My name is Petty Pandean-Elliott. Since 2004, I have been pioneering modern Indonesian cuisine, both as food consultant and writer, and as an Indonesian chef through my work in professional kitchens. Presenting modern Indonesian cuisine pairing with wine at the Ritz Carlton Pacific Place, Jakarta in 2006 was something very novel back then. Although I grew up in Indonesia, Britain has become my ‘second home’ and, alongside Italy, a part of the world I enjoy visiting as often as I can.
Born in Indonesia, Britain has become my ‘second home’ and together with Italy two of the countries I enjoy visiting most often. While Europe offers wonderful choices, traveling around Indonesia to discover the many hidden treasures in regional Indonesian cuisine is my passion. I love to photograph food, ingredients and markets, as it is clear to see that our eating habits say a great deal about the places in which we live, their history, people and culture. And where better to enjoy such wonders than the Indonesian archipelago? Come discover regional Indonesian cuisine with me!
Author and a self-taught cook, my upbringing in Manado, North Sulawesi, was packed with the sights and aromas of my grandmother’s kitchen. Sulawesi is one of 17,000 islands in Indonesia, and at high school age I moved with my family to another, Java and the capital, Jakarta where I am based today. Living in England several years ago I had the chance to participate in the BBC Master chef competition and since 2004, have been writing about modern Indonesian food for newspapers and magazines, as well as conducting cooking demonstrations and hosting culinary evenings with some of Jakarta’s leading hotels.
All my recipes use authentic Indonesian ingredients but I invariably adapt from traditional recipes in varying the amount of spices and using modern cooking techniques to save time and effort. I am constantly in search of new ideas using locally grown ingredients.
If you are worried that Indonesian food ingredients will be very difficult to find, let me reassure you. There are alternative suggestions for most recipes and you can learn about many Indonesian ingredients using this website.
If you do decide to try the recipes shown, I would love to hear how it goes, especially from those of you living far away from Asia. Comments are always welcome and appreciated.
For those who are based closer to Jakarta, I teach cooking classes around the city, organize dinners with modern Indonesian cuisine paired with fine wines, often with leading hotels in Jakarta and well as private dining. My food columns in Jakarta Globe and Now Jakarta Magazine are where many of the recipes first appeared as well as articles for Martha Stewart Living Indonesia, Her World, Dewi magazine, Esquire and Jakarta Java Kini. My book ‘Papaya Flower’ is about Manado and provincial Indonesian food and is available at Pantry Magic and Kinokuniya book store in Jakarta.
If you have any questions on modern Indonesian cuisine, do get in touch (see the contact section) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for popping by!
Selamat memasak and Selamat makan! Happy Cooking and Bon Appetite!!