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Fish and Chips, Surinam Style

January 30, 2005

Telo is my favourite dish from Surinam. Delicious shredded salt cod piled upon deep fried casava with Madame Jeanette salsa fresca dumped in the corner of a plastic container. A completely inadequate coloured fork features prominently in the visual but serves no other purpose.

Typically I drink the only softdrink that I like, young coconut drink, flecks of coconut flesh floating around in the can and clogging up the straw. In my opinion the best telo in the Netherlands can be found at Cong’s Corner in Rotterdam and every single time that I go to Rotterdam I look forward to eating at this completely unglamourous snackbar on the corner of one of the most museum-filled street on Earth. I’m here for the Rirkriit Tiravanija retrospective at the Boijmans van Beuningen where I also enjoyed the Anri Sala films. My friends Quirine Racké and Helena Muskens’ film Celebration is in premier at the Lantaren Venster.

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  1. Looks and sounds very tasty. Had a tasty dinner myself tonight. Cooked pasta without pasta, used broccoli instead. Not bad, you should give it a try!

    Comment by Kristi van Riet — January 31, 2005 @ 23:59

  2. One of my favourite meals is a head of warm steamed brocolli, still crunchy raw but warm, lemon juice drizzled upon it. And nothing else but that. Heaven.

    Comment by debra — February 1, 2005 @ 12:43

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