecting something that does not taste like prefabricated spaghetti with a tiny bit of sauce on top. But if that is what you expect, and if you don’t have more than fifty euro cents to spend, this is your thing. Otherwise, don’t take the spaghetti and just stick with the French fries. Or if you are in Indonesia, get some sate kambing.
Not the best taken picture, I agree. But what you see above is one of the two Indonesian variations on the McFlurry. This one is the one that is the most similar to the McFlurry with M&M’s. The name McFlurry Warna Warni means as much as “colourful Mcflurry”. The name is derived from the colourful chocolate “candies” that they mix with vanilla ice.
One of the things I tend to do, wherever I am on vacation, is pop into a McDonalds and see what kind of things they have on the menu. Per country the menu differs slightly and Indonesia was not an exception. What was the thing that caught my eye? Chicken McD a.k.a. fried chicken! I had to have some and of course I had. It tasted just as you would expect: tasty, crispy and slightly unhealthy. The best part about McDonalds in Indonesia is that they offer unlimited sambal so you could dip your chicken in it endlessly.
Pop Mie! You can’t leave Indonesia without seeing at least a dozen Indonesians eating Pop Mie on the streets/buses/trains/wherever. And it is easily understood why. It’s a cup filled with tasty instant noodles in all kinds of different flavours. It is quite handy to eat on the go and therefore a lot of Indonesians do so. Furthermore, you can buy it almost everywhere. Almost all little warungs (small shops) have it and sometimes you see people selling it on the streets and in trains. You just have to open the cup, add all the powdery spices and add some boiling water. Simple as that!
This small brown package contains one of the best things you can eat in Indonesia: sate kambing! Small pieces of goat on a skewer, slowly grilled over a charcoal fire. After taking the skewers of the grill, a brown spicy peanut sauce is added. If you have never eaten sate kambing, you definitely should. It is fantastic. And although it tastes great, the sate I had wasn’t really photogenic. As you can see below…
Doesn’t look appealing? Doesn’t matter! Because it is simply delicious!
When I see something new, I have to try it. This time it were grilled chicken paprika flavoured crisps. It was a nice variation on the in the Netherlands already familiar paprika flavour, but I would not desperately want it to be introduced back here. Still, the sweetness of the paprika in combination with a little chicken is good! But having some ayam panggang paprika without the crisps would probably taste a whole lot better.
One of the first nights in Jakarta we went out to have dinner. We were advised to have dinner at a small road-side restaurant just across the place were we slept. When we came there, we looked at the extensive menu and just picked some things we liked. Since we didn’t knew how large the portions were going to be (we didn’t bother to ask), we ended up with a table full of food: our own ‘rijsttafel‘. We had plain rice, bami goreng, kangkung (water spinach) fried with meat and terasi (dried shrimp paste), vegetable soup and some chicken. Although we had so much, we ate it all. It was delicious!