The culinary mix of East and West is a vital part of the Dutch cuisine. As a matter of fact, Indonesian-Dutch or Indo-Dutch cuisine is one of the oldest fusion cuisines of the world.
Portobello Mushrooms with a Twist
Indonesian flavors like ginger, lemongras, coconut and chili are combined with local Dutch ingredients like portobello mushrooms, cabbage, meat, fish and poultry. All sorts of sambals, the unique spice pastes of Indonesia, complete the fusion dishes.
Sambals are available in different flavors. Sambal Olek is the most popular one. It tastes pure and spicy and is made of fresh raw chilis, salt and vinegar only. Cooked and more elaborated sambals include Sambal Badjak or Sambal Kemiri. In the Netherlands sambals are very popular and available in the grocery store.
Healthy Vegetarian Snack
The portobello mushrooms Indonesian style makes a wonderful side dish and can be combined with poultry and meat likewise. It is also a healthy vegetarian snack.
This recipe was one of my entries for the huge database of world recipes at the Milano World Exhibition 2015.