Paying tribute to its inspiration of the Majapahit Kingdom and in celebration of Powerful Indonesia, The Apurva Kempinski Bali is excited to present the ‘Majapahit Imperial Dining’ in collaboration with Javara Indonesia. An extraordinary culinary journey guided by the ancient Javanese wisdom of ‘Mitreka Satata’ for a harmonious relationship between people and nature, as it preserves Indonesia’s culinary biodiversity, diverse flavours, and abundant resources – a gastronomy celebration across the archipelago that once graced the tables of Majapahit’s monarchs. The dinner is presented with artisanal sustainable decoration and an enchanting dramatical dance performance to elevate the magical journey that transcends time.
The Majapahit Empire was renowned for its extravagant banquets and feasts, where cuisines were crafted with intricate and decorative presentations for special occasions, ceremonies, and religious rituals. The cuisine was a mosaic of influences from Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, and Arab cuisines, reflecting the trade and cultural exchanges of its time. The kingdom, which thrived from the late 13th to the early 16th century, is celebrated for its advanced agricultural practices where ingredients are divided into five cardinal growing techniques including ‘Pala Pendhem’ (grown underground), ‘Pala Kesimpar’ (grown on vine), ‘Pala Gumantung’ (hanging on trees), ‘Palawijo’ (all-around harvest), and ‘Pala Kitri’ (long-lived corps). Rice was transformed into a staple food while spices like cloves, nutmeg, lemongrass, galangal, coconut, and pepper were not just flavour enhancers but symbols of the kingdom’s opulence. Moreover, food preservation methods such as drying and salting were very popular in this era, along with smoking and fermenting. One exemplary dish that highlights the mastery of these techniques is ‘Ikan Asin’ or the salted fish.
The specially curated menu for ‘Majapahit Imperial Dining’ features ‘Urap Hayuyu’ that symbolises harmony with unconventional grains like Jewawut (Foxtail Millet or Setaria Italica), ‘Rawon Lembu’ enriched with Kluwek (Pangium) for its dark broth, ‘Botok Iwak’ honouring every part of a coconut, ‘Manuk Urang Manggar’ infused with a citrusy and spicy kick from Andaliman Pepper, and ‘Jadah Tape’ as a tribute to the Betawi’s tradition of street snack Tape Uli. At the heart of the set menu is the remarkable Melik Parijatha Rice – a unique variety grown on the slopes of Mount Ijen in Banyuwangi, East Java, and known to have been exclusively served to the kings of Majapahit. Each dish is prepared using time-honoured techniques of grilling, roasting, steaming, and frying, which embody the evolution of taste and culinary craftsmanship while telling a story of ancient flavours.
At The Apurva Kempinski Bali, sustainability is at its core. Together with Javara Indonesia, a renowned social enterprise founded by Helianti Hilman, the resort is committed to preserve and promote Indonesia’s rich cultural and culinary heritage. The ingredients for this imperial dining have been meticulously sourced from organic farms and skilled fishers, ensuring every element adheres to principles of organic cultivation and sustainable practices. Moreover, the ‘Majapahit Imperial Dining’ is beyond merely a culinary celebration, it is an odyssey that brings the Majapahit legacy to life. The artisans from our ‘Sustainable Wedding’ decoration partner, Designmill.Co, have crafted a magnificent decoration that further levitates the feel of Majapahit era for the dinner. Finally, a dramatical dance performance elevates the sensational evening with a specially curated choreography by Kitapoleng, telling the story of Tribhuwana Tunggadewi, the Queen of Majapahit and the mother of King Hayam Wuruk.
The ‘Majapahit Imperial Dining’ was launched in an intimate evening in the majestic Pendopo Lobby at The Apurva Kempinski Bali as Indonesia celebrates the Youth Pledge Day on 28th October 2023. Following this sensational evening, the unique experience is available for a minimum of 10 guests with advance reservation to the resort’s Culinary Concierge, starting from IDR 2,000,000++ per person.
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