Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam Presents Indonesian Festival


?One of the best hotels in Tanzania, Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam, had a special offer by presenting Indonesian Festival at Oriental Restaurant on 20-30 August. In the festival, Indonesian culinary spoiled the visitors’ tongue, especially Indonesian who far from home.

Several menus; Satay, Gado-Gado, Otak-Otak, Nasi Goreng, and Laksa were offered in menu of the international hotel. Executive Chef Park Hyatt Zanzibar Teuku Syafrulsyah who guide the guests on the journey of authentic Indonesian cuisine said Hyatt Hotel has special desire of Indonesian culinary.

“We (Hyatt Hotel) want to promote authentic cuisine. My boss when I was in Grand Hyatt Oman likes Indonesian cuisine and he said why we do not develop Indonesian culinary as it has a good taste and variation, as good as other countries cuisine,” said Teuku.

Besides presenting Indonesian cuisine, Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam offered an Indonesian Food Cooking Class. The cooking class hosted by Teuku got a positive response from Tanzanian and foreign guests who participated in.

The wife of Indonesian Ambassador to Tanzania Siti Hamidah Mahali said the festival and cooking class presented by Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam as a good promotion of Indonesian culinary. Presented in Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam which known as one of the luxurious hotel in Tanzania proved that Indonesian culinary have been popular and many people like it.

“So many people enjoyed Indonesian cuisine during the festival. It proved that Indonesian cuisine have been known and Tanzanian people like it. The excitement also reflected in cooking class. Even though every participant needs to pay 60,000 Tanzanian Shilling,” she said.

The participants of cooking class looked enthusiastic. One of the Tanzanian participants, Catherine Rose, said Indonesian cuisine is delicious and easy to cook. Rose also said Indonesian cuisine is original, different with African which influenced by Indian and Arab. 

“After tasting Gado-Gado, Otak-Otak, and Opor Ayam I think Indonesian cuisine rich in flavor, delicious, and nice. The ingredients are easy to find and original, different with Tanzania cuisine which influenced by Indian or other countries,” Rose said.

During the cooking class, participants learned how to cook Prawn Salad, Gado-Gado (Vegetable Salad with peanut dressing), Otak-Otak (Grilled Fish Cake in Banana Leaves), Opor Ayam (Braised Chicken in Coconut Sauce), and Udang Sambal (Prawns in Chili Sauce).  The participants of Indonesian Cooking Class wished the class held regularly. They also hoped an Indonesian Restaurant can be opened in Tanzania. Indonesian Festival and Cooking Class hosted by Chef Teuku Syafrulsyah enlivened the 69th Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia.