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    Connecting through the love for rendang

    Lyna Mohamad

    Thirty chefs, including four Bruneians took part in the Rendang Festival cooking competition at the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam consulate yesterday.

    The event is a collaboration between the embassy and the Indonesian Chef Association in Brunei which sought to raise awareness on the art of cooking rendang, a culinary tradition of the Minang, or Padang people from Indonesia.

    It also looked to foster bonds between the two countries through a dish that is not only popular in Indonesia, but also in Brunei, Singapore and around the world, said Ambassador of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko.

    “We are proud of rendang,” said Dr Sujatmiko. “It’s originated in West Sumatra’s Minangkabau and was brought to all other provinces by the Minang, or Padang people, hence there are Padang restaurants everywhere in Indonesia.”

    The ambassador said as rendang spread to neighbouring countries, variations of the dish sprung from people’s creativity.

    “Brunei rendang, or even Indonesian rendang, have different names and taste. I am hopeful that our programme today will encourage the public, particularly our Bruneian friends, to take the journey to enjoy the best of rendang and spur our young, new cooking talents to enhance their arsenal with this powerful, original rendang,’’ he said.

    Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko scores a chef in his preparation and presentation of rendang, a dish originating from the Minang people of Indonesia. A rendang cooking competition was held at the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam’s compound to promote the art. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD
    ABOVE & BELOW: Ambassador of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko scoring a rendang dish; and a judge poses a question to a contestant

    The competition saw one session conducted in the morning with 15 chefs showcasing their respective version of rendang and another 15 chefs in the afternoon.

    Each dish was judged on presentation, knowledge of rendang and taste, and judges comprise the ambassador, Nova Akbar of the Indonesian Chef Association and Ibu El-Rahmah Yulis from Ikatan Keluarga Minang (IKM), Mumtazah Salwa binti Haji Omar Ali from the Institute of Brunei Technical Education and media influencer Abdul Khaliq Roziman.

    The top three spots went to Widia Harahap, Yilistina Sati and Haryanto while Abdul Qawi Abdullah won the Special Mention Award.

    The Rendang Festival, which was on hold in early 2020 due the COVID-19 pandemic, also saw a talk on cooking techniques and the cultural significance of cooking the
    original rendang. The programme was held with COVID-19 protocols, such as the use of face masks and social distancing.

    The ambassador said they hope to have more events as the country moves towards a new normal.

    Yesterday’s festival also saw winners of a photo competition themed “Tourism Experience Travel to Indonesia” announced.

    Mohd Khiddir bin Haji Omarali, Mohd Norakmal bin Haji Metussin and Mohd Haris Mohd Sabli took the top three spots while the Favourite Photo award went to Revty Amelia.

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