Definition of rijsttafel in English:



mass noun
  • A meal of SE Asian food consisting of a selection of spiced rice dishes.

    ‘you will discover Indonesian specialities, including rijsttafel, at many restaurants’
    • ‘The city's colonial past means most world cuisines are represented, from French haute cuisine to Indonesian rijsttafel.’
    • ‘Try the rijsttafel (rice table) - small plates of spicy meat, fish or vegetables served with rice - which is tasty and great value.’
    • ‘Others haltingly recalled dishes like rijsttafel, a mélange of recipes pilfered from colonial Indonesia, and uitsmijter, which is essentially eggs and ham smothered in cheese.’
    • ‘Many restaurants feature rijsttafel, the Dutch word for ‘rice table.’’


Dutch, from rijst ‘rice’ + tafel ‘table’.