Indonesian Food Inspired from Dutch Culinary



Indonesia and Netherlands have a long history, since the colonial era to this day. As the impact of Dutch colonization, Indonesia has many changes, including the food. Here are several food which inspired by the Dutch. Probably you didn’t realize it at the first time.


1. Kroket / Croquette

A croquette is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing, usually as main ingredients, mashed potatoes or ground meat (veal, beef, chicken, or turkey), shellfish, fish, cheese, vegetables, and mixed with béchamel or brown sauce, and soaked white bread, egg, onion, spices and herbs, wine, milk, beer, or any of the combination thereof, sometimes with a filling, e.g. sautéed onions, mushrooms, or boiled eggs (Scotch eggs). The croquette is usually shaped into a cylinder, disk, or oval shape, and then deep-fried. The croquette (from the French croquer, "to crunch") gained worldwide popularity, both as a delicacy and as a fast food.

But in Indonesia, croquette got its fame during the Dutch-colonial era and got a small modification on the ingredients. It usually mashed potato with vegetables, shredded chicken, covered by dough and bread crumb. Served as snack with chili or tomato sauce.


2. Semur / Stew

Acording to The Javanese, semur name derived from Dutch “smoor”, means boiled. In the Netherland, smoor is a meat boiled with tomato and onion/garlic in a long time. The oldest recipe of semur/stew/smoor came from the recipe book of Groot Nieuw Oost-Indisch Volledig Kookboek, an old book from Dutch-colonial era.


3. Perkedel / Bergedel / Begedil / Indonesian Fried Patties

Perkedel is believed to be derived from Dutch frikadeller, which is actually a Danish meatball or minced meat dish. This was owed to Indonesian historical and colonial link to the Netherlands. Unlike frikadeller, the perkedel's main ingredient is not meat, but mashed potato.


4. Lapis Legit

Lapis lagit is a mandatory which must available in a Dutch banquet rijsttafel. Lapis legit is almost like an European layer cake of spekkoek. However Lapis Legit layer cake made of various spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and anise, that make it rich in flavor.


5. Kue Cubit

It is believes that kue cubit is local modification of poffertjes, a Dutch mini pancake. Both kue cubit and poffertjes are known as street food, with the same ingredients.


6. Kastengels / Kaasstengels / Indonesian Cheese Cookie

One of the hapjes or Dutch snack, it is a popular cake served during the major holiday in Indonesia such as Christmas and Eid al Fitr. Don’t want to make it by yourself? You can see these cookies in the classic cookies store which serve old-style cake and cookies.


7. Klapertart / Klappertaart

Literally means coconut cake or coconut tart, kapertart made from flour, sugar, milk, butter, as well as coconut flesh and juice. The recipe was influenced by Dutch occupation in Manado. (original article here)

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