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Dutch-Indonesian Food: A Culinary Colonial Legacy

At Global Reach Confections, located in the vibrant community of Airdrie, Canada, we are more than just a supplier of Dutch and Indonesian food products. We are storytellers, curators of a rich gastronomic heritage that intertwines the Netherlands and Indonesia, brought directly to Canadian shores. Our mission is to not only supply Canadian stores with high-quality Dutch and Indonesian foods but also to share the deep historical roots and cultural significance behind these culinary traditions.

The Dutch-Indonesian Culinary Connection

The Dutch-Indonesian food history is a tale of cultural exchange, spanning centuries. It began in the early 1600s when the Dutch East India Company set sail to the Indonesian archipelago, marking the start of over 350 years of Dutch presence in Indonesia. This prolonged contact led to an intricate blend of culinary practices, ingredients, and flavors, giving birth to a unique fusion cuisine that resonates with both comfort and exoticism.

Indonesian cuisine, known for its vibrant spices, rich flavors, and diverse dishes, was gradually infused with Dutch influences, leading to the creation of entirely new recipes that combined European techniques with Indonesian ingredients. Conversely, Dutch cuisine was enriched with Indonesian spices and cooking methods, introducing the Netherlands to a world of flavor beyond its traditional fare.


The Role of Global Reach Confections

At Global Reach Confections, we are passionate about bringing this blend of Dutch and Indonesian flavors to Canadians from coast to coast. Our selection of products is a testament to the fusion of these two cuisines, offering everything from traditional Indonesian spices and condiments to Dutch cheeses and stroopwafels. We believe in the power of food to tell stories and connect cultures, and through our extensive range, we aim to do just that.


A Taste of Heritage

Our product lineup is carefully curated to represent the best of Dutch and Indonesian fusion cuisine. We offer a variety of Indonesian spices, such as nutmeg and cloves, which were highly prized in Europe and played a significant role in the historical spice trade. These spices are the backbone of many Indonesian dishes, adding depth and warmth to stews, curries, and rice dishes.

On the Dutch side, we provide a selection of dairy products, baked goods, and sweets that showcase the Netherlands’ expertise in cheese-making and pastry. Items like Gouda cheese and stroopwafels are not just popular Dutch exports; they also reflect the country’s culinary traditions and ingenuity.


Bridging Cultures Through Food

Global Reach Confections is dedicated to bridging cultural gaps through food. We believe that by introducing Canadian consumers to the rich history and flavors of Dutch-Indonesian cuisine, we can foster a greater appreciation for cultural diversity and culinary innovation. Our products are more than just ingredients or snacks; they are invitations to explore new culinary landscapes and to appreciate the complex history behind them.


For Canadian Retailers

Canadian grocers and food stores play a crucial role in this cultural exchange. By stocking Dutch and Indonesian food products, you offer your customers a gateway to a world of flavor and history. Global Reach Confections is here to support you in this journey, providing not just high-quality products but also insights into the cultural significance and stories behind them.

Our extensive online store is designed to make it easy for you to explore and order from our thousands of Dutch and Indonesian food products. With detailed descriptions and suggestions for use, we aim to be more than just suppliers; we are your partners in bringing a unique culinary experience to your shelves.


Join Us in Celebrating Culinary Diversity

We invite Canadian grocers and food stores to join us in celebrating the rich culinary diversity that Dutch and Indonesian fusion cuisine offers. By partnering with Global Reach Confections, you are not just expanding your product range; you are also embracing a story of cultural exchange, history, and the universal language of food.


Want to sell more? Put Dutch food in your store!

Explore our website today and discover the extensive range of Dutch and Indonesian food products available at Global Reach Confections. Together, we can bring the fusion of flavors and the richness of Dutch-Indonesian culinary heritage to Canadian tables.

Below some of the historical Dutch-Indonesian dishes:

Spekkoek

Also called Kue lapis legit, this dessert is a spice-infused Indonesian layer cake and a Dutch-Indonesian creation. Some think this delicious dessert is connected with the famous speculaas cookies and has a taste and aroma similar to it! You can expect hints of clove, ginger, star anise and cinnamon in this 18-layered cake! Spekkoek can be quite labour-intensive in its preparation, but its delicious taste is worth it for the many who love this treat! Spekkoek gets served in Indonesia during holidays like natallebaran and imlek. It is served and given as gifts at local celebrations like birthday parties and weddings. In the Netherlands, the cake is available in many grocery stores, bakeries and (Tokos) Asian markets. It has also become very famous in the city of Hadhramaut.

