Holiday food in Indonesia


End of year holidays around the world are such an exciting time of the year, with holiday food playing a big part of the traditions and celebrations.

What are some traditions surrounding holiday meals in Indonesia?

Tell us about a few of the traditional holiday dishes and meals in Indonesia.

What are some of your favourites?

Are the food that are consumed during the festive season easy to prepare at home, or do most people buy them at the store?

Are holiday meals a big family festivity in Indonesia?

Is there a general budget that people allocate to holiday meals?

Thank you for sharing your experience,


I’ve no idea about end of year traditional food in Indonesia, and to be honest I didn’t know they was such a thing.

Usually in my location (always actually) traditional Christmas and new year food binge takes place with plenty of drinks, at various houses with friends
variety of meats (turkey beef and lamb goes down well with Indonesians cooked the bule way) and fresh vegetables some I’ve yet to see in Indonesia (maybe some places do have them?)  namely parsnips, sprouts and turnip along with many other vegetables, Christmas cake and pudding not forgetting mince pies (the fruit variety) amongst many other treats mostly homemade (traditional) and real gravy

a majority of the foods are fresh and made between us (take it in turns) probably 50% can be bought locally but more often than not it’s from Singapore, Thailand, UK and Australia as many of us are returning just before Christmas or new year and it works well that way
Budget wise it’s up to the individuals on how they budget, usually 60+ people on 4/5 different occasions in a 2 week period plus a bbq or two
Lots of Indonesian dishes also but nothing I don’t see any time of the year really
Can’t wait pigs in blankets, stuffing, apple sauce mouth watering time 😊

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