Amsterdam 1012 HV
Our friends know that we travel a lot. However, we have been going easy on our travels this academic year for various reasons. Our one and only trip this Easter was to Netherlands (Amsterdam) to catch the tulips in bloom. However, no trip for us is complete without trying lots of food. The Dutch were once colonial masters of Indonesia, and as a result, there’s a wide variety of Indonesian food in Netherlands. The Indonesian cuisine is most well known for its satay, rendang and sambal dishes. Since these foods are very familiar to us, and since we are massive lovers of spice and anything spicy, we were determined to get our fix in Amsterdam (food wise).
Just a short stroll from our hostel, we found Aneka Rasa, which was recommended by a blog we read just before leaving for Amsterdam. It wasn’t listed in many reviews, and is definitely not considered to be one of the best places in Amsterdam for Indonesian food, but since we stumbled upon it, and there seemed to be some Indonesian looking customers, we decided to go in.
A was starving because of her very unsatisfying lunch at Boom Chicago, so right off the bat we ordered quite a bit of food. First up, we had the Sate Ayam (Chicken Satay). The chicken was quite tender but the satay sauce that came with it tasted very clearly of peanut butter. Well, we know that most recipes for satay sauce call for peanut butter, but this was too obvious.
We also had Daging Rendang (Beef Rendang). This was one of the better dishes we had. The beef was cooked till it was soft and tender. However, A commented that it would be better if it was spicier. In fact, we felt that all the dishes we had were very conservatively spiced – not shiok enough for us unfortunately.
The Ikan Pepesan (Assam fish) had some nice spice on the outside, but was extremely dry on the inside. The fish was way overcooked and it was very disappointing. Our Sambal Goreng Rebung Tahu (sambal tofu with bamboo shoots) was equally bad. The entire dish tasted like it came out from a can, and we suspected that canned bamboo shoots were indeed used. We also had Nasi Kuning (Rice with coconut) which was bland and dry, and Bami Goreng (Fried noodles) which fell flat too.
All in all, it was a terrible meal and I think the restaurant fell way short in presenting the exciting fiery flavours of Indonesian cuisine. What a pity.