Indonesian food is fundamentally earthy: Think of spicy red sambal sauce paired with ayam goreng (fried chicken), or fish paste balls and a creamy peanut sauce over lean bean sprouts and crispy green vegetables. Meals are sometimes served on banana leaves, and each dish is designed to stuff you full. And if you're into exotic fruit, all of these places serve up a mean durian milkshake.
The cuisine is as diverse as the 18,000 islands on the archipelago of Indonesia. There isn't much of it in Los Angeles. In the States, there are only 44,000 Indonesians compared to the six figure count of Chinese, Japanese and Koreans, respectively, and the restaurant figures reflect that statistic.
Turn the page for our round-up of five great Indonesian restaurants in Los Angeles.