Dutch-Indonesian Rijsttafel: Selamat Makan!
Reservation Required I Restaurant 18:00 – 23:00 (kitchen closes at 22:00).
The Dutch-Indonesian rijsttafel (rice table) is a traditional combination of dishes from various Indonesian food cultures. It consists of a number of perfectly harmonised dishes. All main and side-dishes are put on the table at the same time. Everyone composes his own menu from them. It is not only about the eating itself; socialising and togetherness are equally important. It is a traditional element of festive occasions like annual events, reunions, memorials and other gatherings. The recipes for the rice table are often family recipes from the former Dutch East Indies, passed on by granny, aunty or 'kokkie' (the cook).
This dish means “vegetables cooked in coconut milk”. It has Indonesian origins from Java. Vegetables such as carrot, corn, and bamboo shoots are served with kaffir lime leaves and a light coconut broth.
Tofu, bean sprouts and kecap pedis.
Roasted aubergine in a spicy tomato sauce.
A hearty dish, which has its roots in Indonesia (in Indonesian it literally means "mix-mix"), Java, Sudan, and also Suriname. Our version comes with fried tofu, crunchy vegetables, and a lovely spicy peanut dressing. You can have your course with or without egg.
Skewered chicken with a sultry peanut sauce.
Our delicious jackfruit coconut curry with long beans and fragrant lemongrass (instead of the chicken satay).
The most important element of a rijsttafel is of course rice. In our case Indonesian yellow rice. This cone shaped rice is to represent the mountains and clearly the focal point of the meal. It is flavored with coconut milk and gets its beautiful hue from turmeric.
Pickled sweet and sour cucumber and shallots with a hint of chili.
Roasted and shredded coconut.
Crispy banana fritters. The ultimate comfort food!
A Dutch-Indonesian spice cake, also called Thousand Layer Cake in English.
In the late 1500s, Dutch traders ventured to the Indonesian islands of Maluku and returned with spices like cloves, mace, and nutmeg. These expeditions were so lucrative, the islands were deemed "The Spice Islands," and by the early 1600s, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) established a trading post on Java, Indonesia. The Dutch government granted the VOC semi-governmental powers and resources. By the end of the 1600s, the VOC controlled the region, deemed the Dutch East Indies, through force. Dutch colonizers embraced Indonesian cuisine and used the diversity of dishes to impress visiting nobles and merchants. Heaps of steaming rice would be laid on a table alongside dishes from all throughout the archipelago, creating an indulgent meal called rijsttafel, or "rice table." Dutch colonization expanded to the Caribbean throughout the 1600s, notably on the islands of Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Curaçao, Saba, and Aruba (today's Dutch Caribbean). Other Caribbean islands like Saint Croix, Tobago, Tortola, Saint Thomas, and Anegada also had a Dutch presence during this time through the Dutch West India Company (WIC). In the early 17th century, Indonesian spices and recipes arrived on the shores of the Caribbean, where they can be savored in even more unique ways today. Though the Caribbean and Indonesian archipelagos are over 27.000 kilometers apart, they've been linked through a shared history of Dutch colonization and occupation. Dutch adoption of Indonesian cuisine and the Indonesian diaspora are why you can find authentic Indonesian fare in the heart of the Caribbean, often blended with other flavor combinations and cooking techniques from other European territories.
As always, the menu is paired with remarkable natural wine from women producers. This time from Agricola Morasinsi, a family-owned winery with Sveva Sernia at the helm (Italy / Puglia / Alta Murgia).