A Culinary Expedition to Java with Aman

Exceptional culinary journeys that satisfy, surprise and delight are an intrinsic part of an Aman experience. Named ‘Peaceful Soul’ for the serenity, privacy, and beauty of its setting, Amanjiwo invites guests to embrace Javanese heritage and culture through its culinary tradition by presenting A Culinary Expedition to Java which will be held between 25th – 28th March 2021.

Hosted by three of the country’s most renowned chefs Eelke Plasmeijer, Wayan Kresna Yasa and Fernando Sindu, Amanjiwo will celebrate Javanese cuisine and its rich symbolism, with a series of events. Over three days, guests will be invited to experience exquisite dining sessions, exciting foraging expeditions, lunch with a view, cooking classes, intimate dinners, and an exclusive gala dinner at the majestic Borobudur Temple.

An Exquisite Gastronomic Itinerary

The island of Java is vast and diverse with its unique topography, mountains and highlands dotted with magnificent mountains, lowlands and plains and some of the richest rice-lands in the world. Created as a result of this landscape are communities with varied cultures, traditions and cuisines that inspire the culinary expedition experience at Amanjiwo. ​

The journey will commence with a 5-course menu prepared by Chef Fernando Sindu showcasing Javanese flavors and ingredients at a welcome dinner. On the second day, chefs Wayan Kresna Yasa and Eelke Plasmeijer will present a special feast at lunch by the beautiful Progo River. 

The centerpiece of the meal is a whole lamb which is marinated overnight and roasted atop fiery coals, creating a tender meat with a strong smokiness and delicious flavor. On the final day, chefs Eelke, Fernando and Wayan will collaborate on a magnificent 6-course meal prepared with the freshest local ingredients produced on the grounds of Amanjiwo creating a culinary masterpiece to match the iconic backdrop. ​

Guests are also given the option of additional activities from an ‘Eating for Your Health’ cooking demonstration by Chef Wayan at Rumah Pizza, as well as an intimate dinner limited to eight guests at Pak Bilal served by Chef Fernando and finally a ‘Forage for Your Breakfast’ experience by Chef Eelke which is limited to 10 guests.

With three-nights to experience this inspiring location, guests are able to fully-immerse themselves in Amanjiwo’s sacred roots, continuing their journey through Java. Just two-kilometres away, the temple of Borobudur – a 9th-century marvel with 504 life-size Buddha statues – reveals ancient secrets, while trekking through the lush surrounding landscapes to local villages unearths an entirely new way of life. Throughout their time at Amanjiwo, each guest will receive daily breakfast overlooking the dramatic vistas of the Menorah Hills – an idyllic opportunity to reconnect with loved ones in this magical place.

Culinary Collaboration

Bringing to life a culinary experience like no other at Amanjiwo, the three renowned chefs will celebrate the rich culinary culture of Java.

Eelke Plasmeijer ​

Eelke and his partner started Locavore restaurant in Bali in November 2013, their goal was to establish a restaurant driven by endemic ingredients and celebrate the farmers, fishermen and food artisans of Indonesia.

Over 95% of the kitchen’s ingredients are Indonesian and Locavore is ranked no. 42 in the Asia’s 50s Best Restaurants 2020 and was awarded Asia’s Most Sustainable Restaurant in 2019. Locavore was also named Bali’s Best Eats by FoodieS – Restaurant of the Year in 2018.  ​

Fernando Sindu 

Fernando’s passion for Indonesian culture has driven him to elevate well-loved dishes with modern cooking techniques, excellent produce, and appealing presentation. ​In an attempt to enrich his knowledge of Indonesian traditional cuisine, he has travelled around Indonesia. Within the span of 10 years, Fernando lead some of the best kitchens in Jakarta: Cork & Screw Country Club, SevenFriday Space, Benedict, and Canting at Yogyakarta. Fernando was named Jakarta’s Best Eats Chef of The Year 2019.

Wayan Kresna Yasa 

Wayan Kresna Yasa was born on the small island of Nusa Penida in Bali and is a trained Chef who sharpened his skills at acclaimed kitchens such as New York’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Chicago’s 2 Michelin-starred Acadia, and Room4Dessert in Ubud, Bali. ​

To date he has opened IJEN, KAUM, renowned for its revival of authentic Indonesian cuisines and included in Michelin Guide Hong Kong; and TANAMAN a plant-based restaurant featuring a locally sourced menu of Indonesian flavors. ​Kaum is listed on the Bali’s Best Eats Top 40 list and Chef Wayan was named Chef of the Year for 2018. 

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