Friday, 17 June 2011 09:58
Friday, 17 June 2011 09:51
This a hidden gem and when you are in the neighbourhood and on a budget you should stop here. It has Surinam and Indonesian food and the secret is that it is very simple and it tastes excellent. Our favourite is bami with chicken special together with a bakabana (fried banana) with it.
Friday, 17 June 2011 09:50
Roti kip speciaal!!
Wat heerlijk! Glenn, mijn favoriete Surinamer! Ik ben een ramp in de keuken, ik kan niet koken en het bezorgt mij enorm veel stress. Om die reden laat ik regelmatig anderen voor mij koken, dat kunnen vrienden en familie zijn, maar ook professionele koks. Ik prijs mijzelf bijzonder gelukkig met alle afhaalmogelijkheden in mijn wijk, de Pijp. Met stip op nummer 1: Spang Makandra! Fijne roti voor een goede prijs. Ik ben hier zeker wekelijks te vinden.
Thursday, 09 June 2011 12:27
Zum Mittagessen ging es an die malerische Amstel und später zum Hotel nach Amsterdam. Nach einer kurzen Verschnaufpause ging es weiter mit dem kulturellen Programm. Das Van Gogh Museum bietet dem geneigten Besuchern einen interessanten Einblick in die Schaffensphasen des berühmten Künstlers. Auch einige seiner Freunde und Kollegen sind ausgestellt.
Der Tag endet mit einer kulinarischen Herausforderung im Warung Spang Makandra einem Chinesisch-Indischen Restaurant und dem anschliessenden Rundgang durch das nächtliche Amsterdam.
Früh Morgens ging es los mit dem Car in Richtung Rotterdam. Diese Stadt präsentiert sich eher als europäische Grossstadt mit Hochhäusern und Shoppingmalls, wo wir nützliche und unnütze Besorgungen tätigen konnten. Mit dem nächsten Programmpunkt zurück in Amsterdam konnten ausnahmslos alle etwas anfangen. Der Besuch bei Heineken wurde erhofft, erwartet und in vollen Zügen genossen. Bis zum Abend schlenderten wir danach in Gruppen durch die Strassen und über die Grachten Amsterdams. Wo kein Wasser fliesst beherrschen Fahrräder die Wege und Gassen. Typisch holländisch gab es zum Abendessen pannekoeken in allen Variationen, wobei die von der Bedienung vorgeschlagenen drei Stück kaum jemandem reichten. Der kulturelle Höhepunkt am dritten Abend war der Besuch im Konzert von Moss, einer holländischen Alternative/Britpop Band.
Thursday, 09 June 2011 12:24
If you really want a real traditional Amsterdam meal I must recommend Van Dobben. (Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat right next to the Rembrandtplein)
Although it is in the center, this is a real Amsterdam institution serving traditional Dutch fare. It is a sandwich shop opened at the end of World War 2 and as far as what to order I would suggest one of their broodjes. (a broodje is a bread roll) Broodje kroket (they spell it croquet- very Dutch), broodje halfom (beef with liver or broodje pekelvlees if you don't want liver) broodje filet americain (steak tartare) or the warm vlees (I think it is turkey with peanut sauce, it's been a while)
Dutch pancakes- basically these are large crepes and can be ordered in all manner of styles- sweet, savory, etc. Usually Dutch people will eat these for dinner but you can get them anytime- my favourite pancake place in A'dam is De Carrousel (Tweede Weteringsplantsoen near where Vijzelstraat intersects with Stadhouderskade. Quite close to Museumplein and Heineken experience) Basically, De Carrousel is built inside an old merry-go-round so it also offers a very unique vibe.
A real traditional Dutch meal is also called an Uitsmijter which is simply bread with a fried egg, melted cheese and if you wish ham as well.
Best uitsmijter in A'dam can be found at the Kat in de Wijngaert (Lindengracht- this is De Jordaan - to the West of the center, a real traditional A'dam neighbourhood- this place is near the Noordermarkt- a market open on Mondays and Saturdays) or at this place which i forget the name of but I can tell you where it is. I think it might be called Cafe RAI or something like that, but it is on the corner of Geleenstraat and Europaplein/Scheldestraat near the RAI exhibition centre/train station in A'dam Zuid (south) right at the dge of the neighbourhood where Anne Frank lived (De Rivierenbuurt)
Since the Netherlands had many colonies over the years there is also an integrated immigrant population who have been in the Netherlands for many generations, so naturally, their food culture is well known and accepted as part of the Netherlands.
De Tokoman - this is right next to the Waterlooplein (flea market- they do have militaria and army surplus so might be of interest) and has the best Surinamese sandwiches in my opinion. Get the Broodje pom (Pom is a Surinamese tuber which is then mixed with chicken and zoutvlees (bacon?) get it with zuur en peper- usually they ask after you order it- "zuur en peper?" which is atjar (Indonesian pickled vegetables) and pepper relish.
