On October 28th 2008, the freshmen of Bunda Mulia Hospitality and Tourism Academy participated in “The Secret of Thai”, a demo cooking class held by Le Grandeur Hotel Jakarta. Indonesians are quite familiar to Thai Cuisines, which are well known to be spicy and sour. Thai cuisine uses a lot of ingredients which are similar to those of our cuisine. Most of Thai food’s basic ingredients are chili paste, coriander, galangal, lemon grass and lime juice. Some recipes of Thai cuisine also use coconut milk like many Indonesian or Indian food. Thai foods are quite suitable among Indonesian people in spite of their spicy and sour taste.
During this cooking class, students of Bunda Mulia Hospitality and Tourism Academy learned 5 Thai recipes, and the most interesting one is “Fried Lee La Wa Dee Flower” (frangipani) with chicken. This is probably something new to most of us. Do you know that we can actually eat frangipani? This type of attractive flower is very popular in Bali and is often used as an adornment, not as something to eat. The chef, Amornat Sae-Heng, explained that eating frangipani could soften your skin and increase blood circulation.
At the end of the class, it turned out that not only we learned how to cook Thai food first hand, but we also had the pleasure of enjoying Thai lunch buffet. At this point, Bunda Mulia Hospitality and Tourism Academy has proven the extensive opportunities to be able to develop students’ mindset about cuisine in an attractive way. We’re teaching our students the skill of cooking as well as opening their mind on the opportunities to build their own cuisine business in the future.