One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A meal of Southeast Asian food consisting of a selection of spiced rice dishes.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Many restaurants feature rijsttafel, the Dutch word for ‘rice table.’’
- ‘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.’
Dutch, from rijst ‘rice’ + tafel ‘table’.
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