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.
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.