The mood soars during a weekend of a Ubud Food Festival. Held annually in Ubud, Bali, this is a joyous three-day jubilee on an island that is apropos increasingly worldly about food. At this year’s festival that took place from Apr 13 to 15, master cook Chris Salans common his distinguished Ubud restaurants with younger chefs in dual events to showcase a culinary talent in Indonesia today.
Both were billed as festival “Special Events,” though they differed severely in character – one a glamorous cooking in a garden, a other a sharp-witted lunch in a gastro-bar. What they had in common was glorious food, all prepared from Indonesian produce. On Apr 13 during Salans’s flagship Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique, a “Best of Bali” cooking featured 6 chefs, including Salans, from 6 of Bali’s heading restaurants. Then on Apr 15, he hold a lunch during Spice by Chris Salans, Ubud, with a poetic Chef Rinrin Marinka.
Chris Salans is some-more than only an internationally acclaimed chef. He is also a dedicated clergyman and mentor. Through his seminar cooking classes during Mozaic, as good as radio and guest appearances around Southeast Asia, he has common his pioneering truth of regulating Indonesian flavours with a techniques of Western high cuisine. This has now turn a movement, with gifted immature Indonesian chefs display sparkling levels of creativity. For a “Best of Bali” dinner, some 70 guest were seated during beautifully dressed tables for 6 in a gardens of Mozaic, magically illuminated with angel lights. Dinner began with amuse-bouches by any of a chefs: Chili Chicken Sate by Kevin Cherkas of Cuca – served from a extraordinary platter of vast uninformed Lombok chilies, with a red ones pressed with spiced duck – followed by Tom Yam Soup by Danny Taddeo of Grow; Cassava Croquette by Mandif Warokka of Blanco standard Mandif; Udang Tawar by Kieran Morland of Merah Putih and Sangsaka; and Edam Cheese and Black Truffle Chouquette by Chris Salans of Mozaic. In a credentials was a toll of booze eyeglasses as staff set adult a discretionary booze pairing.
Chris Salans introduced a chefs, all of whom spoke quickly about a march they’d prepared, and afterwards he reminded guest that all dishes were prepared only from Indonesian produce.
The initial march was a innovative Bali Soft Tacos by Chef Kevin of Cuca, with brownish-red rice, braised mushrooms, and chilli salsa. Next was a really structured Black Olive Kingfish Carpaccio by Chef Danny of Grow, with cucumber, avocado, black radish, sorrel, and micro tomato consommé. The third march was by Mandif of Blanco standard Mandif, a tender 21-Day Aged Duck Breast, with baby corn, moringa, cauliflower, and a classical Indonesian salsa opor. This was followed by a abounding Malang Short Rib from internal wagyu beef, with taro, kluwek, black garlic, and preserved onions by cook Kieran of Merah Putih and Chef Maxie Sangsaka. The dessert was Chris Salans’ Balinese Chocolate and a startling and perfumed Torch Ginger Flower ice cream. Petits fours were afterwards served with coffee and tea.
For lunch on Apr 15 during a Spice gastro-bar, Chris Salans hosted his crony and colleague, Chef Rinrin Marinka, whom Indonesians know good from her coming as a unchanging decider on Master Chef Indonesia.
Spice by Chris Salans, on Ubud’s categorical street, is a intelligent though infrequent air-conditioned culinary boutique with a lively, accessible staff who scream out acquire greetings in a carol of high Balinese when we come and go. Guests might lay during tables by a floor-to- roof windows onto a street, though many select to lay during a wrap-around wooden bar to watch a chefs and mixologists during work. For this event, everybody wanted to lay during a bar – a front quarrel on a really special lunch.
Aided by Chef Salans and his team, Chef Marinka prepared a four-course tasting menu. Spice served specially-paired cocktails.
First was Gohu Seafood from Maluku, a splendid ceviche-style miscellany of locally held fish with homemade crackers, accompanied by a uninformed Passionfruit and Kalamansi Mojito. Next was a abounding and tawny Gulai Soft Shell Crab with fat homemade noodles from Medan, served with a Curry Crush cocktail with uninformed curry leaves. The categorical march was delicious Nasi Uduk and a game-like Crispy Black Chicken with Kremes from Batavia and a salad of Pickled Betawi Vegetables. Dessert was a beautifully light and pleasant Banana Apem, Mango, Gedong, Pina Colada espuma and Kemangi ice cream, with a Harum Manis (Sweetly Scented Mango) Daiquiri.
This year’s Ubud Food Festival was another delight for Chef Chris Salans in bringing a good food and good hearten of Indonesia to a world.