Seven dishes you must try on Bintan Island, Indonesia: Chef Ni Luh Ratnawati

 

OTAK OTAK KETAM

Chef Singgih at The Canopi, Treasure Bay, elevates a Bintan street food dish by using crabs from the local mangrove. Wrapped in banana leaves, the otak-otak is grilled to perfection and the burned banana leaves and charcoal aroma add unique flavour. See thecanopi.com

MI TAREMPA

These noodles come from the Bintan region of Anambas and have Chinese Peranakan and Melayu influences. Chef Angga from Angsana Bintan handmakes the fresh noodles and stir fries them with vegetables and a smoked local tuna farce, red chilli paste, and sweet soya and light soya. See angsana.com

AUTHENTIC IGA SAPI SOUP

Chef Wali from Nirwana Gardens uses local spices such as anise, cinnamon and clove to slow-stew ribs from the nearest market. The meat remains succulent and is fully infused with the spices. This soup is matched perfectly with a dash of lime or lemon juice and green chilli paste. See nirwanagardens.com

SAMUDRA SARI LAUT

Chef Adli Nizam of Bintan Lagoon Resort makes this dish, inspired by laksa but elevates the broth into a bisque. Then he adds local seafood: red snapper stuffed with laksa leaves, marinated minced prawn and scallop. He also adds pineapple and cucumber to balance the flavour. See bintanlagoon.com

NA TINOMBUR

This poultry main course dish presented by Chef Lambok from The Residence Bintan is inspired by childhood memories of his home town in the northern Sumatra Archipelago. He uses exquisite ingredients such as kecombrang (ginger torch) and andaliman pepper. The duck breast is cooked sous vide. To compliment the sumptuous duck breast, Lambok adds spicy and citrusy flavour with a chilli salsa.

See cenizaro.com

BINTAN FANTASY

Banyan Tree Bintan's pandan layer cake hails from the south of Sumatra. The flavours of pandan and coconut are common in desserts from there. To add a kick, we add a quenelle of our house-made jackfruit ice-cream. See banyantree.com

TURQUOISE BLUE

Turquoise blue is one of the signature cocktails in Bintan. Perfect for summer on the beach, this cocktail is reminiscent of a memorable beach getaway with blue sky and sea. It features white rum and blue curacao.

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Ni Luh Ratnawati has been in the kitchens of Banyan Tree Bintan since 2003 and the pastry chef since 2011. She'll be part of Best of Bintan 2019, a six-course degustation featuring the above dishes by chefs from several hotels on Bintan Island. It's on January 19. To book reservations-bintan@banyantree.com

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