Australian Embassy

Ramadan Cooking Events with Australian chef Hoda Hannaway

Media Release

14 April 2021

The Australian Embassy Jakarta is celebrating Ramadan with two exclusive cooking demonstrations by Australian chef Hoda Hannaway.

Chef Hannaway, who lives in Sydney, Australia and is of Lebanese-Australian and Muslim background, is known for her expertise in taking traditional dishes and introducing unique twists or adding modern elements to create unforgettable recipes. Chef Hannaway was also a contestant on the 2018 series of Masterchef.

“Growing up in a food-oriented family has inspired me to create beautiful and mouth-watering dishes,” says chef Hannaway.

“Ramadan is a special time of year and I’m looking forward to celebrating this month with our friends in Indonesia, thanks to the Australian Embassy.”

There are more than 600,000 people of Muslim faith in Australia. More than 60 per cent of Australian Muslims were born overseas, coming from more than 183 countries.

“Australia has a diverse range of Ramadan traditions. By sharing chef Hannaway’s recipes we hope our Indonesian friends will be able to experience some of that diversity when you try the dishes at home,” said Luke Brown, Australian Embassy’s spokesperson. 

In the first Ramadan cooking event, which will be held at 4.30pm WIB on Thursday 15 April, chef Hannaway will be preparing bubur sumsum, a traditional Indonesian favourite, inspired by the flavours of the Australian classic ANZAC biscuit, with Aussie macadamia nuts as a surprise ingredient.

And on Thursday 29 April 2021, she will prepare Australian fish and chips style ikan bakar with sambal chips. This dish will showcase fresh Australian seafood paired with spicy Indonesian sambal with a twist.

The cooking demonstrations will be streamed live on the Australian Embassy’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


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