Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Indonesian Food in The Netherlands



When I mentioned I was going to Holland, and asked for tips from anyone who wanted to share, one of my friends came back to me with the suggestion that I should keep an eye out for Indonesian food. The rijsttafel, or rice table, is a uniquely Dutch way of eating Indonesian dishes, so obviously something to look out for.


We found a small Chinese-and-Indonesian restaurant, De Grote Muur, in the town of Leersum. Since they offered a vegetarian rijsttafel, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

The dishes were served as a three course meal: first a sweet and spicy tomato soup, then rice and main dishes, followed up by lychees.

The main dishes included a couple of different sets of stir-fried vegetables, an omlette dish with sweet-and-sour sauce, and banana fritters (which I encouraged Andy to eat). It was a lot of food, but delicious, and we managed to work our way through it all.

Neither Andy or I were particularly fond of the lychees we've had in the past, so we were wondering if we'd really manage to finish our dessert, but these ones were surprisingly nice. I think they must have been fresh rather than tinned.

I've always loved the style of meal where you get several dishes to share, and the rijsttafel was no exception. I'm surprised the concept hasn't reached England yet.

12 comments:

Expats Again said...

Well, I guess it makes perfect sense when you consider that Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch. We will have to look for it the next time we visit. Thanks!

Jo said...

All of that looks perfectly delicious and quite to my liking.

Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures and for making me hungry-ha!

Best in your travels -- what a beautiful way to live your life and to share it.

Peace and serenity,
~Jo
'The End Of The Rainbow: Life After Bankruptcy'

Judy Harper said...

What is lychees? The food looks delicious! I agree about you living your travels and sharing with us. I think it's great!

Slamdunk said...

I would not have guessed that Indonesian offerings would be found there. Thanks for the education.

Emma said...

Ooooo that sounds lovely.....I could just eat that now! I love Lychees...yum!

Louiz said...

I think I first had sate in Holland. Was a surprise, but yes, then it dawned "Dutch East India Company"...

Jenny Woolf said...

I wrote an article on a very interesting chef in Holland about 10 years ago and had to supply three interesting typically Dutch dishes as part of the story. It was really, really hard! Wish I had thought of investigating the Dutch take on Indonesian food.

Tabor said...

Very familiar with the Dutch 'rice table' as I lived in Indonesia a few years. The food is spicy but so interesting.

Stephanie V said...

I was introduced to rijstaffel by a boyfriend - long ago - who had been born to Dutch parents in Indonesia. I was smitten.
We have a couple of restaurants here that serve it. And I do enjoy that delicious and spicy food.

Kazzy said...

I have never had Indonesian food, but I usually like about every ethnic food, so I should find some.

Chef E said...

Oh yes, I imagine tinned take on the tin flavor, like a chardonnay aged in steel barrels, I can taste it at times and its not nice...hubby had a lychee martini once with fresh ones and still raves...he loves them...I am on the fence, they remind me of bamboo shoots, not the crunch, the feel in your mouth...I will eat them in hot and sour soup, it hides the flavor and texture...look at me writing a book on here, see you do not need a kindle, lol, I will write you stories for free!

Christine said...

There is quite an affection within Indonesia for Holland. Much to do with the colonial past they shared, even though independence was hard won. I am interested to hear of this dish.

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