I had never eaten Indonesian food in my life before coming to The Netherlands. In fact, I don’t think I’d even seen an Indonesian restaurant. And that is quite odd, seeing as in London and New York I ate about every imaginable type of national cuisine, including Ethiopian food, Afghan food, Georgian food, Turkish food, Vietnamese food, Somali food, Brazilian food, Polish food, etc.
But here, because the Dutch colonized Indonesia, it is very common to see Indonesian food. You can get it not only in a sit-down restaurant, but more often as a take away. It’s basically equivalent to Indian food and curry houses in the UK (or Mexican food in the US). So for Friday lunch, we picked up a €4 box packed with noodles topped with meat and vegetables. It was seriously delicious and quite unlike any other cuisine I have ever tasted.