Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rijsttafel - A who and a what now?

A Dutch word for the type of Indonesian cuisine made popular in the Netherlands. Pronounced: RY-stah-fell. Literally translated it means "rice-table".

The first thing that I thought of was a typical Korean meal. If you've ever had Korean BBQ, it looks a lot like the picture above. A lot of different side-dishes and meats with rice and kim-chi. Back in the day, the Dutch colonialists brought together an array of small side-dishes from Indonesia and called it Rijsttafel. I would love to try this. Obviously all the rage in the Netherlands. Apparently it's gaining popularity in the U.S. as well. The familiarity to Korean cuisine, at least in presentation is very appealing.

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