As I was making my way to office this morning, I wanted to buy a sandwich on my way. However, there was a line at almost every place I entered and I wanted to make haste. Luckily I knew a place near the office and since I had never been there before, I found this a great opportunity to try some of their food.
The place is called Assaggio and it is located right in the centre of Amsterdam. Having had a quick look at their elaborate panini menu, I decided to go with their panini diavolo: a fresh ciabatta topped with spicy salami sausage (I don’t know what kind), parmesan cheese and rucola. The bread tasted really fresh as it was still crispy and not tough to chew. The spicy salami sausage was excellent, it was way more spicy than what is often called “spicy” in the Netherlands, and the parmesan was evenly great. The only downside was that they did not have rucola anymore (which was strange since I ordered my bun in the morning), so I got lettuce instead. And well, rucola just tastes better on a bun like this. But… since this tasted really good overall, I will definitely give them a second chance.
Walking outside in the warm nights of Indonesia is always fantastic. Especially when you are searching for a place to eat. So, stumbling outside of the boulevard of Pangandaran, there it was. A restaurant called Mungil, just beside the sea. I saw the sign of the restaurant and then I knew it: this is where I wanted to eat. Not because it said that they had cool beer, not because the sign said that they had juices, not even because they said that they had Indonesian seafood (that was one of the main reasons though), but because it said that they had “kind of…” all sorts of things! And especially the “kind of seafood”. What in the world is “kind of seafood”?!
After ordering some drinks, soon the food was served. Sate (skewered meat), perkedel (flat round patties made of potatoes, vegetables and meat) and a dish with prawns all served with nasi (white rice) topped with bawang goreng (fried shallots). Although the prawn dish was quite salty, I cannot say it didn’t taste nice. With the nice food, good company and the sound of the sea in the background, it definitely was a successful night.
Sometimes in between lectures, I need to have a quick snack. And when you are in Amsterdam, you have loads of choices for a quick bite. The other day I went to Toko Joyce, a toko (shop) in the centre of Amsterdam. Their frekedel djagung is described on their menu as a “spicy, vegetarian corn fritter”. After ordering it, they put it in the microwave to heat it up. After it is burning hot, you can take it with you to sit outside near a canal or sit in the toko. I cannot recall if the fritter itself was spicy, because I took every bite with the delicious sambal manis (sweet sambal) with it!
Why oh why would anybody ever eat spaghetti in a McDonalds, let alone in Indonesia where good food is waiting for you at every corner? Well, because I am always curious with food. And since it was really cheap, what could go wrong? To be honest though, I wouldn’t recommend this spaghetti to anybody. At least not if you are expecting something that does not taste like prefabricated spaghetti with a tiny bit of sauce on top. But if that is what you expect, and if you don’t have more than fifty euro cents to spend, this is your thing. Otherwise, don’t take the spaghetti and just stick with the French fries. Or if you are in Indonesia, get some sate kambing.
One of the things I tend to do, wherever I am on vacation, is pop into a McDonalds and see what kind of things they have on the menu. Per country the menu differs slightly and Indonesia was not an exception. What was the thing that caught my eye? Chicken McD a.k.a. fried chicken! I had to have some and of course I had. It tasted just as you would expect: tasty, crispy and slightly unhealthy. The best part about McDonalds in Indonesia is that they offer unlimited sambal so you could dip your chicken in it endlessly.
Just looking at the picture above makes me hungry again! These friet (fries) are the best in Amsterdam. At least, the best I have tasted so far.
Not long ago R-s and I walked through Amsterdam looking for some fries. We walked to a shop that we wanted to try earlier, but once again it was closed. So we strolled on through the beautiful city of Amsterdam until the smell of freshly fried fries came into our noses. At the Frietsteeg, every day they chop up some fresh potatoes and fry them to perfect crunchiness. With that you have to choice of twenty-two (!) different sauces. The one you see above is samoerai sauce: a combination of mayonnaise and sambal. With or without a huge amount of sauce, these fries are incredibly delicious!
I am not that much of a sweet tooth, but recently I ate this small apple crumble pie and to be honest, it was good! I can’t remember where it was bought, but it was from a bakery.