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'Dapur Naga': A peek into 'peranakan' cuisine

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 23 2008   /  10:32 am

Indonesia's peranakan cuisine, a blend of Malay and Javanese culinary traditions with borrowings from Chinese and Dutch cuisines, is widespread in home cooking but has rarely been documented. A number of restaurants bearing a peranakan theme use home recipes passed down orally from one generation to the next. In Central Jakarta, you can check out Dapur Babah on Jl. Veteran. Three South Jakarta restaurants offer peranakan fare: Kembang Goela on Jl. Jendral Sudirman, Meradelima in Pondok Indah and Kedai Tiga Nyonya on Jl. MT Haryono. "There is so little documentation on peranakan cuisine in Indonesia," said psychologist Myra Sidharta, 81, who is also an expert on Chinese-Indonesian culture. Myra has collaborated with gastronomy expert Suryatini N. Ganie, 78, to compile classic as well as little-known peranakan recipes which have been published as Dapur Naga...