Indonesian Food in The Eyes of Foreigners

Indonesian Food in The Eyes of Foreigners

How famous is Indonesian food all across the globe? I find myself asking that question from time to time. Are foreigners into our cuisine? Ten or fifteen years ago, the answer would probably be a confident “No”. Chinese, Thai, or Vietnamese food were the frontrunners of Asian food. But then rendang was crowned by CNN as the best food in the world in 2011; tempe arrived in London; and internet got massive. Indonesian food slowly warms its way to people’s heart in different corners of Planet Earth.

This is a list of our favorite videos of foreigners eating Indonesian food. Watch it during times when you need a fresh perspective on Indonesian food, or simply want to see how far our cuisine has gone. Or maybe, share it to your foreigner friends to introduce them our food. Enjoy!

1. Tasty Tries Indonesian Food, by Tasty


You know Indonesian food has officially entered Youtube realm when it’s featured on Buzzfeed’s Tasty. Watch the team taste different street food-inspired dishes at Simpang Asia Indonesian Cafe in Los Angeles.

2. Indonesian Food | American Kids Try Food from Around The World, by WatchCut Video


Summary: A bunch of American kiddos trying out Bubur Ayam, Gado Gado, Nasi Goreng, and Dadar Gulung.
Viewer discretion: Contain a scene of someone spitting back food into the plate. Might cause cuteness overload.
Press play!

3. 6 Packets of Fried Indonesian Noodles 3008 kcal, by Yuka Kinoshita


See Yuka Kinoshita, the Japanese queen of mukbang, eating her way through 6 servings of our pride and joy: Indomie Goreng, plus 3 sunny side up eggs and shrimps. Don’t watch this one at night time—we’ve warned ya’.

4. Indonesian Food – Amazing – Fung Bros Food, by Fung Bros.


This one is an oldie but a goodie. Fung Bros is one of the earlier famous Youtubers who posted a video about Indonesian food, which they addressed as Asia’s best kept secret. They even ate Nasi Bungkus in classic Indonesian style, with hands!

5. Famous Ketoprak in Jakarta!, by Mark Wiens


I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone look so happy eating a plate of Ketoprak Ciragil. Yes, those of you familiar with Mark Wiens might argue that he always looks that way, but wait until you see him closing his eyes and tilting his head to a significant degree in pleasure. It’s good.

6. Testing Indonesian Military MRE (Meal Ready to Eat), by CrazyRussianHacker


Hands down the funniest out of the bunch. Watch CrazyRussianHacker tasting Indonesian Military MRE straight out of the pocket. Who would’ve thought watching a Russian living in the US eating Ayam Bumbu Rujak would be so informative and entertaining?

7. Japanese Try Indonesian Snacks and Treats, by TabiEats


We all know how Jakarta foodies are into Japanese food, but after watching this video, you’ll see that the reverse can easily happen as well.




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    • Alexandra Karman

      Hi Andy. Thank you for the recommendation. Have you ever watched Fung Bros’ other Indonesian food video, the one talking specifically about Kalimantan food? I believe they went to the same restaurant as David So & the Sudarso brothers. Check it out if you haven’t already 🙂


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