Saturday, January 18, 2014

Blue Pepper @ Amsterdam


Indonesian food is popular in Amsterdam, the result of ties forged through the centuries of Dutch colonization in Southeast Asia.


Any concerns we had that the food would be toned down for European palates were vanquished with this tangy, spicy amuse bouche of battered chili chicken.


Lumpia basah, a starchy, roti jala-ish steamed winter roll of chicken & prawns. The recipes slant toward "contemporary" Indonesian, eschewing traditional preparations for prettified ones.


Salada bebek (roasted duck salad with green turmeric leaves dressing).


Most of the dishes tasted decent _ except this grilled fish pate with peanut sauce, which looked too pale to be otak-otak and was far too bland.


Salada asinan segar (crackly crab, mango & pineapple in green salad with tamarind).


Succulent lamb sate with lime-&-soy sauce & chicken sate with peanut sauce.


Soto aneka laut. Watery seafood soup with a slight citrus tang.


Sate Marangi (garlic-marinated beef fillet skewers).


Chicken soup with glass noodles & (too few) quail eggs.


Plump prawns in jackfruit sauce, alongside stir-fried veggies & egg.


Cod fish "cobek." A West Javanese fish fillet recipe with carrot sauce.


Padang-style beef rendang.


Chicken gulai (Sumatran-style chicken with lemongrass & cinnamon).


Urapan (wok-fried mixed veggies with grated coconut) & Kambing Kecap (lamb fillet, long beans & chillies).


Sambal goreng buncis (spicy green beans with shrimp).


Desserts are Westernized. Here's a platter of blue pears sweetened & stewed in blue curacao, fruit tartar & fermented black rice pudding.


Flan of young coconut with pineapple soup & sorbet. Sweet, melt-in-the-mouth bliss.


Faugeres, Carignan-Mourverdre-Syrah-Grenache, Chateau Chennaie (2004) & Au Cler, Vin de Pays des Cotes des Gascogne (2009).


Blue Pepper,
Amsterdam.

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18 comments:

  1. I love lamb, Sean! I have never tried it like this before, though. :)

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    1. Linda: it was a nice recipe for lamb, the marinade and sauce added delicious dimensions of flavour :D

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  2. Wow, now this is one thing I would love to have right now.

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    1. Cquek: tasty indonesian fare ;)

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  3. It's interesting that a lot of European countries have really authentic Asian food, sometimes even more so than we can find in KL!

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    1. Baby Sumo: that's true, the diversity of indonesian dishes to be easily discovered in amsterdam is much more dazzling than what most indonesian restaurants in KL serve ... even though we're just neighbours with jakarta here! =)

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  4. that's interesting. yeah even in Belgium, they have nasi goreng and also sambal olek.

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    1. Eiling: nasi goreng could be comfort food in any country, ya. sambal, hmmm, not too sure, heh :D

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  5. Indonesian? Ah well...the Dutch were their colonists at one time. Loved their nasi padang in Singapore...at one time. Slurpssss!!!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: oh ya, good food tastes good all around the world :D

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  6. it looks so little especially for indonesian food, is it consider as fine dining? XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: heh, ya, smaller portions, more suitable for sampling a little bit of everything :D

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  7. Wow you ordered a lot leh! What was the damage? Hehehe

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    1. CK: heh, i think it was probably more than 100 euros =)

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  8. Going International! Good recommendations there Sean!

    Wilson

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    1. Wilson: thanks, glad you like them! :D

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  9. Hmm... a lot of recipes not even heard of here! I'll send your link to some Indo friends and see what they have to say! HEheheh!

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    1. Rebecca: haha, i hope they approve! ya, this meal went beyond my general knowledge of indonesian recipes too! =)

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