The Bandung Tourism Institute (STPB) is set to open the first Culinary Research Center in the country to indentify and compile the wealth of food presentations across the Indonesian archipelago, then innovate to create Indonesia’s finest authentic cuisine for the international world.
Deputy Director of STPB, Anang Sutono, explained, that for the first step, the Research Center will release 25 sets of Indonesia’s best menus to include appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The sets will be the result of identification of various traditional cuisines in the country, that will be tastefully and elegantly presented to meet international standards. “The taste itself will not be altered, only food presentations will be re-invented to meet global demand”, added Anang.
The Culinary Research Center aims to make Indonesian Cuisine an inseparable part of the top products to promote Indonesia’s Cultural diversity in the International world, thereby strengthening Indonesia’s culinary competitiveness in the international scene” added Anang as quoted from Kompas.com.
Cooperating with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Research Center in the cool mountain city of Bandung, in West Java, may also recommend menus at official banquets at the State Palace, presenting various traditional cuisines.”Official state banquets should represent the character of Indonesia through menus of traditional cuisines”, suggested Anang.
Aside from the technical aspects, the research center will also delve into the philosophical meanings behind every menu to reveal their cultural and historical aspects.
According to Anang, the Culinary Research Center is expected to start operating in December 2012. With close cooperation between academic institutions, the government, culinary associations and businesses, Anang is optimistic that Indonesian cuisine can go global and eventually become one of the icons to represent Indonesia in the International world.
Among the world’s top dishes, CNN viewers have last year chosen Indonesia’s Rendang, Nasi Goreng and Satay among their top favorites.
Photo Courtesy: Kompas.com