A trip to Banjarmasin wouldn’t be complete without tasting the typical Banjar food which goes beyond its famous Soto Banjar. Today, Kevin and I check out Warung Nasi Iwak Itik Mama Baiti Gambut, a 24-hour restaurant with a menu mostly based on duck meat and rice but you have to try all their recipes! Later we will walk around the floating houses of Banjarmasin’s canals.
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.
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!