Get to know Taufik Sutisna, Brand Executive Chef of The Noodle House
Name: Taufik Sutisna Job title: Brand Executive Chef, The Noodle House Age: 42
How long have you lived in Dubai? I was in Dubai from 2006 till 2012 working across a number of restaurants. Then in 2012, I moved to Oman and now I am back in Dubai working with The Noodle House and have been here for almost a year.
Where do you like to hang out in Dubai when you're not at work? When I am not at work,I like to spend my time with my family and go out and try different restaurants. It is exciting to see all the different restaurants opening in Dubai. Plus , I always like to try different cuisines, which gives me inspiration.
What's your top tip for visitors to Dubai? As Dubai is modern city, the modern landmarks such as The Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall are always popular. However, I would suggest visitors to visit the heritage museum, and the old fishing ports in Bur Dubai along with the spice and gold markets to see and understand the rich culture and history. Dubai was a fishing hub from the beginning, so it is good to see where it all began. As chef, I would also suggest for them to try the various cuisines that this city has to offer.
What is one thing would you like to do in Dubai that you haven't done before? Sky diving. It looks like a lot of fun, but I am still a bit afraid. One day, I will try it.
What career journey did you take before joining your restaurant? As I mentioned before I have been in the UAE before where I was Chef De Cuisine at Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, and then moved to Oman for a bit where I was Executive Chef at Hilton Oman. Also, back home in Indonesia when I left the UAE, I worked as Training & Quality Chef at The Noodle House in Ritz Carlton Hotel Jakarta, Indonesia.
Aside from where you work. Where is your favorite place to dine in Dubai? I don’t have a specific favorite place to dine at. As a chef, I love food and the art of cuisine in general.I personally like to explore different cuisines from around the world, as well as check out new techniques and skills and see what I can try out in my kitchen both at work and for cooking at home.
Why should Time Out readers try your restaurant? The Noodle House recently launched a new menu with 28 brand new dishes and tweaks to existing favourites. When I first came on board at The Noodle House here in Dubai earlier this year, I really wanted to bring an even more authentic taste, look and feel to the menu. I worked with my team to create new dishes based on what was already popular on the menu. We kept some of the old favourites that everyone loves, like Wasabi Prawns and Nasi Goreng, but just make them a little better.
I also sourced ingredients from Asia to give the menu even more authenticity to the dishes. Also, I cook with an open kitchen to enhance the experience and feel as if you are at a street market in Asia.
Consistency and quality of ingredients is also key across all of our restaurants. I have worked with the chefs at each Noodle House restaurant to ensure each dish is the same no matter what Noodle House you go to.
What's the best thing about dining at your restaurant in 2015? In addition to the new menu, which offers a wide range of dishes across the SoutheastAsian with28 new dishes and 37 all-time favorites dishes, they are affordable. The new dishes also help to create memorable dining experiences especially for those who have travelled to Southeast Asian countries. I hope that when dines try the dishes, it evokes memories of past travels or for those who have not been to Asia, the food may make then want to visit.
For the rest of 2015, we will be launching some additional noodle and curry dishes to our customers.
What's your dish recommendation at your restaurant? It is hard to pick just one, so here are a couple. Singaporean CurryLaksa, Mie Ayam(chicken noodle soup), Soto Mie (beef noodle soup), Brisket Noodles, Duck Noodles, Malay Roasted Chicken, Indonesian Nasi Goreng, Brownies Kukus (kukus means steamed, and we steam them instead of baking them)