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Ubud Food Festival spices up the world with Indonesian cuisine

  • Rita Widiadana

    The Jakarta Post

Ubud, Bali   /   Thu, May 16 2019   /  03:02 am

Iconic: Nyonya Nuptial Nosh is the stuff of legends. The array of dishes originates from the descendants of early Chinese migrants in Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Indonesia. (Ubud Food Festival/Anggara Mahendra)Home to more than 300 ethnic groups across 17,000 islands, Indonesia, with its rich culinary diversity, is a paradise like no other for food lovers.American cook James Beard once said, “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”This saying was true when the artsy village of Ubud in Gianyar, Bali, recently hosted a vibrant culinary event in the fifth Ubud Food Festival. This year’s theme was “Spice Up the World”.Far from the noisy post-election bustle of the capital Jakarta, the three-day festival in tranquil Ubud brought together world-class and up-and-coming chefs, culinary legends, food writers and bloggers, restaurateurs, bold and creative entrepreneurs, sc...