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6 Truly Indonesian Dishes to Try When in Bintan – Taste of true Indonesia, in Bintan

Bintan Island is a location where you can have a truly Indonesian experience. If you are heading to the North, you are able to indulge in a luxurious getaway among the 5-star hotels and residencies located in the area amidst the secluded beaches and the gold courses. Wherever you plan to travel to, here are 6 of the dishes you need to try to give your taste buds a true feeling of Bintan.


Ayam Bakar Bumbu Kecap

Ayam Bakar is one of the top dishes in Bintan. It is roasted chicken served with Sambal kecap, which is a sweet and spicy dipping sauce, soy sauce and rice or vegetables depending on the restaurant. Even though roast chicken seems a basic food, what makes this so special is the Bumbu Kecap which is a variation of spices that is mixed together to marinate the chicken before preparing it. Most Bintan restaurants are able to serve a delightful Ayam Bakar Bumbu Kecap that is bound to tingle your taste buds for more_emphasized text_


Ayam Goreng Kalasan

This dish is named after the place it originated from; Kalasan Yogyakarta. The Indonesian Ayam Goreng Kalasan is a dish that consists of fried braised chicken served along with steamed rice, cucumber, sambal bajak (a chilli relish) and sweet basil. The hot sauce that is given as an accompaniment for this dish is what makes this dish truly Indonesian and perfect mix of a variety of chilli peppers, vinegar and fish sauce can only be achieved with experience. The Residence Bintan by Cenizaro is a hotel where one can indulge in an authentic Ayam Goreng Kalasan with a luxurious dining experience.


Hidang Style Nasi Pasang

This dish is more of a mini buffet than a dish. It consists of various dishes which makes this a delightful experience to take back with you. There are designated restaurants that serve this and if you decide to dine in at one of these restaurants you will not have the option of screening through a menu. All the dishes will be laid out in front of you at your table and you are free to indulge with your eyes before you savour your taste buds. The dishes include several types of meat cooked with or without curries and you will be charged only for the dishes that you consume.



This one is for the kebab and meat lovers. What makes this dish special to Indonesia is that the dipping sauce is made not only with soy sauce but also with peanuts. They also coat the skewers in peanut gravy before serving. Sate is also a very popular street food that can be seen around Indonesia.



This one is also a street food and perfect for ones who crave seafood. A combination of seafood, generally, fish, prawns, squid or cuttlefish are ground together along with garlic and coconut milk



Indomie is a street food popular in every nook and corner in Bintan and Indonesia. The name is of the largest instant noodles manufacturer in Indonesia. The dish has several different types and flavours and each and every restaurant had their own unique way of preparing it. Most shops mix it with different types of meat, seafood, sausages, eggs and vegetables and you can make your own combinations at certain restaurants. One factor that makes this dish so special is that it gives a home-made preparation.