Wives of Indonesian diplomats assigned to the country’s embassy in Kuwait (Dharma Wanita Persatuan) organized a demonstration on cooking Indonesian dishes at the embassy hall on 13 March. The event was attended by the wives of many diplomatic corps members in Kuwait, as well as members of various international women’s groups in the country, in addition to other distinguished guests.
The Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Tatang Budie Utama Razak and his wife Marita Razak welcomed the gathering and explained that the cooking demonstration was intended to give everyone a taste of the delicious Indonesian cuisine.
The cooking session began with a demonstration on cooking Opor Ayam, a specialty dish of Indonesia made by cooking chicken in coconut milk along with a mixture of flavorful spices. Another demonstration featured Pempek, a fishcake delicacy and a local staple from Palembang in South Sumatra. This dish was a combination of fish and tapioca served with a dark, savory sauce called cuko. Throughout the cooking demonstrations, a narrative on the historical significance of the dish being cooked was also given.
Guests at the event also got to taste a small sample of Vietnamese cuisine, including the delicious chicken noodle soup called Pho, which was presented courtesy of the Vietnamese Embassy.
The buffet that followed featured many more delectable Indonesian dishes, including appetizers such as Risoles and Cantik Manis, as well as Eggs with Chili Sauce; Dried Sweet Chili Potato, Steamed Vegetable Ebi Tofu Tempe Chayote Soup, Kerupuk, Sayur Godog, Lontong and Opor Ayam.
On the sidelines of the event, a mini bazaar was held featuring a colorful variety of souvenirs, accessories, jewelry and packaged Indonesian foods, which were available for purchase.