The Republic of Indonesia is the world’s largest island nation and the 14th-largest country by area. Indonesia’s 17,000 islands are located in Southeast Asia and Oceania, straddling the Pacific and Indian oceans. Indonesia also holds the title of being the world’s fourth-most populous country as well as the most populous Muslim-majority country. It’s a big place in every way imaginable!

Not too surprisingly, Indonesia also boasts a big economy, the largest in Southeast Asia the 7th largest in terms of GDP (PPP), and the 16th largest economy in the world by nominal GDP. This makes Indonesia a great place to do business with lots of opportunities for foreign investment. Anybody interested in running a company in Indonesia should seek the assistance of payroll services Indonesia to help them navigate the sometimes tricky waters of the government’s trade laws toward profit and success!

Another big thing in Indonesia that the rest of the world has yet to catch up on is its incredible cuisine. The many different peoples and cultures both Asian and European who have made the islands their home all brought their food traditions with them, and this mixture of native and newer foods has formed a culinary marvel that one simply must experience. The food of Indonesia is extremely healthy so you can probably skip your morning supplement routine on days you venture out to sample the myriad local delicacies on offer. Here are just a few to whet your appetite!

Nasi goreng &mie goreng- These are two variations of the same dish, nasi goreng is Indonesia’s version of fried rice, and mie goreng is the same dish but made with noodles. Both dishes feature ground meat and finely chopped veggies mixed with kecapmanis, a sweet soy sauce that stains the starchy ingredients dark brown and caramelizes them while they cook. The results are topped with a sunny-side-up egg, the runny yolk giving the rich rice and noodles even more flavour. Fresh tomato wedges and cucumber slices are served on the side.

Bakso, also called baso– These Indonesian meatballs are made from lean ground meat, fish, or seafood, with garlic, fresh coriander, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. The meatballs are served in soup with noodles, beansprouts, leafy greens, chillies, and crispy shallots. Simple and delicious!

Sate ayam –  One of Indonesia’s most delectable foods, sate is a meat skewer marinated in all kinds of delicious herbs, spices, and sauces prior to being grilled to perfection over hot coals, then served smothered in a rich peanut sauce. The marinade includes candlenuts, onion, garlic, lime leaves, fennel seeds, lemongrass, coriander powder, sugar, kecapmanis, and turmeric. Sate babi is made of pork and sate ayam is made of chicken, both of which absorb the smokiness of the charcoal when they are grilled. The creamy, rich peanut sauce makes a wonderful contrast to the potent marinade, after you’ve tried it you’ll want to drizzle it on everything you eat!

See Indonesia’s official tourism websitefor more attractions!