|Most Indonesians eat rice as the main dish for breakfast, lunch,
and dinner. In fact some Indonesians feel they don't eat a meal unless it
is rice. There is a joke that says, even if you have eaten a loaf of bread,
you are still hungry. It's gotta be rice! Other Indonesians are fine with
bread or noodles. For those Indonesians who have been abroad, they got used
having breakfast with bread.
Indonesians eat rice a lot. Lunch, for example, you'll see people with a plate full with rice and a piece of chicken, or fish, or eggs and "sambal" (chillie souce). Indonesians like to eat hot (as in spicy) food. I mean really really really HOT. I would say it is hotter than Mexican food. Even we put chillie in pizza!!! (It's wierd to me. But then again, I am the wierd one ... I cannot eat spicy/hot food!.) If you order food, make sure you say no chilly or no spicy. Otherwise, the default is HOT! There was a friend from Netherland who think that he can handle hot food. (The Dutch like spicy food too.) Boy, he was wrong. He spent two days in his hotel to recover the stomachache.
Each area in Indonesia has its own traditional food and custom. Here is a list of some of them.
Most of the above food are available from restaurants. They are cheap compared to western standards. (I'll gather up some prices in the next update.)
We do have fast food like Mc Donalds, KFC, Wendy's, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Arby's. Other restaurants include various Italian restaurants, Tony Roma's, and others. You name it. Expensive restaurants are also available. Once, I went to a restaurant that serves Kobe steak. It costs US$100/plate! Whoa!
See also: water system in Indonesia