Humanitarian and environmental organisation Artha Graha Peduli (Indonesia) recently set a new record for the Tallest Tumpeng at the World EXPO 2015, having produced a whopping 2.28 m (7 ft 5 in) tall serving of the traditional rice meal – 11 times the size of an ordinary tumpeng.
Tumpeng is a dish of turmeric-flavoured rice, which is bright yellow and shaped into a cone or column, usually only 20 cm tall, and served with other traditional Indonesian culinary favourites.
The magnificent rice mountain was displayed in the Indonesia Pavilion during the World Expo in Milan, Italy which was attended by visitors from all over the world.
The record attempt took place on the 70th anniversary of Indonesia gaining independence, to promote and celebrate the culture’s cuisine and the country’s contribution towards food demand challenges – tying in nicely with the Expo theme: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.
Once the record had been confirmed by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator, the delicious record-breaking tumpeng was distributed to thousands of eager-to-try guests.
The giant mound consisted of 17 various Indonesian dishes, eight levels of rice, surrounded by 45 mini tumpengs, and crowned with a Garuda Bird (the Indonesian national symbol) made out of spices and other Indonesian ingredients.
The organisation’s achievement attracted attention from both local and international media and reached thousands on social media, including retweets and reposts from Indonesian celebrities.