Indonesian dishes are notable for its use of spices. (Shutterstock/File)
From Aug. 4 to 12, Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, Australia, is hosting a culinary festival titled “A Taste of Indonesia.”
“We’re bringing two chefs from Shangri-La Jakarta who are experts in cooking Indonesian food,” said the ministry's deputy minister for Overseas Promotion I Gde Pitana.
Among the dishes being presented are soto ayam (chicken aromatic soup), daging konro Makassar (Makassar-style rib soup), rendang (beef simmered in coconut and spices), bebek betutu (Balinese slow-cooked duck), ayam bakar jawa (Javanese-style grilled chicken), telor balado (egg with balado sambal) and udang goreng sambal balado (fried prawn with balado sambal).
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The festival also invites travel agents to sell tour packages to destinations such as Jakarta and Bali and features an orchestra performance of gamelan Bali.
“We are targeting for more than 1,000 people to take part in the festival,” Pitana said, adding that the target is quite realistic considering Indonesian food is quite popular among Australians, especially those who live in Sydney.
“Just look at the NZAC Parade area; there are 10 restaurants located side-by-side that serve Indonesian food such as Fajar Restaurant, , Ayam Goreng, Penang Bistro, Indo Rasa, Sedap Rasa, Ubud Fine Dining, Pempek Palembang Clovelly and nasi padang. These restaurants are always filled with people; so many Sydney residents enjoy the variety of Indonesian cuisine, especially students and workers from Indonesia who live there,” added Pitana.
According to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya, culinary is a great tool to promote Wonderful Indonesia tourism brand to the world.
Indonesian food itself has been recognized in the international market, including news website CNN that listed sate (skewer), nasi goreng (fried rice) and rendang in its list of the World’s 50 Best Foods (http://www.cnn.com/travel/art