Local social enterprise The Langit Collective and Food Foundry’s The SekFan Club, however, have come up with the next best thing. They’ve come together to create the Taste of Travel – A Libur Indonesia Food Kit, which allows diners to enjoy authentic Indonesian flavours without needing a passport.
The kit contains a curated selection of well-known Indonesian dishes, which can be easily stored and prepared at home.
“Indonesia is a very vibrant country with a variety of culture and flavours," notes Melisa Lim, co-founder of Langit Collective. "We believe that many Malaysians would have this country as one of their first travel destinations as it's easily accessible. When it comes to food, their tastes and textures are something they are not too foreign to us, and easily acceptable."
“Bali is my favourite place to visit as the food is always stellar, whether at a warung or a high end restaurant," chimes in Jenifer Kuah of The SekFan Club. "I first had the ayam pelalah and nasi liwet at a hotel in Jakarta, and still remember their tastes to this day. There are so many regional dishes in Indonesia which really reminded me why I love to travel."
The idea for the kit came to Kuah about 15 months into the pandemic. As the mother of a 14-year-old, she would regularly cook meals in big batches for her family, and freeze them for later consumption. This method, however, means having many of the same meals for weeks.
“I wished there were some restaurant quality classic dishes which I could keep frozen, which would then add an inexpensive variety to my meals. This would also mean less trips to the supermarket,” Kuah says.
As luck would have it, she had a catch-up session with Langit Collective. They agreed to collaborate, and the kit was born.