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No one can visit Amsterdam without sampling the unique fusion mix of Javanese and Surinamese cooking, served in simple "warung" canteens. For a first taste, nothing beats one of the oldest of these eateries, Warung Spang Makandra, which has been serving delicious food at budget prices since 1979. Here you can feast off Indonesian rijstaffel favourites – a mountain of steamed rice with satay, beef rendang, vegetables marinated in coconut – a roti with spicy chicken curry, "broodjes", hearty Surinamese sandwiches stuffed with lamb, "tempeh", a cake of fermented soya beans, or devilled eggs. Spang Makandra is tucked away down a sidestreet of the Pijp neighbourhood, where dozens of reasonably priced restaurants offer everything from Tunisian to Turkish, Chinese to Lebanese, Spanish to Indian.Gerard Doustraat 39; +31 20 670 5081, spangmakandra.nl; mains around €8

John Burton, The Guardian
Saturday 19 February 2011

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