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Visual feast: Anime-style renditions of Indonesian dishes satiate virtual appetite

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Jakarta  /  Thu, July 11, 2019  /  05:33 pm
Visual feast: Anime-style renditions of Indonesian dishes satiate virtual appetite

A series of food illustrations, originally drawn by local artist Alfeus Yuliant Christie, has been made popular by Twitter user Indro Moektiono, who posted the artworks on his page @indiedo. (twitter.com/indiedo/File)

Several appetizing anime-style illustrations of Indonesian cuisine have gone viral on social media, garnering thousands of approving responses from famished netizens.

The series of food illustrations, originally drawn by local artist Alfeus Yuliant Christie, was made popular by Twitter user Indro Moektiono, who posted the artworks on his page @indiedo.

“These aren’t screenshots from any anime or any Ghibli movie. These are masterpieces made by Indonesian illustration Alfeus Christie,” Indro wrote in his tweet, alongside Alfeus’ immaculate renditions of famous Indonesian dishes such as satay, chicken noodles, soto ayam (chicken soup with noodles) and martabak (stuffed fried pancakes).

The tweet has since garnered over 10,000 likes and 8,000 replies. 

In addition to the still renditions of ubiquitous Indonesian meals, Indro also uploaded Alfeus’ short animated video depicting a chicken porridge vendor preparing his signature dish. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

「Your Daily Dose of Food series」 - Bubur Ayam animated by myself music by @mandykowara Bubur ayam is a Chinese-Indonesian chicken congee. It is ricecongee with shredded chicken meat served with some condiments, such as chopped scallion crispy fried shallot, celery, tongcay(preserved salted vegetables), fried soybean, Chinese crullers (known as cakwe in Indonesia), and both salty and sweet soy sauce, and sometimes topped with yellow chicken broth and kerupuk (Indonesian-style crackers). #buburayam #bubur #indonesia #indonesianfood #foods #foodie #foodies #foodpic #foodpics #foodlover #foodlovers #foodgram #foodart #foodheaven #kulinerindonesia #kulinerenak #kuliner #kulinermurah #kulineran #fotd #foodaddict #makanenak #art #animation #artoninstagram #artoftheday

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“There’s finally an animated version. This guy is going places!” he wrote in a separate tweet, in support of Alfeus’ project.

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Alfeus, who showcases his original artwork on his Instagram page @harousel, said he made illustrations of popular Indonesian food as a means to exercise his artistic muscles.

“I initially only intended the project as a personal creative outlet, because I had no previous experience of drawing food. I mainly focused on animation,” Alfeus said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com

His Instagram feed, which serves as a visual buffet of sorts, is filled to the brim with 2-D renditions of famous Indonesian dishes, including Indomie goreng (fried Indomie noodles), sayur asem (vegetables in tamarind soup) and nasi tumpeng (a cone-shaped serving of yellow rice accompanied by assorted side dishes).

Each of his Instagram posts has garnered an average of over 10,000 likes from netizens. 

“The glut of positive reactions I’ve been getting has motivated me to keep drawing popular Indonesian food,” Alfeus said. (rfa/kes)