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Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta Launches ‘Mustikarasa’ Program - A Culinary Celebration Inspired by the Historical Indonesian Cookbook

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta proudly unveils the Mustikarasa programme, a vibrant new culinary initiative, as part of its 2024 campaign, The Legend Lives On. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Mustikarasa historical cookbook, this bimonthly event celebrates Indonesia's rich culinary heritage. Guests are invited to experience the authentic flavours preserved in the pages of this celebrated book. The Mustikarasa initiative showcases traditional dishes from Jakarta and beyond and also celebrates how the historic port city of Sunda Kelapa has enriched modern Jakarta, weaving together local flavours with culinary traditions from Europe, Arabia, India, and China to offer a uniquely diverse gastronomic journey.

Spearheaded by Indonesia's founding father, President IR Soekarno, the Mustikarasa cookbook serves as a culinary compendium that records the vibrant recipes of Indonesia. President Soekarno's deep appreciation for the nation's diversity led to the inception of this cookbook, recognising food as a unifying force that transcends boundaries and brings people together. Through the Mustikarasa rotation programme, guests can experience the rich flavours of Indonesian cuisine, celebrating the country's diverse culinary traditions and flavours. Each dish offers a unique glimpse into Indonesian cuisine, allowing guests to embark on a culinary journey that spans the archipelago.

As an iconic hotel that has witnessed the country’s historical events, Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta draws inspiration from significant locales in the nation's history, including the vibrant melting pot of cultures that once thrived in Sunda Kelapa. This port city, a crucial hub for global maritime trade, attracted merchants from China, Arabia, India, Europe, and beyond. The Mustikarasa programme showcases Indonesian dishes influenced by these diverse cultures, highlighting the culinary contributions of various communities that have shaped Indonesia's food culture over the centuries.

The initiative in August deeply reflects on President Soekarno’s transformative period in Ende, Flores, where he nurtured his vision for Indonesia's independence. This pivotal time in his life was marked by close community engagement and creative pursuits, including theatre, music, and writing, which helped shape his ideological framework for the nation's future. The hotel’s anniversary celebrations are inspired by this historical moment, incorporating traditional foods and beverages unique to Ende, Flores.

"Indonesia is a very diverse country, and we are always looking for new ways to introduce our guests to different aspects of Indonesia.” Shared Harald Fitzek, General Manager of Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta. “This time, we are highlighting the country's amazing traditional dishes. Our Mustikarasa rotation programme is a tribute to the diverse flavours that have shaped Indonesia's culinary landscape, offering guests an opportunity to discover the essence of our nation through food. We hope everyone joining us on this journey will gain a deeper appreciation for Indonesia's vibrant culture and heritage.”

Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta
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