Indonesia Culinary Journey – Flavors of The Archipelago

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Exquisite Culinary Collaboration of Seven Marriott’s Hotels in Indonesia Celebrating RI 71st Independence Day.

Welcoming Indonesia’s 71st Independence Day, Marriott International proudly presents the first ever Indonesia Culinary Journey – Flavors of the Archipelago.  From 15 August – 6 September 2016, Chefs from JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta, The Mayflower, Jakarta – Marriott Executive Apartments, JW Marriott Hotel Medan, JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya, Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Seminyak, Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Nusa Dua, The Stones, Legian, Bali – A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel,  will join forces and bring a special gastronomic collaboration to celebrate the country’s culinary heritage.  One chef from each hotel will visit all seven hotels to feature all seven dishes in the restaurants for guests to enjoy.

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“We are very excited to announce the first Indonesia Culinary Journey presented by Marriott hotels in celebrating the Independence Day.  Being the largest archipelago in the world and home of a vast array of unique and vibrant cuisine, Indonesia saves many family secret recipes that will be introduced to guests by these Chefs. We really look forward to see the dishes that will be featured during the roadshow from each hotel as it represents unique recipes of their family as well as their region,” said Ms. Marie Browne, Marriott International – Area Director of Operations for Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and South Korea.

Inspired by the true concept of a classic seven course, each hotel will prepare one course of this grand menu to represent their hotel during the promotion. At the preliminary stage to this enticing roadshow, internal competitions were held at each hotel in search of the most authentic and unique Indonesian dish. The seven chefs along with the winning dishes will then join the culinary journey to represent their hotels across Indonesia.

Just in time to mark the Indonesia’s 71st anniversary of independence, the roadshow will be launched at JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta on Monday, August 15, where the seven chefs will present the dishes in Sailendra Restaurant available until The Independence Day on August 17.  It will then continue to JW Marriott Hotel Medan from August 23 – 25. Next destination will be JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya, from August 27 – 29. The final course of the journey will take place in the island of Gods starting from Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Seminyak from August 30 – 31, Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Nusa Dua from September 2 – 3, and finally The Stones, Legian, Bali – A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel from September 5 – 6.

Chosen by a group of food experts and local chefs, the seven featured dishes have been picked to showcase the true authentic flavor of Indonesia across the Marriott hotels in the country. The featured salad dish is Spicy Gado-Gado Torti Roll, a special creation by Chef Andi Setiawan of The Mayflower, Jakarta – Marriott Executive Apartments. The dish is a refined transformation of one of Jakarta’s signature dishes and his grandmother’s recipe of Gado-Gado; it’s Gado-Gado in one bite.

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Continuing to the soup component of the offering, diners may enjoy another classic Indonesian dish originated from East Java, Rawon Iga (Beef ribs black soup) and Tahu Campur (Beef soup mixed with vegetable and black shrimp paste).  Adding a more contemporary twist to the dishes, Chef Vaulanda of JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya will assure that these would be one of the diners’ favorite.

JW SBY - Rawon Iga

Inspired by Andaliman, which is the one of the spices that represents Medan, Chef Broto of JW Marriott Hotel Medan will bring Ikan Gerapu masak arsik khas Toba (Crispy grouper fish in Toba Arsik style). The unique flavor of Andaliman mixed with traditional spices would complement the fish perfectly.  The dish offers an original taste of Bataknese / North Sumatrans cuisine.

JW Medan - Crispy Grouper fish with Arsik Paste

Inspired by his love for Durian, Chef Deni Purwanto of JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta will bring his mother’s recipe Gulai Daging Masak Tempoyak (Sweet and sour beef and fermented durian curry), a dish that he always enjoy eating as a kid. Tempoyak is a condiment made from fermented durian, commonly used in the western part of Sumatra including his mother’s hometown, Jambi.

CY Seminyak - Ayam Kuah Becundang

Ready to represent the exotic flavors of Bali, Chef I Nengah Mingguana of Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Seminyak will bring his creation of Ayam Kuah Becundang (Stewed Chicken Kampong “Rooster” Soup). This came from traditional recipe in Bali from many generations before him. Balinese people usually use chicken kampong “Rooster” meat and cook it as soup.  It takes around 60 minutes to make the meat tender, juicy and ready to serve.

THE STONES - Yuyu Palem Telengis Matambus

Rounding up the main course component, Chef I Made Dewa Suardi Yasa of The Stones, Legian, Bali –A Marriott Autograph Collection Hotel will bring his grandmother’s Yuyu Palem Telengis Mepes Nasi Oran Jagung (Mixed Steamed white rice and Sweet Corn), Lawar Kelungah (Young Coconut and Soft Shell Crab Salad), Sambal Sere Tabiya (Chili with Shrimp Paste). The dish came from his grandmother and it is very famous at Yeh Embang, one of village in Negara, West of Bali, where his grandmother used to live. As the sweet end of the meal, Chef I.B. Oka Yudha Pratama of Courtyard by Marriott Bali, Nusa Dua will prepare Abug with Burnt Coconut Ice Puter and Caramelized Banana. Abug is one of the many traditional Indonesian cakes that originated from Karangasem regency in Bali originally made from steamed sticky “ketan” rice flour, grated coconut and sugar or sometimes palm sugar.  This dish usually served with coffee or tea during friends or relatives’ visit.  Chef Oka creates a modern look to the chewy-crumbly texture snack to make it popular among the younger generation.

In addition to the food promotion taking place at the hotels, the chefs will involve in various activities such as a special gathering with the local media and bloggers as well as involve in Spirit to Serve (Marriott International’s social responsibility and community engagement activity) with the local organization. “Through this roadshow, we aim to not only promote the uniqueness of the Indonesian cuisine, but also to give back and contribute to the surrounding community,” added Ms. Browne.

Marriott is proud to partner with Citilink Indonesia as the travel partner for this exciting journey across Indonesia.

For more information and reserve your table at Sailendra Restaurant, please call (021) 5798 8889.

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