Surinamen – Chinese Food From the Turkish Market in Beverwijk Holland

It was with much anticipation and enthusiasm that I visited the Turkish Market in Holland. (The Netherlands) For a very long time there has been a large Turkish population in the Netherlands. The families migrated in about the 1960s – 70s because there were plenty of jobs that the Dutch people didn’t want to do and needed doing.  Along with the people migration came their food culture, which is a rich and diverse.   For centuries the country of Turkey was the crossroad between the western and eastern cultures. There the spice market – the souk – is a large and thriving enterprise.  In Beverwijk, a transplanted spice market looks very much like one in Turkey, but on a smaller scale.

Spices in the Turkish Market of Beverwijk Holland

Sabina led the tour of the market that is spread out in several large covered buildings. (I am hungry just looking at the photos again.  Inside the market is a modest “ Food Court” that offers customers authentic tastes of the world.

We made our way to this area quickly and my eyes lighted on this fun stall of Surinamen Chinese Food.  As you can see there were so many choices. So little time.

Surinamen - Chinese Food Stall

We were attracted to the delicious smells and the quality of the food.  My eyes fell on a pasties of chicken and vegetables while Sabina choose Barra. Barra is like a sort of fry bread with onions and spices.  We asked about the spices, but the cook, Mama Lu was evasive about them. (Like all good cooks she wasn’t about to give away her trade secrets.)


Chicken Vegetable Pasties

The pasties’ dough was light without any heavy, fatty taste, which I really liked.  The Barra was filled with subtle spices and small pieces of onion.  Both were excellent and I wanted to try more!  But I knew there was even more food ahead, so I tried to start small. (Sigh.)

I asked Mama Lu if I could take her picture. I explained that I wrote about food. She didn’t mind.  Mama Lu taking a well deserved break.

Mama Lu

Thus began my eating adventures in Holland.  There are more stories to come, but I am so hungry now – “must have food.”

Officially the Republic of Suriname, is a country in northern South America. At just under 165,000 km2 (64,000 sq mi) Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in South America. It has an estimated population of approximately 490,000, most of whom live on the country’s north coast, where the capital Paramaribo is located. Retrieved July 16, 2011

About kunstkitchen

Visual artist and writer hunting words, languages, visions, and insight in my kitchen - connecting Art (Kunst) and culture and slow food cooking. Credits: Do not own a microwave oven and never have. Do not own a food processor. Chopped veggies in a Zen monastery for a weekend. (Seriously) Classically trained artist. Paint and draw with traditional materials. Live in the Northland where it's six months of winter. Appreciate the little things in life. Sharing food and art experiences and the lessons that my talented and generous friends have given me.
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