Indonesian Breakfasts You Should Try at Least Once in a Lifetime

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day they say. It is also a great time to try new food. Try getting up early when you travel and discover what the locals are having to start the day.

These are some of my favourite breakfasts in Indonesia, I hope you can give it a try when you come here.


Gudeg is Yogyakarta’s pride and joy. There are hundreds, or maybe thousands, of gudeg stalls here. From the famous ones to the small ones. Gudeg itself is young jackfruit cooked in coconut sugar, simmered slowly until it is soft.

A gudeg stall in Yogyakarta

There are many side dishes that comes with it including chicken cooked in coconut milk broth, spicy krecek (made from cow’s skin), tofu, tempe and areh (mostly made out of coconut milk and usually poured over the chicken). Gudeg and its condiments are usually served with white rice or bubur (porridge).


Soto is my favourite breakfast dish as it is refreshing and delicious. It is rice served with a generous pour of chicken broth with bits of chicken, bean sprouts and sometimes vermicelli depending on what kind of soto you eat. There are a lot of different kinds of soto in Indonesia, each region has their own unique twist. The ones I usually eat are made of chicken but you can also find beef soto.

Soto and its many side dishes

Usually at a soto stall, you’ll find side dishes such as perkedel (potato fritter), mendoan (tempe), sate telur puyuh (quail eggs satay) and many more. You can add sambal and sweet soy sauce if you want to add more flavours to your soto.

Lontong Opor

Lontong opor is a dish made out of lontong or rice cakes (diced in small pieces) poured with opor. Opor itself is made from coconut milk and other condiments like candlenut, turmeric, coriander cooked together with chicken until tender. The result is this thick, yellowish colour broth. There are different kinds of lontong opor, the one I really like is lontong opor cap go meh which is the peranakan version. It is served with sayur labu siam (chayote in chilli broth), egg and a generous sprinkle of soya powder. It is amazing!

Delicious lontong opor cap go meh

Sop Senerek

Sop senerek is soup with red beans, carrots, spinach and bits of beef. The soup is clear and is served with rice on the side or mixed if you prefer. I love having this savoury soup for breakfast, especially after a swim!

Sop senerek

Bubur Ayam

Rice congee is an AMAZING breakfast! Like many of the dishes above, there are many versions of bubur ayam. The peranakan one has no broth, usually served with cakwe (youtiao/chinese doughnut) cut into small pieces other condiments. The congee is white with chicken in it. The other version I like is bubur ayam Jakarta with a yellow soto-like broth with fried soya beans and fried shallots. There are also other congee in Indonesia like the one from Manado, which is quite different from the two I mentioned. If you like congee, each version is definitely worth a try as they are unique and quite different from one another.

Pisang Goreng

Banana fritter is my express breakfast when I don’t feel like eating anything heavy. Another version of banana breakfast is light grilled banana. Make sure your banana is sweet as it will enhance the flavour when cooked.

Sometimes pisang goreng (and warm tea) is enough

Nasi Kuning

Yellow rice is a rice dish made of rice in coconut milk and turmeric hence the yellow colour. If you want something a little heavy this is the perfect breakfast dish. It is usually served with potato fritter, beef floss, egg, kering kentang (sweet, crisp, thinly sliced potato with peanuts) and also sambal.

Don’t worry if you miss these dishes for breakfast, you can always have them as lunch 😉

Have you ever tried any of them?

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12 Comment

  1. i don’t think i’ve ever had sop senerek at all. soto, i think i’ve only had it for breakfast once in jogja. and nasi kuning, when in manado. cos when you travel, you often do/eat things (the way) you’ve never done before :))

    but out of all these, bubur ayam is the most often i have for breakfast.

    okay now i gotta go look for something to eat, your pictures here make my stomach growl :))

    1. My usual sop senerek is in Magelang, it’s SO good! Next time you come to Jogja I’ll take you to my fave soto stall(s) in town 😉

  2. Nasi pecel! Langsung pengen nasi pecel mbok mbok di pasar Beringharjo . Sementara aku sarapan pisang di sini hahaha. Sop Serenek baru dengar ini. Oh iya, di kotaku (Situbondo) Tajin Palappa itu jadi sarapan sehari2. Bubur dari beras pakai bumbu kayak rujak sayur trus dikasih sayur gitu. Yummm aku ngiler nulis ini haha. Tapi aku ga yakin kalau balik Indonesia apa masih bisa sarapan yg berat2. Biasa makan pisang doang.

    1. Wah aku kok lali sama SGPC yaaaa hahaha jarang makan pecel utk sarapan. Dulu hobinya SGPC UGM, ama sop juga enaaakkk. Aku baru denger mbak tajin palappa kayaknya uenakkkk. Ayo pulang, pasti ngiler hihihi

  3. deskripsi sop senerek ini mirip Bruine Bonensoep (Dutch Brown Bean Soup) tanpa bayam deh…gokil jg ya dijadiin sarapan hahaha

    1. Emang kayaknya dasarnya bruine bonensoep itu, tp dikasih twist jawa hakakakak. Enak kak, di Magelang josss enak bangett pas buat sarapan

  4. Ini Kurang Rawon dan Nasi Pecel …… heehehehe
    salam kenal

    1. Salam kenal juga! Rawon juga enak ya, biasanya kalau ke Surabaya makan rawon untuk makan siang.

  5. Lontong opor is my favorite! Berat banget sih buat sarapan dan ga sehat juga kalo keseringan, tapi gimana yah enak banget soalnya :’). I never heard of Sop Senerek, kalo ngeliat jenisnya sih kayanya udah pernah makan tapi ga tau aja itu namanya Sop Senerek 😀

    1. Lontong opor juga favorit banget tapi susah cari yang enak di Jogja, kesukaanku di Salatiga. It is pretty heave for breakfast but totally worth it LOL. Sop senerek is basically just beef soup but with added red beans, super awesome for breakfast!

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