Travelers who visit this picturesque island have a unique opportunity to taste unique national dishes in Sumatran restaurants. Local cuisine is famous for its distinctive traditions; it is sure to appeal to those who are fond of Indian and Chinese cooking traditions. The basis of many treats consists of cereals, in particular, beans and rice. They both are served as stand-alone dishes, and as a garnish to other popular treats.
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The most popular side dish is nasi, boiled rice, which can be added to virtually any dish. Unusual delicate rice noodles and even rice crisps, which became a kind of local fast food, are also made of this cereal. One of the most popular national garnishes is nasi goreng, fried rice with an addition of vegetables or seafood.
An important place in the national menu is held by vegetable dishes, which are sure to delight devotees of vegetarian food. Chefs use cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots and pumpkin to cook culinary masterpieces, including nourishing soups and fresh salads. Fans of spicy treats would like Gado Gado salad, which is made of boiled vegetables and tofu and seasoned with spicy peanut sauce. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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A very interesting treat is wabi omelette, which is cooked with fresh herbs and nuts; the taste of the dish is simply inimitable. As for meat treats, the most common components are chicken and beef. In local restaurants visitors are recommended to order satay, small skewers of meat and seafood. A big surprise is waiting for fans of fish dishes, as delicious seafood treats are offered at every restaurant of Sumatra.
Sweet tooth won't be disappointed with national cuisine too, as a significant part of popular desserts are made of exotic fruits. Fried bananas are very popular among foreign guests; that's the most simple and the most common local treat. At Sumatran markets you can buy a wide variety of fruits, including usual pineapples and bananas, as well as exotic durian and carom. It's also worth to note some exotic dishes; swallows' nests, frog legs in the dough and fried grasshoppers are the most famous. Fans of haute cuisine are recommended to taste shark fin soup.
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National cuisine of Indonesia
The Minangkabau ethnic group inhabits a large part of Sumatra. Their ethnic cuisine is called Padang. The unusual serving of dishes is typical for this cuisine. All dishes are served at the same time without dividing into the first course, main dish, and dessert. Food is eaten with the right hand. A bowl with water and lemon slices is placed on the table for washing. A lot of meat but only not pork is consumed in Sumatra. Most of the local residents practice Islam. Rice was developed very early on the island. It was made the main agricultural crop. The inhabitants of the country also began to raise a lot of livestock, especially cows.