PTT Family, the Indonesia-based hospitality and lifestyle company behind the Potato Head brand, has launched Kaum, a new dining concept at the recently opened Potato Head Hong Kong in Sai Ying Pun. Kaum will serve authentic Indonesian cuisine inspired by the archipelago’s indigenous tribes.
Kaum, meaning “clan” or “tribe” in Indonesian, pays tribute to the more than 600 ethnic groups that make up Indonesia. The concept is the result of extensive research by a group of creative Indonesia-based individuals who share a strong passion to preserve authentic Indonesian cuisine, history and culture: PTT Family CEO Ronald Akili, chef Antoine Audran and culinary activist Lisa Virgiano.
This culinary collective developed relationships with the ethnic tribes of Indonesia, collaborated closely with small-scale and responsible food producers, researched ingredients and flavours and revived cooking techniques that are near extinction. As a result of these efforts, both the menu and ambience at Kaum combines the exotic with the familiar, presenting true Indonesian flavours, accurately reflecting Indonesia’s heritage and creating a new culinary dialogue for explorative palates.
Kaum’s dishes highlight indigenous cooking methods and native flavours that span the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Bali. To replicate traditional open-fire cooking methods, the restaurant’s open kitchen is fitted with three grills to enable bamboo grilling on lava stones, pit roasting (guling) and skewer grilling (sate). Other iconic dishes will showcase a range of techniques, from fermentation and slow-cooking to caramelisation (rendang) and manual grinding (ulek).
These dishes and more at Kaum tell stories of origin that unearth the traditions and landscape of Indonesia. Reinforcing the spirit of the nation, the restaurant interior represents the traditional craftsmanship of Indonesian tribal heritage, the root of Kaum’s philosophy.