Filipinos had the rare opportunity to savor authentic Indonesian food in the Indonesian Food Festival 2014: Wonderful Taste that recently happened at the SM Megamall recently.
A project of the Indonesian Embassy in Manila and SM Megamall, it was the second time that the embassy and the mall collaborated on this foodie event, which was for the benefit of charities like the Ibn Khaldun Integrated School in Maharlika Village in Taguig City and the Ursuline Sisters of Roman Union in Fairview, Quezon City.
Indonesian cuisine is distinct due to the country’s numerous islands, with several of their regional food are based upon heritage and international influences. Their ingredients were impacted by different nations such as the Middle East, India (curried meat), and China (noodles and spring rolls) due to trade because of its prime location and rich natural resources.
Indonesian favorites such as Sate Ayam or skewered chicken with sauce; Nasi Goreng or “fried rice” typically with an egg and prawns; and Beef Rendang or spicy meat dish were showcased during the festival.
Mall goers also enjoyed sampling Indonesian specialties such as Ayam Goreng or Indonesian-style fried chicken; Mie Bakso or Meatballs Soup; Gado-Gado, a salad of boiled vegetables served with a peanut sauce dressing; and Nasi Kuning or Yellow Rice (with Turmeric). Side dishes such as Lontong Sayur or Rice Cake and Vegetables; Telur Balado or Eggs with Chili; Terong Balado or Eggplants with Chili; and Bakwan Sayur or Vegetable Fritters, were also popular among mall goers.
Foodies also had a taste of authentic Indonesian snacks such as Risoles or a snack commonly filled with bechamel, chicken, carrots, and celeries; Pisang Bakar Coklat Keju or grilled bananas with chocolate sprinkles and melted cheese; Ketan Kelapa or Sticky Rice with Sweet Durian and Coconut Sauce; Kastengel or Indonesian Cheese Sticks; Rempeyek or Peanut Crisps; Pastel or Pie Crust Filled with Meat and Vegetables; Krupuk Udang or Prawn Crackers; Kacang Bawang or Peanuts with Garlic; and Lapis Kopi or Coffee Cake.
All these delectable food were made by Indonesian brands and restaurants such as Dharma Wanita Persatuan (DWP) KBRI Manila, Warung-Warung, Wow Krupuk, Martabak/Matahari, Sedap Mantab, Warung Indo, Hanju’s Kitchen, Bali Bleu, Kebab Turki, PT Indah Mayoba / Inbisco Philippines, and Jakarta Inn and Restaurant.
During the event, Indonesian cultural performers delighted the mall crowd with a Tari Kipas or traditional fan dance and Tari Merak or peacock dance.
Distinguished guests during the event include the Indonesian Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Ade Petranto, his wife Ira, Minister Counsellor for Social and Cultural Coordinator Toto Waspodo, as well as Malaysia Embassy’s First Secretary Raveendran Nair. They were welcomed by SM Vice President for Marketing and Communications Group Ms. Millie Dizon and SM Megamall Mall Manager Jocelyn Lapid.