Popular food trends in Indonesia in 2016

Popular food trends in Indonesia in 2016
PHOTO: McDonald's Indonesia

Indonesians are all about trends. Here are the five most popular food trends in Indonesia in 2016, as reported by Antara news agency.

Samyang instant noodle

The Korean spicy ramen was a must-try instant noodle throughout 2016. The popularity of the dish came about courtesy of the Samyang Challenge, a popular video showing the reaction of public figures while trying the spicy noodle.

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Tahu bulat

Tahu bulat (round tofu) is not the usual fried fritters. While sellers of fried fritters use carts, tahu bulat's sellers travel with pick-up vehicles and fry the tofu in the car. A catchy tune roars, enticing hungry food enthusiasts to buy the fried tofu. The instant popularity led to the appearance of the Tahu Bulat game on smartphones.

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Martabak is not a new kid on the block, as it has been around for decades. However, the modern martabak with premium fillings such as Nutella, Ovomaltine and matcha (green tea powder) managed to steal the thunder this year.

One of the most talked-about martabak joints serving premium-grade martabak is Makobar. Owned by the first son of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, Makobar offers a pizza-shaped Indonesian pancake with various toppings, such as Cadbury, Toblerone, Nutella and Kit Kat.

Eat,share and happiness. Happy thursday gengs ? Pic by @afifahnurnputri ———————————————————— mulai sekarang markobar sudah bisa dipesan via gofood untuk semua TKP ———————————————————— Kunjungi web kami di markobar1996.com ———————————————————— Update 17 TK

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Eat,share and happiness. Happy thursday gengs 😘 Pic by @afifahnurnputri ———————————————————— mulai sekarang markobar sudah bisa dipesan via gofood untuk semua TKP ———————————————————— Kunjungi web kami di markobar1996.com ———————————————————— Update 17 TKP lainnya, beserta nomor telephone yang bisa dihubungi: 1. SGM 📝 Jl. Sutawijaya No. 147 ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 082324913789 (DO) 2. HTC Solo Baru 📝 jl. Ir Soekarno ⌚12.00-23.00 3. Seturan 📝 jl raya seturan ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 082135807979 4. Semarang 1 📝 jl pemuda 163A ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 085877321268 5. Semarang 2 📝 jl durian raya 21(DU Cafe) ⌚ 17.00-23.00 6. Kottabarat 📝 jl dr moewardi ⌚ 17.00-23.00 7. Cikini 📝 jl raden saleh 39 ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 081289563296 8. Surabaya 📝 jl pucang anom timur IV no 4 ⌚ 12.00-22.00 ☎ : 085727200708 9. Bekasi 📝 jl sultan agung 43 ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎: 085777673627 10. Kedoya 📝 Jl surya wijaya no 8 (XYZ District) ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 081316441393 11. Kelapa Gading (Foodtruck) 📝 Jalan Boulevard Kelapa Gading (depan rock goal) ⌚ 17.00-23.00 12. Bandung 📝 jl RE Martadinata 123 ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 082211666450 13. Manado 📝 jl. BW. Lapian no. 46, Tikala, Manado ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 085212377775 14. Makassar 📝 jl lombok 15B ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 081354799977 15. Balikpapan 📝 jl sungai ampal, Kompleks pertokoan pasar segar blok RC nomer 01 ⌚ 12.00-23.00 ☎ : 081520308557 16. Medan 📝 Ben's cafe Jl.DR Mansyur No 128 ⌚ 12.00-23.00a ☎ : 081285784657 17. Malang 📝 Monopoly Cafe, Jl. Soekarno Hatta No. 28 ⌚17.00-23.00 ☎: 085727200708

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There were many up-and-coming Japanese cheesecake brands this year. One of the most hotly anticipated cheesecake brands is Pablo Cheesetart. Originally from Osaka, Japan, the Pablo Cheesetart opened its first branch at the Gandaria City shopping mall in South Jakarta in November. Since then, food enthusiasts have been flooding to the outlet.

McDonald's Apple Pie

After a long hiatus, McDonald's apple pie returned in October. This comeback warmed the hearts of fans, although the size of the pie is noticeably smaller compared to the previous version that was popular in the 1990s.

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