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A Statement of LOVE For  Indonesian  Food

A Statement of LOVE For Indonesian Food

Chef Fernando Sindu will share not 1, not 2, but 3 modern Indonesian dishes.

Best of UFF18

Best of UFF18

Bigger and better than ever, the Ubud Food Festival 2018 returned with another celebration of Indonesian food featuring master chefs, celebrities, and food enthusiasts from around the region.

The Accidental CHEF

The Accidental CHEF

JOHN GREW UP in Penang, a veritable food haven, so it wasn’t difficult for him to assimilate good food. From a very early age, he was exposed to a lot of the renowned Penang dishes such as Assam Laksa, Hokkien Prawn Noodles, Fried Kwey Tiao and White Curry Noodles. There was definitely an interest but little did he know that cooking would end up being his career.
“My first encountered cooking was when I was 6, I tried to bake a cake after seeing what my aunt did. However, my parents didn’t allow me to use the oven, and I ended up steaming the cake instead, of course it turned out to be inedible and I ended up throwing it to the bin. It was fun and I still find it amusing when I think about it,” recounts Chef John.
Many years later, John started to work at a restaurant as a waiter. But that was not about to last too long. “I was the accidental chef – I soon realized it would be more enjoyable if I had the opportunity to create the dishes instead of just serving them, and that’s how it all started. And of course, my love of eating plays a huge role for the switch too.”
As executive chef of Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena, John’s main focus is the food served at the hotel. Their restaurant Sky22 is where he focuses most of his attention. Located on the 22nd floor, Sky22 is the new contemporary dining enclave of the hotel. The Novena neighborhood restaurant, aims to deliver innovative dining experiences to inspire and satisfy the most discerning palate. It focuses on local cuisine, and is committed to using premium quality ingredients and local aromatics to create signature dishes including ‘Nasi Ulam’ Wild Rice Salad with charred octopus, Pan-seared Red Grouper with Sambal Oelek and Tiger Prawn Laksa Lemak.
During my recent visit, I was able to try some of Chef John’s signature dishes and was pleasantly surprised how interesting and tasty they were. His creativity and attention to detail was palpable, making for a lovely meal.
‘Nasi Ulam’ Wild Rice Salad
The Nasi Ulam is a forgotten traditional Peranakan dish, it packs a punch of flavors, using many interesting fresh herbs and spices. “I wanted to revive the dish, giving it a twist. Instead of white rice, I wanted it to be a healthier option thus I replaced the white rice with black wild rice that is full of antioxidants and nutrients. To give it a twist, Sky22’s ‘Nasi Ulam’ features charred octopus, long beans, fire-roasted sweet potato, organic betel leaf, ginger flower, crushed peanuts and toasted coconut.”
Sky22 Tiger Prawn Laksa Lemak
This is an elevated version of the nyonya delight. This Singaporean favorite uses thick vermicelli, charred tiger prawns, quail eggs, bean curd puffs and fish cakes, all dosed in a rich spicy coconut gravy. “On my menu, I wanted a Singapore classic, a dish that all Singaporeans know about and my version is slightly richer than those you can find in the regular hawker stores,” John adds.
Singapore Chilli Crab Pizza
A thin crust pizza interpretation of Singapore’s national dish, Chili Crab. It is topped with generous chunks of crab meat and garnished with Spanish onions, red chili and scallions. “This Singaporean favorite, is usually served with Man Tou buns, instead of serving the chili crab dish and buns side by side, I wanted to create a dish that allows diners to eat both together, thus I thought of adding the dish onto a pizza, which in turn also gave the dish a crunch from the pizza. And now you can eat chili crab without dirtying our hands!”
These dishes just show how creative Chef John is and that he won’t shy away from reinterpreting dishes. “I love to experiment with food and with local spices and herbs, as they elevate the taste and fragrance of a dish. Cooking with spices and herbs can bring a dish to a whole new dimension and most importantly herbs actually give the dish a cultural identity.
Serves 4
1⁄3 cup Wild Rice Mix
160 gr Raw Salmon, sashimi grade
1 cup Chicken Stock
1⁄2 cup Sweet Potato, cut into bite sized cubes
1 cup Long Beans, cut into 1-inch length
1⁄3 cup Dried Shrimp
1⁄2 cup Coconut, grated
2 pcs Torch Ginger Flower, finely sliced
1⁄4 cup Thai Basil, finely sliced
1 pcs Red Chili, finely sliced
1⁄4 cup Laksa Leaf, finely sliced
1⁄4 cup Mint Leaf, finely sliced
5 pcs Kaffir Lime Leaves, finely sliced
2 pcs Lemongrass stalks, white part only, thinly sliced
10 pcs Shallots, thinly sliced
4 pcs Betel Leaf, medium, finely sliced
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1⁄3 tsp White Pepper
1⁄3 tsp Black Pepper
1⁄4 cup Peanuts, cooked, crushed
• Cook wild rice mix in chicken stock for 10-15 minutes, over medium heat, with a pinch of salt. For slightly softer wild rice mix, add a little more water. When rice is cooked, set aside and leave to cool.
• Preheat oven to 180°C. Sprinkle a little salt on the sweet potatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in oven for 10-15 minutes at 180°C. Test softness with a fork.
• Blanch long beans in boiling water. Set aside to cool.
• Soak dried shrimp in warm water until softened. Coarsely pound them using a mortar and pestle.
• Sauté pounded shrimp in a wok till fragrant.
• Toast grated coconut in a wok till golden brown. Set aside to cool.
• In a big bowl, combine cooked wild rice, all herbs, shallots, toasted coconut, and dried shrimp. Add salt, sugar, and pepper to taste. Toss well.
• Plate wild rice with cubes of fresh salmon. Sprinkle crushed peanut and serve.
Courtyard by Marriott Singapore Novena
99 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore
T: +65 62 500303
Instagram: @courtyardsingapore
​​​Ramadan Highlights: LE MERIDIEN Jakarta

