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The Dutch-Indonesian rijsttafel (rice table) is an elaborate collection of dishes that present a melange of sweet, spicy and savoury flavours to the palette. Served in a buffet-type setting, rijsttafel pairs the Dutch ethos of togetherness (gezelligheid) with Indonesian cuisine’s unique and vibrant flavours and spices. From sweet and sour pickled vegetables and stewed greens in coconut sauce to spicy stewed beef and chicken satays slathered in a fragrant peanut sauce, there’s something for everyone to discover and enjoy.
A staple in the Netherlands, Indonesian cuisine is only recently starting to gain attention in North America. Justin Go and Alison Broverman are delighted to bring their version of the rijsttafel to The Depanneur. The meal will feature six vegetable dishes – including gado gado (an Indonesian salad of blanched and steamed vegetables topped with peanut sauce) and green beans in a spicy coconut sauce –six meat dishes – such as beef rendang (a slowly stewed beef in a spicy sauce), babi pangang (grilled pork in a sweet and sour sauce) and chicken satay – along with a number of sides and condiments all served to nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) and plain rice.
Whether familiar or completely new to the world of Indonesian cuisine, we hope this will be a rijsttafel to remember!
1. Krupuk: deep-fried shrimp-flavoured crackers
2. Kering tempeh: fried tempeh in sweet and spicy glaze
3. Seroendeng: toasted coconut flakes and peanuts
4. Sambal badjak: homemade hot sauce
1. Sambal goreng buncis: green beans in a spicy coconut sauce
2. Gado gado: Indonesian salad of blanched vegetables with peanut sauce
3. Sajur lodeh: stewed vegetables in a coconut broth
4. Perkedel: Indonesian fried potato patties
5. Atjar ketimun manis: pickled cucumber
1. Chicken satay: skewered marinated chicken
2. Beef rendang: spicy stewed beef
3. Babi pangang: grilled pork in sweet and sour sauce
4. Indonesian meatballs: seasoned meatballs in a sweet kecap sauce
5. Babi kecap: pork in sweet soy sauce
1. Nasi goreng: Indonesian fried rice
1. Pisang goreng: deep-fried banana fritters
*** Please note that some menu items may change. ***
*** Peanuts feature prominently in a number of dishes. ***
For nearly three years, Justin Go and Alison Broverman have been running the Dutch popup restaurant Borrel. Cooking such rustic fare as boerenkool (stewed kale with mashed potato) and fast-food favourites like krokets and frikandellen (made completely from scratch), Borrel has helped reunite Dutch expats with the beloved food of their homeland and introduce Torontonians to the nosh of the Netherlands – a cuisine surprisingly absent from the city’s wide culinary landscape. After many requests from customers and a desire to reconnect with the food Justin fondly remembers his grandfather cooking on trips back to the Netherlands – not to mention a whole lot of trial and error in the kitchen these past few weeks – Justin and Alison are thrilled to be attempting to tackle the Indonesian rijsttafel for the very first time at The Depanneur. Their hope is that these Indonesian recipes and the rijsttafel will become as celebratory an event as their popular Borrels.
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Every weekend The Depanneur invites an amateur or professional guest chef to host a fun, informal dinner party.