Indonesian Food Fair @ JP Teres, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
I practically grew up with Indonesian Food. So yeah I love it. There are however different ways of making a dish depending on which part of Indonesia a person is from. So the Indonesian Food Fair @ JP Teres, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur was a really good way to try some new dishes. It's currently on until 14th September.
Before trying out what the Indonesian Food Fair had to offer I was treated to an Indonesian Food Demonstration by master chefs from Grand Hyatt Jakarta - Chef Gatot Tristano and Pastry Chef Abraham Alex.
Chef Gatot Tristano in charge of Grand Cafe Restaurant at Grand Hyatt Jakarta and has participated in the Indonesian food festival for Hyatt Regency Osaka in August 2010 and Grand Hyatt Muscat in February 2013. He was also part of the culinary team cooking for Sultan Burnei's Birthday in 2008. His signature dish Sop Buntot (Oxtail Soup) which he showed how to cook at the session. To compliment it he prepared a simple salad, Selada Behari (Seafood Saladwith Chili Dressing).
Selada Behari is very simple to make. It requires you to prepare the cut ingredients, make the sauce and mix them all. This is really healthy as there was no cooking involved apart from blanching the tiger prawns, squid, snapper and sauce.
The Sop Buntot also seemed fairly simple. Will Chef Gatot made it look simple. You do however need to cook the oxtail for 2 hours before adding the rest of the ingredients to the pot and let it simmer for another 10 minutes. It tasted really good. I liked that the soup was light and not heavy on spices which made the oxtail standout even more. Enjoyed this one!
Chef Alex then completed the course with dessert, Dadar Gulung (Pandan Pancake with Coconut and Palm Sugar) or as I know it, kuih ketayap. Why ketayap I have no idea because dadar gulung makes more sense. Lol! Chef Alex has been with Grand Hyatt Jakarta for six years and is passionate in bringing out the best of traditional Indonesian Pastry. He had the privilege to be an assistant chef at the Indonesian presidential palace for a state event in 2007 and in April 2013 won the Indonesian Salon Culinaire award for Petite Four and Praline categories. His signature pastry is Putu Ayu (Mini Pandan Cake).
For the Dadar Gulung you start by making the pancake ensuring that is doesn't go too thick. The grated coconut filling is cooked with palm sugar, salt added and cooked until dry. Then all you need to do is place the filling at one end of the pancake and start rolling. This was yummy! The colour of the filling was lighter than the ones I'm used to seeing but the taste was all there.
After that informative session I tried out more Indonesian food over at JP Teres. The choice seemed endless. My personal faves are the Chicken Satay and Fish cooked with Chili Paste. The Chicken Satay and the peanut sauce tastes slightly different from the usual ones I've tried. It's a wonderful change. You just have to end it all with the Banana Fritters A la Mode! It's a basic dessert yet so satisfying!
The Indonesian Food Fair at JP Teres, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is currently on until 14 September 2013. For more information or reservations, please call JP Teres at 03-21821234 ext 2333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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