Happy Idul Fitri 1 Syawal 1430 Hijriyah

Happy Idul Fitri 1430 Hijriyah

Dear fellow readers, friends & families,

On behalf of PT Dinamika Agra Alam, we would like to wholeheartedly say “Happy Idul Fitri 1 Syawal 1430 Hijriyah. Minal Aidin wal Faidzin. Please forgive our physical and spiritual wrongdoings. Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri 1 Syawal 1430 Hijriyah. Mohon maaf lahir dan batin“. Let us all share the happiness, laughter, joy and excitement in this everlasting moment with our beloved families and friends. May we become better human beings with all the good deeds we have practiced during Ramadan.

Idul Fitri marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is a celebration and a starting point for us to have a new heart and soul to realise how important it is to maintain silaturahmi (good relations) with everyone we know, have respect for others and start a new life with good will. May God The Almighty bless us all. Happy Lebaran everyone!

Fast Breaking (Buka Puasa) at Hotel, Why Not?

Hotel Restaurant Buffet 2Maghrib azan reverberates. Buffet tables filled with guest visitors look lively, both from local and abroad. The smell of spicy cooking pushes into the room. Fast breaking or ‘buka puasa’ at five-star hotel restaurant with buffet offerings can be a fun alternative. Various restaurants in star hotels in Jakarta race privilege to present special dishes during the month of Ramadan. If necessary, hotels “import” the chef from overseas. Sailendra Restaurant in JW Marriott Hotel is one example.

During the month of Ramadan, Sailendra Restaurant presents a variety of dishes from Jordan. Jordan-like dishes in the Middle East generally, are often preceded by appetizers called meze. Usually a dish of pita bread accompanied with various option spreads or ‘cocolan’, such as houmous, tabouleh, baba ganoush, mutabbal, and fattoush. Of all kinds of spreads, hummus is a popular one worldwide.Hotel Restaurant Buffet 1

Hummus is made from cooked chickpeas (Cicer arietinum) which are finely mashed and blended with tahini (sesame paste), olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic.

Ramadan buffet dish can also be tasted at Cafe Gran Via at Grand Melia Hotel which presents a variety of traditional foods from the Indonesian archipelago. And, each time Grand Melia Hotel promotes Indonesian cuisine, visitors will flood with excitement craving for the food.

Other menu, among others, is bakwan malang, mie kocok, soto ambengan Surabaya, rawon, and gudeg. Small cakes and pastries assortment such as kue cucur, sarang semut, carabikang, jentik manis, apem and so on are also available.

Many star hotel restaurants provide menu with a sense of home kitchen that makes visitors wanting to regularly come back for more. Their chefs often call or sms the guests and customers to tell the menu. Imagine the taste of scrumptiously delicious Indonesian cuisine, you definitely miss it!Korean Beef Bulgogi

Korean Barbeque is also introduced during this month of Ramadan. Sliced beef dishes complement Korean BBQ dish. Indian dishes, such as chickens, goats, and buttered naan bread, also become one of the options for fast breaking. Throughout this month, star hotel restaurants are always filled with visitors to fast break.

Today’s Dinner Menu: Roast Chicken? Yummy!

Roast chicken is one of delicious simple meals to cook. A perfectly cooked chicken has superbly crisp, juicy skin and succulent, tender meat. Roast Chicken DoneFor some people, a whole chicken can become puzzlement as they do not know what they should cook with the whole chicken in order to produce a delicious meal for lunch or dinner.

Today we will learn some techniques for creating a tasty and mouth-watering meal from a whole chicken. One way is to cook it as a yummy crispy roast chicken.

  1. Butterflying
    Flatten a whole chicken by cutting the chicken along the backbone, and then press the breastbone tightly to make it flat. Chicken ButterflyThis method is named spatchcocking, which allows us to give flavours on both inside and outside of the chicken easily. By flatting the whole chicken, it will reduce the cooking time.
  2. Speedy Solution
    Cut the butterfly whole chicken breasts lengthwise carefully by utilising a sharp knife; however do not cut it all the way through. After that, fold the butterfly chicken breast out. The shape of the butterfly chicken breast will look like a heart, which is great to be pan-fried, grilled and barbecued. This way will reduce your food preparation time.
  3. Stuffing
    Wash a whole chicken before stuffing it (preferably fresh chicken rather than frozen chicken). Then slap the chicken with absorbent paper to dry it. When the chicken has dried, spoon your choice of stuffing loosely over the cavity of the chicken. Do not pack it too tight as it will not heat all the way through. To keep the shape of the chicken and prevent the stuffing to come out from the cavity while it is roasting, tie the legs of the chicken together by using cotton string until both legs almost touch one another.
  4. Roasting Times
    Firstly, put the chicken on a ‘Chefer’ jumbo double pressure pan. Sweep the chicken with minimal oil and coat it with salt. Chefer Jumbo Double Pressure PanSpill out chicken stock to the base of the pan, and then bake it at 190°C (375°F) for about 1 hour until the chicken is tenderly cooked and roasted nicely with brown crisp colour. With ‘Chefer’ jumbo double pressure pan, you get a lot of benefits. Firstly, you do not need to turn back the chicken, just turn back the pan to the other side with the pan still closed. Hot oil will not splash or spill out of the pan – you are protected from getting oil burn.
  5. Roasting Tips
    To check whether the chicken is cooked or not, we can skew the flesh at the thickest point of chicken which is under the leg or part of the thigh for about 8 cm. The chicken is cooked when the juice looks clear, not red or pink. The other tip is to check whether the stuffing of the chicken is heated properly or not. We can test it by inserting a metal skewer into the stuffing area and hold it for 6 seconds. If the part of skewer in touch with the stuffing area is hot then the yummy chicken is ready to be consumed. However, if it is still warm, cook it for longer.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s try roasting a scrumptious whole chicken!