Sunday, June 29, 2008

Bandung Culinary Festival

Text and picture ©Eki Qushay Akhwan

Blessed with more than 300 distinct native ethnicities and a huge variety of flora and fauna, it is hardly surprising that Indonesia has a very rich culinary heritage: The varieties of foods you can find from Aceh - its westernmost provice - to Papua - its easternmost province can be "tongue boggling". Indonesians in general love good foods, and Bandung is considered by many as one of Indonesia's food capitals.

As part of the efforts to preserve our culinary heritage, a national kecap producer is currently organizing a tour of Indonesian culinary festivals called "Festival Jajanan Indonesia" in a number of cities in the country. Yesterday (Saturday, June 28, 2008), the festival landed in Bandung.

Pictured above is a replica of Nasi Tumpeng or yellow rice cone dish, a traditional Indonesian set rice dish usually served at salamatan or thanksgiving feasts.

I'll post some more pictures from this festival tomorrow.


Afyonkarahisar said...

cool shot!

Hilda said...

Interesting—the cone of rice is served with vegetables and condiments around it?

Seems that Filipinos and Thai have a common root somewhere. Our Tagalog word for thanks is salamat.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

Thanks for the comment, Hilda. I think we - southeast Asians - share a lot of things in common. Btw, I'm in Indonesia.

Z said...

First of all, thank you for visiting my Villigen Switzerland blog and for your nice comment there!

Food diversity is something I enjoy and I'm sorry to say that I haven't had much in the way of authentic Indonesian food. I lived in the US for many years and while I've even eaten at a Tibetan restaurant (in Bloomington, Indiana), I can't recall an explicitly Indonesian place. Much the pity! And to think that 'ketchup' is derived from your part of the world.

Signe said...

One more reason that I LOVE your blog. This is so encouraging as we are planning to move our family to Bandung soon. We love to eat!

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