​​​Ramadan Highlights: LE MERIDIEN Jakarta

​​CLICK CLOCK Ramadan: One Iftar destination, 3 different options.

Gallery VASK is now GALLERY by CHELE

Gallery VASK is now GALLERY by CHELE

After a four-month renovation, Chef Chele Gonzalez reveals his new baby.

Ramadan Highlights: PULLMAN Jakarta Central Park

Ramadan Highlights: PULLMAN Jakarta Central Park

Pullman Jakarta Central Park presents HILAL, a festive Iftar gathering. Hilal, which means crescent moon in Arabic, this is used by the Muslims to determining the beginning and end of Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

This month is known as the Holy Month of Ramadan and is characterized by prayer, reflection and fasting, as well as the centuries-old tradition of sharing Iftaramong families and friends. Pullman Jakarta Central Park brings life to this tradition by organizing a memorable Iftar presentation with a beautiful royal Middle Eastern festive ambience with authentic Arabian and Indonesian cuisine at the Pullman Ballroom with exclusive presentation from their executive chef.

Usually begun with prayer, the Hotel provides a convenient praying space adjacent to the ballroom area. While on the dining venue, the ballroom will be transformed into an Arabic mirage with colored silks, antique lanterns,

and comfortable couches which will take guests to a whole different Iftarexperience. There will be also be Middle Eastern entertainment of dance and music to complete the ambience.

Hilal Iftar Gathering menu includes a tantalizing array of appetizers (Baba ganoush, Baydh mahshi, Hummus, Tabouleh, Chicken salad with lemongrass and lime, Green beans with plecing sauce and tuna, Indonesian salad), soup (Sawrabatal-nikhi, Tauto, Indonesian Soup of The Day), signature dishes (Lamb kafsa, Shawarma, Shish taouk, Egyptian omelette), main courses (Al-Mandi, Dajashawarma, Yakhnet samak, various Indonesian satay of the day, palatable meat and seafood dishes, selections of healthy Indonesian vegetable dishes), dessert (Baklava, Umali, Fresh fruits, Indonesian traditional desserts), Ta’Jil (Traditional Kolak, dates, Indonesian favorite Tajil selections), and drinks (Moroccan mint tea, Turkish coffee) which are served on a daily basis.

This exclusive program is available daily and priced at IDR 350,000++ per person starting from 28 May – 10 June 2018 and 25 – 30 June 2018, from 17 :00 – 22 :00. Special offers for booking minimum 10 pax and get 20% off.


Pullman Jakarta Central Park

Podomoro City, Jl. Letjen S. Parman Kav. 28, Tanjung Duren Selatan, Jakarta Barat

+6221 29200088




Ramadan Highlights : DOUBLETREE BY HILTON Jakarta – Diponegoro

Ramadan Highlights : DOUBLETREE BY HILTON Jakarta – Diponegoro

Two different concepts: Kampung Betawi at OPEN} Restaurant and Middle Eastern Mist at Sea Grain Restaurant

Ramadan Highlights: PULLMAN Jakarta Indonesia

Ramadan Highlights: PULLMAN Jakarta Indonesia

Exquisite Iftar offerings and unforgettable experiences.

Ramadan Highlights : AYANA Midplaza, Jakarta

Ramadan Highlights : AYANA Midplaza, Jakarta

AYANA Midplaza, JAKARTA takes Ramadan 2018 to a stylish new level with a month-long itinerary of signature promotions that includes sumptuous cuisine, relaxing entertainment, and shisha lounge sessions with an Arabian touch.

Ramadan meeting and Halal Bi Halal packages are also available to accommodate business events during the holy month, while leisure travelers are welcome to enjoy a refreshing and authentic travel experience with AYANA’s thoughtfully curated Ramadan and Eid packages.

Breakfasting at Rasa Restaurant

Rasa Restaurant invites guests to satisfy their cravings each day with an exotic culinary journey that presents the best of AYANA’s signature dishes along with soothing Arabic music. Enjoy a full evening of delicious food and memorable entertainment starting at Rp. 368,000 ++ per person (15– 20 May and 11 -14 June 2018) per person and Rp. 408,000 ++ (21 May – 10 June 2018).

