Food is more than survival. With it, we make friends, court lovers, and count our blessings. Food is one of the most powerful connective tools we have. We build our bonds with friends and family over dinners, we go to restaurants on dates, we prepare food for others and with others. This particular aspect of food- the community that comes with it- is especially revered in Indonesia.
The way food is served in Indonesia is unique. The most characteristic aspect of Indonesian culture is that meals are always consumed in company. With 17,000 islands, 300 ethnicities, and a long history of trade with the Middle East, China, India, and Europe: Indonesia and Indonesian cuisine is a melting pot of culinary influences and ingredients.
Who better to experience this culture and cuisine with than a trusty ol’ friend? Be it a potluck dinner with nasi goreng and Padang satays, a luxurious cooking class where you master the art of cooking traditional Balinese food, an authentic night food tour in Jakarta, or even a night bar-hopping and discovering the local watering holes across all the islands- friends will make it all better.
So, take a trip, grab a friend, and start exploring. You’d better Bali-eve your gastronomic dreams begin here!
Written by Mr. Sanjay Sondhi (VITO India)