Archipelago Feast, LondonSep 26, 2017
Residence of Indonesian Ambassador to UK, H.E. Dr. Rizal Sukma and his wife, Mrs Hana Satriyo, September 20th 2017.
This special dinner marked a successful ‘Indonesia Briefing’ at the Indonesian Embassy to a large group from the UK business and trade community, including a very interesting session on the Empowerment of Women in Indonesia.
Dr. Sukma introduced Helianti Hilman, Founder of Javara, on the rich diversity and creativity of Indonesian food, one of his key messages since taking up his appointment over a year ago. Javara is a highly successful social enterprise specializing in Indonesian food products reaching over 20 markets worldwide.
Petty Elliott’s five-course feast showcased Javara products to a theme “Discovering Indonesia’s biodiversity and agricultural heritage” giving Dr. Sukma the opportunity of demonstrating to his guests the variety of tastes and flavours that make Indonesian food so special.
The Amuse bouche was a tuna tartar with woku mixed spice, floral sea salt and extra virgin coconut oil. This was followed by a delightfully light and flavoursome mix of roasted vegetables with Flores sorghum in a salad accented by chilies, citrus and extra virgin coconut oil.
Up next, appropriate to the commencement of autumn, was a heartwarming Beef Rawon soup using the kluwak nut. The main course was traditional Nasi Tumpeng Nusantara, with every guest given the honour of a mini cone of turmeric and coconut infused rice and lemon grass accompanied by a rich archipelago of flavours from West Sumatran Padang beef rendang to North Sumatra style cod with andaliman sambal, from Manado chicken from North Sulawesi to the Sambal tempe of Java alongside Aceh pineapple and Urap, mixed vegetables served with melinjo chips.
Dessert was a favourite, Kolak Pisang, caramelized banana with coconut jam and ice cream on almond soil with cocoa nibs, coconut chips and edible flowers.
Needless to say guests were offered some delightful Uwuh spiced (ginger, cinnamon, cloves, secang bark) teas and Aceh coffee, before making the journey home.
Photo credits: Indonesian Embassy London and Petty Elliott