One Dining Table: How Do Americans and Indonesians Eat Differently?

How Do Americans and Indonesians Eat Differently?  Just look at the contents of their plates!
Have you ever observed it closely?

The meals served at one dining table might be the same. However, what and where lies the difference in how Americans and Indonesians eat? 

Just look at the contents of their plates

Just look at the contents of their plates. The Dayak people have more rice compared to vegetables and side dishes! Meanwhile, the Americans have more side dishes and vegetables, with only a small portion of rice.

Live culinary delights sourced from natural resources are just one of the many treasures of the Krayan region. The area's other advantages are countless. Krayan is truly a land crafted by God with a smile.

Krayan, the Heart of Borneo, is truly "a piece of Eden that fell to earth." This metaphor was expressed by Masri Sareb Putra in Tarakan on May 17, 2024, to 10 students and 2 advisors of the Waypoint Team from the United States who will visit and explore Krayan. 

What are their impressions and experiences? Did what they heard about Krayan beforehand prove to be true?

The 12 Americans who ventured into Krayan were Jordan Marsh, David Revell, Rebekah Payne, Esther McKaig, Christin Wisniewski, Wesley Bowles, Jonathan Gross, Katie Johnson, Marcus Ramirez, and Jack Clay. These young individuals are future MAF pilots, social workers, and humanitarian mission participants in Kalimantan. They were accompanied by Mr. Dan and Mrs. Jodi.

A piece of Eden that fell to earth

After spending 3 days living, experiencing, and eating-sleeping at "Pondok Biru," an inn in the middle of organic rice fields and the ranch of Dr. Yansen Tipa Padan, what did the 12 Americans have to say? Especially about the weather, climate, natural conditions, and particularly the cuisine of the Dayak Lengilo people in Krayan?

Kalvin Pagu (left side of the reader) is among 2 student advisors, namely Mr. Dan and Mrs. Jodi.

In the picture, Kalvin Pagu is seen wearing the traditional Dayak Lengilo costume. To his left, two noble-hearted student advisors from the United States' Waypoint team didn't want to miss out on the opportune moment, kairos, bestowed by God. 

They immortalized this beautiful moment by inscribing it on the monument of Batu Ruyud Writing Camp I. The monument is located in the village of Fe' Milau, Central Krayan, Nunukan, North Kalimantan, Indonesia, Southeast Asia.

"I already asked them. Those kind-hearted Americans testified that Krayan is truly a piece of Eden that fell to earth," said Kalvin Pagu. 

Kalvin had welcomed and accompanied the 12 Americans from the moment they set foot in North Kalimantan (Tarakan). 

The stocky Head of Ba' Binuang Village always accompanied the Americans until the end. This was a mandate from Dr. Yansen TP, who, despite serving as the Deputy Governor of North Kalimantan, said in Tarakan, "Kalvin Pagu is more powerful in Krayan than I am," which was met with applause and nods from the audience.

The most memorable sensation

The most memorable sensation for Americans regarding Krayan cuisine is its freshness, not just its deliciousness. 

Just look at the contents of their plates!

Organic vegetables, grown in the wild without fertilizers; everything grows naturally. The same goes for fish, meat, and fruits. All organic. That's the culinary sensation for foreigners who engage in ecotourism in Krayan. 

Of course, there's Adan rice, often referred to as "sultan rice" because it's tasty, fragrant, and aromatic. It only grows and bears fruit in the land of Krayan.

-- Masri Sareb Putra

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