Wellington - Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to New Zealand introduces the nation's culinary cuisine. The best-selling oxtail soup was invaded.
Indonesian Cullinary Week (ICW), the promotional program was held at the 5-star hotel, James Cook Hotel, in the capital Wellington - and will last until August 20th.
About 250 people, mostly New Zealanders, tasted the Indonesian food on the opening day on Thursday (10/8) evening local time. In addition to restaurant attendees, the event was also attended by government officials from foreign and trade ministries, lawmakers, diplomatic corps, NGOs, Radio New Zeland, business world and the Friends of Indonesia community.
According to Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand, Tantowi Yahya, this is the first time Indonesian food was introduced in the country. He hopes, this kind of food promotion will be the entrance to the presence of Indonesian restaurants in Wellington.
Various typical Indonesian food brought to this place include rendang, goat bolsters (kambing guling), chicken satay, meatball noodles (mie bakso), fried noodles, fried rice, fried chicken in soy sauce (ayam kecap), until es teler (mixed ice).
"Indonesia has a wealth of diverse culinary, so it needs a serious promotion and directed to be a leading commodity abroad and we are very proud because rendang and fried rice ranked first and second in the list of 50 world's best food version of CNN," Tantowi said in a statement received by the editor.
Visitors and invited guests seemed enthusiastic and back and forth enjoying a variety of dishes at the buffet table. One dish that continues to be commended for its deliciousness is the oxtail soup. This one dish is special because it was formulated directly by two chefs from Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta, Idham Colid and Okky Septiyadi, famous for its cuisine.
The choice of oxtail soup is based on the fact that New Zealand has a very good quality meat product and Indonesia is very rich with spices, so the combination of the two will be the perfect 'marriage'.
"Hopefully this event in Wellington can resonate to other countries and oxtail soup will be a new prima donna in culinary world," added Tantowi.
In his speech, Steve Martin, General Manager of James Cook Hotel, was grateful for the trust given by the Indonesian Ambassador and appreciated the transfer of knowledge as long as both Indonesian chefs cook at his hotel. He is also optimistic that Indonesian culinary will be quickly accepted by New Zealanders due to their taste and variety.
The ten day-event is predicted to be visited by more than 500 people. Tantowi considers New Zealand's interest in Indonesian food to be the milestone for a better bilateral relations in the future.