Indonesian Cultural Dining

Grand Selamat Tafel

Dapur Babah Élite restaurant is the only establishment which features Grand Selamatan Tafel (Groote Selamatan Tafel).

This unique dining experience has two “nasi tumpeng” or Javanese ceremonial rice served in cone shapes filled with a lot of extravagant side dishes. The smaller cone is called Mannelijke Goenoengan (a male cone referring to Governor General who ruled East Indies or Indonesia before its independence in 1945) and Vrouwelijke Goenoengan (female cone referring to Queen Wilhelmina of Holland). The cones are lifted on stretchers followed by a parade of abundant side dishes. The leader of the parade is a Javanese dancer.

The Last Concubine HIGH TEA

The Imperial Tea Ceremony for the Last Concubine of the Last Emperor

Dapur Babah Élite promotes the art of drinking tea; an elegant, royal and romantic experience called The Imperial Tea Ceremony for the Last Concubine of the Last Emperor.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Chen Yuanyuan whose father was an Emperor. Chen was not wanted, simply as she had been born a woman, so she was put into an exile. She then was brought as a gift to King Chongzhen at the age of 13. She fell in love with the king but the king could not marry her, thus she then married General Wu Sangui. Chen was caught in the middle of a royal intrigue that had caused the fall of the Ming Dynasty.

After her unification with Wu, Chen was feeling very guilty because she thought she was the reason of the fall of Ming Dynasty. So she decided to leave everything behind and lived in a temple. At her last night as a Princess, Chen, her ladies-in-waiting and her maids performed their last tea ceremony. This procession has become the main theme of Dapur Babah Élite’s High Tea.

Peranakan TJAP GO MEH

Every year, on the fifteenth day of Chinese Lunar Calendar, we celebrate Tjap Go Meh, the peak of Chinese New Year’s festivities. On this day, Babah families get together to celebrate, exchange gifts and enjoy a reunion dinner with music and dance. Tjap Go Meh emphasizes on a deep wisdom of gratefulness and family reunion and is considered as important as the first day of the Chinese New Year itself.

Dapur Babah Élite presents a special dining with Lontong Tjap Go Meh, a hearty bowl of four different dishes combined together: vegetable curry, beef rendang, chicken yellow curry, and spicy egg. Other notable Tjap Go Meh dishes are Lumpia Udang Madame Nancy Kwan, Ayam Bumbu Kuning Resep Si Mpok, Udang Goreng Kering, Sate Ayam, Sagon Kelapa dengan Ebi, and Ronde Tiga Warna (3-Colored Ronde) as desserts.

Peranakan Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year also known as Imlek, is the most important and most colorful of all Peranakan holidays. It is a time for families to be together to have a reunion dinner on the eve, setting firecrackers, giving “hong bao” – lucky money to children, sending New Year greetings, dragon and lion dancing, and putting special offerings to Cao Kun Kong, the Kitchen God.

Enjoy Dapur Babah Élite’s innovative array of Peranakan favourites, highlighted with a selection of Nyonya’s specialities in an authentic Babah Peranakan’s home setting. The aroma of freshly-baked kueh (sweet cookies) in Nyonya’s oven and great selections of wine will whet the appetite as diners contemplate a sumptuous selection of dishes from which to choose.

Cultural Wine & Dine Experience with Wayan Poheti

Dapur Babah Élite is proud to present a very special Cultural Wine & Dine Experience with Wayang Potehi as part of the Tugu Hotels & Restaurants Group’s Indonesian Cultural Dining series.

Wayang Potehi originated from the culture of the Hokkien people (a dialect in southern Fujian) and was first brought to Indonesia by Chinese immigrants centuries ago. Legends have it that Wayang Potehi was played for the first time about 3000 years ago. The emperor at that time sent five prisoners to be sentenced to death. One of these prisoners refused to be miserable during his last days and persuaded his friends to make a ‘theater’ to entertain themselves. They used pan lids, bamboo from their shoes and pots to make beautiful music, and made puppet dolls out of old clothes. When the emperor heard and saw the performance, he was so entertained that he freed the five prisoners, who then created the Po Tay Hie group (“Po” means fabric, “Tay” means pocket, and “Hie” means puppet or play).

It is a highly entertaining evening of classical Potehi puppet performances complemented with a lavish Chinese Babah Peranakan dinner experience.

Djawa & Babah Heritage Cooking Class

Cooking Peranakan food has always been a meticulous affair. Learn how to prepare Babah Peranakan cuisine at Dapur Babah Élite, from the concoction of rempahs (herbs) with attention to detail and the traditional methods of cooking that have been passed from one generation to another. Nyonya Oei will share her impressive range of authentic family recipes from Koninginensoep, Loempia Semarang, to Frikadel van Grote Garnalen and much more.

Join NOW and cook like a Nyonya!

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