With a recipe of nasi kuning (yellow rice), urap (vegetables salad with spiced coconut dressing), chicken balado (chicken chili sambal) and potato perkedel, I presented my second Indonesian cooking demo on January 28, 2012 at the same place, d.a. Niels Gourmet Kitchenware as my first one which was held on October 22, 2011.
Thou I didn’t mention that my attention to showcase Rijsttafel. However a lady came up to me and asked is it similar to rice table? I could feel that my eyes were wide-open and suddenly I said “are you a Dutch descendant?” This lady replied back then there was a lady who owned a Dutch-Indonesian restaurant in Winnipeg and served rice table. Rice Table or known as Rijsttafel (pronounced: RYST-tah-fell). Rijsttafel is a Dutch word to the closest version of local nasi padang (Padang rice) and nasi campur (mix rice). Despite its popularity in the Netherlands and abroad (mostly South Africa), the rijsttafel is rarely found in Indonesia. The dishes served on rice table are undoubtly Indonesian, the rijsttafel’s origins were colonial. During Dutch’s occupation of Indonesia, the Dutch introduced the rice table not only so they could enjoy a wide array of dishes at a single setting but also to impress visitors with the exotic abundance of their colony.
Surely I had to tone down my chicken balado by adding red bell pepper and more tomatoes from my original recipe of balado. Potato perkedel was also a hit one.
Thank you to d.a. Niels for the accomodation and Fitri for the help!