Light Takjil Buffet at JimBARAn Lounge

Available every day of the week throughout Ramadan, AYANA’s traditional Takjil Buffet at JimBARan Garden welcomes the surrounding community to think of the 5-star business and leisure hotel as their home away from home in the city. Priced at Rp. 128,000++ per person, the meal can be personalized with a complimentary beverage and a variety of takjil to choose from depending on the mood. Guests can elevate their experience by combining their Takjil Buffet with Shisha for only Rp. 288.000 ++ per person.

Flavorful Shisha

AYANA’s stunning swimming pool and JimBARan Lounge take center stage at night as the tropical oasis is transformed into a sultry shisha lounge surrounded by glimmering skyscrapers. Guests can select from an enticing menu of flavorful shisha for only Rp. 188.000 ++ per set.


Delightful Ramadan Hampers

Ramadan is the perfect time to bring happiness to your family, colleagues, and loved ones by sending a basket full of sweet delights. AYANA Midplaza, JAKARTA offers five unique choices of baskets packed with classic and signature delicacies, starting from Rp. 498.000 ++.


AYANA Midplaza, Jakarta

Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 10-11, Jakarta

+62 21 251 0888


IG: @ayanajakarta







Ramadan Highlights:​The Dharmawangsa Jakarta

Ramadan Highlights:​The Dharmawangsa Jakarta

Presenting special Iftar programs to celebrate the blessings of Ramadan

Ramadan Highlights : SHANGRI-LA Hotel, Jakarta

Ramadan Highlights : SHANGRI-LA Hotel, Jakarta

​Break your fasting with an array of delicious food offerings

​​Ramadan Highlights: Fairmont Jakarta

​​Ramadan Highlights: Fairmont Jakarta

In the holy month of Ramadan, Fairmont Jakarta offers its unique rendition of authentic local and international favorites at the hotel’s restaurants including Spectrum, Sapori Deli and 1945 from 15 May to 14 June 2018.


Ramadan Buffet at Spectrum

The famous buffet restaurant, Spectrum offers a myriad of dishes freshly prepared by the talented culinary team led by Executive Chef Edi Pancamala. The Iftarbuffet menu features a lavish spread of mouth-watering specialties from around the world. Begin the gastronomy journey of Ramadan with appetizers such as hot & cold mezze. Savour a spread of classic main courses that includes Nasi Kebuli, IgaBakar Dabu-dabu, Mediterranean Kebab and more. Sumptuous international flavors are also available at various show kitchens ranging from Western cuisine, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Chinese and more. Guest can end their meal with mouth-watering desserts all lusciously displayed at Spectrum dessert station.

During the month of Ramadan, Spectrum will charm diners with its relaxing atmosphere and Arabic décor. Buka puasa buffet will be served daily from 5pm – 10.30pm and priced at IDR 408,000++ per person including beverages. Private rooms are available for those wanting to have more intimate gatherings.


Create Your Own Liwet Style at 1945 Restaurant

To enjoy innovative Indonesian menus, 1945 will showcase the flavorful dishes in a form of liwetan. This special menu is ideal for those who plan to have a memorable group gathering over a fantastic meal. The package includes 1945’s signature dishes, such as Ayam Bakar Rujak, Cumi Woku, Sate Maranggi and more.  A choice of Ramadan set menu and buffet are also available to cater different preferences. The menu will be available from 6pm – 10.30pm with prices ranging from IDR 588,000++ per person for set menu, IDR 648,000++ for buffet and IDR 8,888,000++ for liwet package with a maximum of 20 peopl. 1945 also offers a space for private events. The private dining area can accommodate 12 to 40 people.

Ramadan Gathering at Sapori Deli

Sapori Deli, the hotel’s exquisite Italian restaurant, offers guests three dining options from 3-course set menu, family style and buffet menus with inspirations of Italian, Indonesian and Arabic dishes. In addition to the special Ramadhan menu, guests can also enjoy complimentary iftar corner, which serves a range of traditional sweets and fritters. The Iftar set menu at Sapori Deli is priced at IDR 348,000++ per person including free-flow beverages.


Lebaran Festive Hampers

To celebrate the season of gift giving, Fairmont Jakarta presents sumptuous hampers full of delicious freshly-baked goods and classic Lebaran cakes including Lapis Legit, Nastar Cookies, Kastagel, Chocolate Dates, Cashew Nut, Roasted peanut, Chocolate Pralines, Oreo Sable and Sparkling Apple Juice. Presented in an elegant green box with a touch of gold, the hampers is priced from IDR 1,088,000++. Guest can enjoy early bird promotion of 15% discount for bookings before 15 May 2018.


Fairmont Jakarta

Jl. Asia Afrika No.8, Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta,

+62 21 2970 3333


IG: @fairmontjakarta