Hutspot Patties for every occasion

Hutspot is a traditional Dutch one-pot meal made with mashed potatoes, carrots and onions. Some say the word comes from the French word hochepot or the English word hotchpotch. This classic dish is often eaten as a main meal throughout the fall and winter seasons. Hutspot is also a traditional meal served during 3 October…

Lumpia the rock’n spring roll

Lumpia (pronounced loom-p-yah) has been a popular snack in East Asia for centuries. In English known as egg roll because of crêpe pastry skin made with egg. The other name is spring roll as it is believed that it was filled with the new season’s spring vegetables in China. The lumpia was brought by Chinese immigrants…

Indo Dutch casserole aka Pastei Tutup

Meet the English shepherd’s pie with an Indo Dutch twist. Pastei is the Dutch word for pie and toetoep/tutup is the Indonesian word for closed. Originally “sheperd’s pie” contains lamb meat and “cottage pie” is made with beef. This eurasian fusion shepherd’s pie contains either beef or chicken. There are many versions of this savory…

Popcorn Picante at your Oscar Party

And now: a new Indo popcorn sensation on your red-carpet menu during your Oscar Party 2019. I predict it will get high ratings from your guests and will make a repeat appearance during many movie nights in the future. Get ready for a tantalizing and eye-popping experience. Sweet, savory, spicy, special and surprisingly simple to…

Soto Ayam – Indonesian Chicken Soup

One of my favorite comfort foods is soup of the chicken kind ; soto ayam. Soto is the Javanese word for soup and ayam is the Indonesian word for chicken. There are different versions depending on where the soto is served. Some historians suggested that soto was a mixture of traditions in the region. There…

Relatives of Poffertjes in Indonesia

Have you ever heard of poffertjes, the mini pancakes from the Netherlands?  Its size might be small, but its influence has been great. This little sweet treat from the Netherlands has relatives in Indonesia. Traces of its culinary DNA can be found in sweet Indonesian treats like kue cubit, kue cerabi and kue pukis. Indonesian…

Pasta Aglio e Olio Eurasiatico

This is my Eurasian rendition of spaghetti with garlic and oil. This dish scores 5 stars on my ultimate comfort food list. I kid you not when I say you can call me for this in the middle della notte. I never hide my amore for Italian food.  If I need a quick picker upper…

Devil’s Chicken – Ayam Setan

It’s Halloween time! The time when people enjoy being scared and dress up as scary figures. Well, if you are into that kind of thing and are wondering what to serve for your Halloween dinner party, look no further; Ayam Setan is your answer. The Devil’s in this dish, as the little red hot chili…

Risotto with an Indo Dutch twist

When two cultures meet, beautiful things happen. Like the Indo Dutch cooking style, for example, derived from a blend of Western and Oriental cooking techniques and ingredients. A kitchen that is the heart of the hybrid culture that originated in the former Dutch East Indies (modern Indonesia). This cooking style came along with the Indo…

Pangsit Goreng – a delicious crispy surprise

An old time favorite and no.1 on the Indofood appetizer chart: Pangsit Goreng. This deep-fried dumpling with special meat mixture was a great starter at our restaurant Djokja in Amsterdam. One regular guest would always call ahead: “I am on my way, can you have 3 orders of Pangsit Goreng ready at my table?” Pangsit Goreng…