American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A traditional Indonesian meal in which a wide variety of foods and sauces are served with rice.
- From Dutch rijsttafel ("rice table"). (Wiktionary)
- Dutch : rijst, rice (from Middle Dutch rijs, from Old French ris; see rice) + Dutch tafel, table (from Middle Dutch tafele, from Vulgar Latin *tavola, from Latin tabula, tablet, board). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“DH and I shared a Vegetarian Rice Table, or rijsttafel often misspelled rijstaffel, a Dutch word that literally translates to "rice table", and is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch from the Indonesian feast called nasi padang:”
“As a long time resident of Jakarta, I can vouch for the fact that “rijsttafel” is an unknown term in Indonesia cusine with the exception of high-end, tourist-oriented restaurants.”
“But for a meal you simply cannot get in New York at least at this level of quality, the rijsttafel at Tempo Doeloe is the thing.”
“The cafes, the beers, the museums and, yes, the rijsttafel we had at a second-floor restaurant blew us away.”
“From left: The restaurant Tempo Doeloe — “the old days” — in Amsterdam, and rijsttafel, small dishes that are served alongside rice, pickled vegetables and beer.”
“Dame Beatrice finished the last morsels of a delicious rijsttafel.”
“It really is almost worth flying to Amsterdam for rijsttafel.”
“Invite them to join you for, say, a rijsttafel dinner in the Netherlands, a smorgasbord in Scandinavia, a paella feast in Spain, or a spaghetti feed in an Italian trattoria.”
“Try an Indonesian rijsttafel rice table in Amsterdam, souvlaki in Greece, a smorgasbord in Sweden, goulash in Hungary, fish 'n' chips in Britain, brats in Bavaria, and mussels in Brussels.”
“I am always keen to have at least one Indonesian meal, while in the Netherlands - I have always liked is rijsttafel, a meal for one that which comes with an array of different Asian specialties served in a delicate little bowls around a plate of rice.”
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