So when they ask 'zuur en peper' say 'Ja' (pronounced Yaa) I'm pretty sure they speak English too so no worries, everybody pretty much does.
Right nearby if you are still hungry and want more Surinamese fare, inside the Metrostation under the Stopera (right across from Tokoman) is a place called De Hapjeshoek. They also have Surinamese 'broodjes' , like Chili Kip (chili chicken - quite spicy!!!) or my personal favourite kip ketjap. Chicken with Indonesian sweet soy sauce.
Another Surinamese staple is Roti- which is an Indian chapati style bread with sauce.
Nyonya Malaysia Express (Kloveniersburgwal -also near Waterlooplein, so still in the Center) has an amazing roti, roti canai. So good.
Or if you want to go further a field there is an amazing Surinamese/Indonesian restuarant in de Pijp called Warung Spang makandra (Gerard Doutsraat)
They have an amazing selection of rotis as well as full meals if you want dinner. You can always head there passing through the Albert Cuypmarkt, which is a market on the Albert Cuypstraat- here you can get food as well, but the guy you are looking out for is the stroopwaffel man.
Stroopwaffels are traditional Dutch waffels with syrup in the middle- he makes them fresh right there- so a good place to start!
Thursday, 09 June 2011 12:07
In de Pijp you're in great Surinamese territory...
the classics are Albina (Albert Cuypstraat 69) and Warung Spang Makandra (Gerard Doustraat 39)...at Albina a broodje for lunch might be a good idea, basically a sandwich similar in concept to a banh mi, but minus crisp vegetables or pate. My favorites are pom (malanga and chicken casserole), babi pangang (kind of a sweet and sour Indonesian pork), and kerrie kip (chicken curry, sometimes also called hete kip. If they ask you if you want peper and zuur (chiles and pickles) on your sandwich, you do. For pictures and more background check out my eG foodblog (linked in my signature)...a broodje is 3 euros or less.
At Warung Spang Makandra i'd go for either the Javaanse Rames or the Indo Rames. These are like mini-rijsttafels, usually 4 or 5 dishes with rice and noodles, but in quantities designed for one person.
Don't have any rijsttafel recommendations, they're out of my budget these days....
Thursday, 09 June 2011 11:43
With three-course meals for less than ten euros, Warung Spang Makandra is good for those on a tight budget. It specialises in Surinamese and Indonesian cuisine, and you can't go wrong with any of the rice and lamb dishes, or Bakabana (fried bananas) for dessert. No alcohol is served on the premises, but a range of tropical juices and supermalt- a non-alcoholic malt drink consumed in many African and Caribbean countries-are available to quench your thirst.
The restaurant opened its doors in 1978 and also offers take-out and catering services.
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 16:29
Suriname, located north of Brazil in South America is a formerly colonized country that earned full independence from the Dutch in 1975. Many natives moved to the Netherlands and the Spang Makandra restaurant proudly serves foods from the homeland. Flat bread called "roti" wraps around hearty mixtures of meat, vegetables (try the miniature crunchy green beans!), rice and roots (very similar to potatoes but with very different flavors). Suriname is a coastal country and many of the dishes include fish, which Spang Makandra manages to gather straight from South America to lend authenticity to their delicious meals. Be sure to try the fried banana with peanut dipping sauce for dessert. The space is tiny and often has a wait, but it goes by quickly and is worth the time spent sitting on the bench outside. The service is quick and friendly, but you may need to ask one of the servers to translate parts of the menu if you aren't a Dutch speaker.
Mark V. (via Foursquare)
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 16:24
Voor een lekkere lunchpauze. Prijs/kwaliteitsverhouding is super. Aardige bediening. En pak sowieso een Bakabana met satésaus!
From Tripadvisor.nl (Weisches)
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 16:22
A fantastic experience re: authentic suurinamese - jaavanese food. It is a small restaurant that does not take reservations and is very popular. Usually all seats are taken and people cue for their take-away orders - this should not put you off: the owner is helpful and experienced; he can tell you how long you might have to wait till a seat becomes available. But of course, it doesn't guarantee you a seat. The menue is in dutch, but again the owner speaks excellent English and will help you to find the perfect dish for you. We went for the starters and mains he recommended and were not disappointed. They serve a great variety in vegetarian, seafood and meat dishes. The food was very tasty, perfectly seasoned and cooked, which we found remarkable as the kitchen was obviously working at full capacity to satisfy the numerous customers.
Great food, price and service - just be aware of their non-reservation policy and don't be disappointed. Only soft drinks.
Bezocht Januari 2011