Rijsttafel: Indonesian Cuisine is home cooking to my family. We are having a family reunion at my parents' place in Maryland, which means that relatives have flown in from Australia, China, Amsterdam, Curacao, and Miami to celebrate a confluence of important anniversaries and birthdays. As always, we Dutch folk gather our resources to create Mom's version of a home cooked meal: the Rijsttafel. With 20 mouths to feed in the heat of summer, my parents served this beloved food picnic style on the deck. As usual, Mom worried that there would not be enough food to go around. As usual, we are feasting on the delicious leftovers.
Pinda Sauce (Peanut sauce)
Kroepoek (Thick fried shrimp wafers)
Sambal Goering Telor (egg) with Udang (shrimp) at top, Beef Rendag (bottom) and Sambal Badjak and Sambal Oelek (hot spicy sauces in jars)
Gado Gado (Green beans, slaw, and cucumbers served with peanut sauce)
Serundeng (Spicy coconut condiment) and toasted peanuts
Assembled meal without the addition of peanut sauce, sambal, kroepoek or serundeng.