Saturday, 11 September 2010
A weekend in Amsterdam or: Full of tempeh!
As much as "Eat, pray, love" was a major disappointment (although it deals with three countries I am quite interested in - including Indonesia), our bank holiday trip to Amsterdam was amazing and full of great food.
There are plenty of vegan/veg-friendly restauraunts in Amsterdam, however, we didn't go to any. Because of that amazing "Dutch" (colonial) speciality - Indonesian!
Now there are plenty of Indonesian places in London and elsewhere. The problem is that they usually are half Indonesian, half Malay, half something else. Nothing wrong with Malaysian food or any other South East Asian cuisine, but I like my authenticity.
Now there is this wonderful Dutch invention called Rijsttafel (literally "Rice table"), aka a buffet of Indonesian food. The great thing is that Indonesian cooking doesn't use any dairy to begin with, and very little eggs, so if you go for vegetarian options you pretty much have a guaranteed vegan meal.
Our first meal in Amsterdam was at a cute Indonesian deli - spicy tempeh (be praised for this invention, Indonesia!), spring rolls, corn fritters!
Late that night, we went to Puri Mas for our big vegan rijsttafel. For €20 each, we had: plain rice, spiced rice, veggies in peanut sauce, spicy tempeh, tofu in a bbq-y sauce, sauteed mushrooms, aubergine in spicy sauce, cucumber salad, a mixed veggie salad, grean beans, friend bananas... and quite a bit more. It was amazing, and the service was just wonderful. And the condiments! I could sprinkle those sweet-salty roasted coconut flakes on everything I eat!
Now I am somewhat at a loss regarding authentic Indonesian recipes, because I can't seem to find any that turn out right. I am lacking some of the basic knowledge about this cuisine, that's why. Any book/website recommendations (except for The Asian Vegan Kitchen)?