If like me you’ve no idea how to pronounce Riksttafel, let alone know what it means, a definition could be useful:
A Dutch-Indo word meaning rice-table. The Rijsttafel was a colonial feast to celebrate the best array of Indonesian food. Although mostly now served in the Netherlands, this elaborate banqueting enjoyed centuries of popularity in the Indonesian archipelego when it was occupied as the Dutch East Indies.
Rijsttafels are seen to represent many things, from the abundance of produce to the multi-ethnic diversity of this string of South East Asian islands. The dishes feature an array of flavours, colour and degrees of spiciness, as well as a range of textures: crispy, crunchy, chewy, slippery, soft, hard, velvety, gelatinous and liquid.
Well that all sounds pretty great then, and as luck would have it this tradition is coming to Manchester. The celebratory supper will feature more than 25 vegan and veggie dishes all the way from Balinese satay skewers through spicy & fragrant Jungle curry and finishing with fritters, sorbets and cakes for dessert.