Ho­tel Borobudur Jakarta

Exquisite Taste - - Exquisite Cocktails -

Ox­tail soup à la Ho­tel Borobudur is true In­done­sian culi­nary leg­end. For decades, af­ter a night out on the town, the city's glit­terati have headed to the Bo­gor Café for a bowl of ox­tail soup while they un­wind and chat­ter about the evening's ex­ploits.

It's no sur­prise then to hear the ho­tel's food and bev­er­age direc­tor es­ti­mates that an amazing 2.5 mil­lion por­tions of ox­tail soup have been sold in the ho­tel since it was first brought to the menu way back in 1974.

The Ho­tel Borobudur has very strict guide­lines; the ox­tail is im­ported from Aus­tralia and must sat­isfy strin­gent cri­te­ria, not least re­gard­ing size, weight and fat con­tent. The clear stock is made to a spe­cific, care­fully guarded recipe that in­cor­po­rates a del­i­cate bal­ance of the riches of the Spice Is­lands, in­clud­ing nut­meg, cloves, gin­ger and black pep­per­corns.

Freshly pre­pared each day, Café Bo­gor's In­done­sian-style ox­tail soup fea­tures chunks of prime ox­tail, car­rot, tomato, potato and leek in an awe-in­spir­ing stock, sprin­kled with fried shal­lots. But dis­cern­ing con­nois­seurs de­mand the abil­ity to tweak the sea­son­ing to their own idea of per­fec­tion, thus it is served with slices of lime, a tomato-chilli sam­bal, pick­les and melinjo crack­ers.

That this Jakarta clas­sic re­mains in such de­mand – they sell around 350kg ev­ery day in the ho­tel's food out­lets, as well as serv­ing it at ban­quets, wed­dings and out­side events – is truly amazing. We can highly rec­om­mend join­ing the crowds and find­ing out for your­self!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Indonesia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.