Kalimantan Dinner In Som Chai

Kalimantan Dinner In Som Chai

It’s D-Day ! The Kalimantan Dinner in my restaurant Som Chai.

Follow us from from Cuca’s kitchen to Som Chai tables.

We built a pop up restaurant that night: our guests spent a night in Kalimantan, with Dayak people, sounds from the jungle of Borneo, fog, fern and tropical flowers, and a really surprising menu. This menu is not the result of a simple Chefs collaboration: we are going to invent our dishes together with the help of our teams, based on our experience the weeks before…

Kalimantan, Warung Katupat Kaganangan and Warung Novi

Kalimantan, Warung Katupat Kaganangan and Warung Novi

On our first stop with Kevin Cherkas, we went to Warung Kaganangan, in Kandangan, which is renowned in Kalimantan. This place serves a dish made of a signature smoked fish, simmered in a coconut gravy, served with rice parcels, also well known as ketupat. After filming, I was able to get some inside information that allowed me to serve it my way, at Hujan Locale, during our April 2019 event “A Dinner in Kalimantan”. Next stop was Warung Novi, in Banjarmasin, to try her famous Soto Banjar. At first, this dish was a challenge for Kevin to reinterpret, but in the end, very inspiring as we literally transformed this soup into Xialong Bao’s for our Kalimantan dinner on May 11, 2019, at Som Chai.
Kalimantan, Warung Hj Yuli and H Alan

Kalimantan, Warung Hj Yuli and H Alan

In this episode, Kevin Cherkas and I are searching for intense flavours for our dinner event that happened back on the 11th May in my restaurant Som Chai. This experience also gave me inspiration for some dishes we now serve at Hujan Locale. We started our culinary journey at Warung Hj. Yuli, in Banjarbaru, where fishes are sublimated in a Kalimantan style. Then, we went on to Amutai city, to try the legendary Warung Itik Tanpa Tulang H. Alan. Pak Haji Ali was serving up his signature duck dish, which is deboned duck marinated in soy and a few other spices. He would rub the duck across the grill as if he wanted it to absorb the flavours of the grill which looked like it hadn’t been cleaned since he opened back in 1993!
Banjarmasin, Lok Baintan Market

Banjarmasin, Lok Baintan Market

Nothing beats a good market day for a chef. So me and Kevin Cherkas from Cuca have decided to hop on a local kelotok and visit the floating market of Lok Baintan to get a taste of the local fruits.
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Kandangan, Los Batu Market

Kandangan, Los Batu Market

Join me and Kevin Cherkas from Cuca as we cruise down the Meratus river on our bamboo raft to check out the local produce at Kandangan market where the Dayak people usually sell their vegetables.
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