Hyatt Regency Saipan will be serving up Indonesian dishes for two days starting tonight at Kili Café and Terrace.
Chef de cuisine Sugeng Pribadi will be cooking up a storm in Hyatt’s kitchen, preparing only the best his native cuisine could offer for Indonesian Feast set for Sept. 6 and 7, from 6pm to 9pm.
He described Indonesian cuisine as a type of cooking that uses a lot of unique flavors and spices from the Southeast Asian country’s many regions like Sumatra, Bali, and Java.
Indonesian cuisine also uses only the freshest ingredients from the local market, with some Dutch and Spanish influences.
Among the ingredients that Pribadi will be using for the Indonesian Feast are fresh turmeric, lemon grass, kefir leaves, chili, galagal, shrimp paste for his sambal dish; fresh coconut, jackfruit, long beans, fresh local tofu, squash, papaya, sweet potatoes, ginger, banana, lime, lamb, beef and chicken for his satay skewers, and local onaga wrapped in spicy fresh herbs and wrapped in banana leaves.
Some of items in Pribadi’s menu for the two-day culinary event are beef satay, mud crab curry, and spiced layer cake.
When asked what differentiates Indonesian cuisine from other Southeast Asian style of cooking like Vietnamese and Thai, Pribadi said the ingredients and spices used are similar but Indonesian cooking is influenced by the country’s culture and its people’s palate.
Pribadi invites everyone to experience the cuisine of his home country.
“It will be a feast of regional specialties, from Bali and my place in Bandung, guests will enjoy special flavors and authentic recipes.”
Pribadi was recently elevated to the position of chef de cuisine. Prior to that he was Hyatt Regency Saipan’s chef de partie. He also served as commis chef and cook. His been with the hotel since November 1999.
Indonesian Feast costs $43 per person and Club at the Hyatt members are welcome. The buffet includes red wine, white wine, beer, and ice tea.
For reservations, call Kili Café and Terrace at 234-1234.