Recipe for nurturing your inner Indo

New generations of Americans with Indo European lineage, at some point in their lives, have a desire to rediscover or know more about their origins and (multi-) cultural background. For a long time I asked the questions: How do Indos in America identify themselves? What is their emotional relationship with the Dutch East Indies, the…

Indofood unites and keeps heritage alive

Indo Dutch culture is threatened with extinction. With the passing of older generations with roots in the former Dutch East Indies, traditions are slowly disappearing. Their children and grand children are very well assimilated in American society. In my opinion it’s important where you live in the present, at the same time you should not…

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…

Rijsttafel not an adaptation of Nasi Padang

When you Google ‘rijsttafel’ you will see from the top results that the rijsttafel is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch following the hidang presentation of nasi Padang, an Indonesian dining ritual from the region of West Sumatra.  It’s time to debunk this newly created myth. When it comes to the history of Indo-Dutch culinary traditions there are no…