Culinary Wonders of Indonesia

‘The Nusantara Spice Journey’ Arrives at The Residence Bintan 

For guests seeking to venture into the heart of the archipelago, ‘The Nusantara Spice Journey’ featuring Chef Wongso, the visiting chef-in residence, will make its anticipated debut from Friday, 21st to Sunday, 23rd October at The Residence Bintan.

Guests are encouraged to reserve these limited seats at Rica Rica restaurant to savour a showcase of authentic Indonesian fine-dining over lunches and dinners through a medley of local flavours against the picturesque tropical backdrop of The Residence Bintan. 

Highlights will include Chef Wongso’s signatures as well as his inimitable take on various Indonesian classics. The appetisers will comprise a trio medley showcasing Ceviche of Gohu Tuna from Moluccas from the Maluku (Spice) Islands; Slada Bangka Udang, a North Sulawesi dish of white radish with cashew nuts, yellow mustard and sugar; and Mentho Yogya, a sweet savoury steam mince spiced chicken of Central Java. 

Galang Batang

Other highlights of the dinner menu include a hearty Binte Biluhuta Gorontalo soup of Sweet Corn, Young Coconut, Shrimp Broth from North Sulawesi; Gulai Ikan Aceh Roti Jala (Fish Curry Lacy Pancake) from North Sumatra; a main course of Beef Prime Short Rib & Chicken with Rendang Sauce highlighting flavours of Central Sumatra (Minangkabu), with Tempeh, Yellow turmeric fragrance rice, Rumpu Rampe and Crispy caramelised potato chips. 

The specially curated 3-course set lunch featuring Nasi Liwet from Solo Central Java and Nasi Minyak, a specialty of Jambi Central Sumatra is priced at IDR 450,000 ++ per adult and the 7- course dinner is priced at IDR 850,000 ++ per adult. 

For guests hoping to walk away with more immersive, personal takeaway; the Afternoon Tea Affair with Chef Wongso will feature a palate appetiser of refreshing Indonesia afternoon tea delights which will be followed by a cooking class including Sate Marangi, Ikan Pepes and Dadar Gulung as dishes to create together. The one day only cooking class at The Residence Bintan on Sunday, 23rd October is priced at IDR 350,000 ++ per adult. 

Rica Rica Karopok

Chef William Wongso comments, “I look forward to sharing my lifelong passion to preserve and illuminate authentic Indonesian flavours alongside The Residence Bintan and its idyllic atmosphere, through my rendition of the treasures of Indonesian cuisine. Come discover the rich heritage and meaningful stories through The Nusantara Spice Journey through our special menu with Indonesia’s evocative culinary diversity reflected in these dishes.” 

Rajeev Paul, General Manager at The Residence Bintan comments, “Chef William Wongso is local culinary legend who needs no introduction. On behalf of The Residence Bintan, we are delighted to showcase the best of Indonesia’s authentic culinary excellence alongside our discerning guests in this once in a lifetime dining experience upon our tropical retreat.” 

Located on the shores of the largest island in Indonesia’s Riau Archipelago, The Residence Bintan is nestled amid nature’s splendour with sweeping views across the South China Sea.

Leading up to 2023, The Nusantara Spice Journey presented by Chef William Wongso heralds a brand new series of Indonesian top chefs at The Residence Bintan, which is easily accessible to Singaporean guests with a short hour’s ferry ride away, where exemplary Indonesian cuisine to be discovered. 

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