While in the Netherlands you cannot escape tasting Surinamese, Chinese and above all Indonesian cuisine. Not everything is my fave, but certain dishes and combinations are just brilliant. Take Indonesian chicken satay (kipsateh) for example. When invited for a barbecue in the NL, certainly you will be served some. (Shocking for me at first - instead of several cuts of read meat during a barbecue, I was offered just a tiny stick with two or three pices of chicken and incomprehensible sweet/hot sauce. Made of... peanut ? Are you kidding ?)
Well, when in Holland and invited for a barbecue I am already used to the fact that maybe no red meat will be served. Here is a recipe for a must have dish in the NL. I have found it on the internet and used it during the last "barbecue"at my in laws (I am not sure whether this is 100% Indonesian though) :
my father in law in action...
Chicken Satay Marinade
Spice paste:1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
2 stalks lemon grass
6 shallots (peeled)
2 cloves garlic (peeled)
4 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 teaspoon of chili powder
2 teaspoons of turmeric powder (optional)
4 spoons of Ketjap Manis
1 spoon of oyster sauce
Cut the chicken meat into small cubes. Grind the spice paste in a food processor. Add in a little water if needed. Marinate the chicken pieces with the spice paste for 10-12 hours. Thread the meat on to bamboo skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes each side. Serve hot with fresh cucumber pieces or a salad.
*********A traditional sauce for indonesian chicken satay as served in Holland in peanut sauce. There are many brands readily available in the supermarkets, you do not have to bother about preparing some.
But I will tell you how to cheat when you cannot fancy going to the supermarket... My mother in law told me how to. When I am craving for peanut sauce and do not have any at home I just do like that:
I grab a small pan, fry some finely diced onions and garlic in sesame or sunflower oil, add peanut butter (in Dutch it is called pindakaas), some water and mix it. Warm it up until it thickens to your desired consistency. You can add some chili powder. Presto ! You have now some pretty good peanut sauce (pindasaus). Or almost, hehehe.
Kipsaté (chicken satay) goes very well with bread and salad - or french fries and a very simple salad of tomatoes and lettuce. It is easily found everywhere in the Netherlands and now you know how to make it also at home. Or at least cheat it, hahaha.
Eet smakelijk !
Bon appètit !
Dutch kids love chicken satay