Another Indo Dutch food talk was on the schedule for the East Coast this time. Of course there was more because we know that talking about food grows an appetite.
So, there I went on the red-eye to New York with a suitcase full of terasi, krupuk and spices.
An invitation to speak and cook for members of the New Amsterdam History Center got me to the Big Apple again last April 18th. That news got the attention of the Dutch-American club in New Jersey, where I was asked to prepare a 3-course menu for friends.
On the menu: Pangsit Goreng, Gado Gado with Lontong and Spekkoek for dessert.
While in New York, I cooked in the kitchen of Kopi Kopi, the only Indonesian bistro and wine bar in Manhattan. Liz, the owner makes a killer Rendang.
The following Friday I took the New Jersey Transit to meet my friend Gerald who wanted me to share something with his friends about the Indo Dutch culinary heritage, as described in my book Indo Dutch Kitchen Secrets. Another warm welcome and fun gathering, this time at the residence of Vincent & Annemiek van Laar & kids. By the way, the mini-chefs were a great help with the prepping!
My trip to the East Coast got me inspired to do another series of new events this summer and fall in NY. Stay tuned and check my Indo Dutch food events page for the schedule.
Check out the recipes for the no.1 crispy appetizer on the Indo Food Chart: Pangsit Goreng.