Kroket

The Indonesian kroket is the nation’s take on a Dutch snack, more popularly known as potato croquettes. A well-seasoned mashed potato dough gets stuffed with a spiced minced meat mixture and coated in breadcrumbs before frying. The Dutch sometimes put the kroket as a sandwich filling, whereas in Indonesia it is eaten as it is with a spicy sauce.

Klappertaart

Klappertaart is another Dutch-inspired sweet treat! This Indonesian cake originates from Manado in North Sulawesi. In Dutch, Klappertaart means “coconut tart” or “coconut cake”. It is prepared from flour, butter, sugar, milk, coconut water, shredded coconut, raisins, and cinnamon. The cake mixture gets topped off with meringue and baked. You can request for similar treats while staying at serviced accommodation & hotels offered by brands such as Discover ASR!

Hagelslag

Chocolate sprinkles and toast are not your usual breakfast bread. But it is so in the Netherlands, and the Indonesians are one bunch who have a similar love for hagelslag for their breakfast. Indonesians love to use chocolate sprinkles on their bread and snacks like martabak. Indonesians tend to top it off with condensed milk for an even sweeter treat. This love for sprinkles is a clear culinary legacy left behind by the Dutch.

Ontbijtkoek

Also called honey cake by the Dutch, Ontbijtkoek is a classic Dutch-Indonesian bakery item that is ideal for breakfast. The cake uses rye instead of wheat flour, along with honey, brown sugar and spices like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. It’s sweet and aromatic and a common breakfast food in Indonesia, which they call breakfast cake! It is best eaten paired with a morning cup of coffee or tea.

Selat Solo

One of the most popular Dutch-Indonesian food hybrids is Selat solo. It includes potato wedges, vegetables, and meat slathered in a unique sauce made from Indonesian herbs and spices. It is among the most popular foods in Java, although Indonesians believe that the sauce comes from a Dutch recipe due to its thick gravy-like texture. Selat means Salada or salad, and plenty of fresh veggies are eaten alongside the meat and potatoes. Selat Solo is popular in multiple Indonesian provinces and is even served at weddings and parties.


Ayam

Ayam or ajam is the Indonesian word for chicken. It is common in soups, grilled on skewers and braised in sauces among many other recipes. Saoto ayam is one of my favourite soups. Have you tried it? You can find delicious saoto ayam at Spang Makandra and ‘t Saoto Huisje in Amsterdam.

Bami

are thin egg noodles commonly served stir-fried (called bami goreng) with garlic, onion, meats, vegetables, egg, and chili. This dish came to Indonesia through the Chinese, based on their chow mein. Bami goreng often comes as a main dish or with meats and vegetables.

Gado-gado

is a popular Indonesian vegetable dish that comes with bumbu kacang or peanut sauce. Ingredients in the salad can include cooked vegetables and potatoes, raw cucumber and lettuce, fried tofu or tempeh, and peeled and sliced hardboiled egg.

Loempia

These spring rolls are made of rice paper and are usually filled with vegetables, meat, and noodles, then deep-fried. They often come with a sweet and sour chili sauce.

Nasi

Nasi means rice. It commonly comes in the form of nasi goreng which is rice that has been stir-fried with onion, garlic, ketjap manis, tamarind, and chili. Nasi goreng is the national dish of Indonesia. Enjoy it on its own or as an accompaniment to many foods.

Sambal

Sambal is a spicy ground chili sauce that commonly comes as a condiment or used in cooking Indonesian food. Yum!

Saté

Satay is an Indonesian dish of meat marinated in spices then skewered on sticks and grilled over a flame. The meat often goes with a spiced peanut sauce, which the Dutch also call saté or satésaus.


Satésaus

Peanuts came to Indonesia from Mexico through Spanish and Portuguese traders in the 16th century. They became a staple in the diet throughout southeast Asia. Peanuts are common in many Indonesian dishes, and satésaus features them as the starring ingredient. This sauce is a perfect savory balance of slightly sweet as well as slightly spicy.

Canadian Retailers: want to sell more? Put Dutch food in your store!
Canadian grocers and food stores play a crucial role in this cultural exchange. By stocking Dutch and Indonesian food products, you offer your customers a gateway to a world of flavor and history. Global Reach Confections is here to support you in this journey, providing not just high-quality products but also insights into the cultural significance and stories behind them.

Our extensive Dutch and Indonesian foods online store is designed to make it easy for you to explore and order from our thousands of Dutch and Indonesian food products. With detailed descriptions and suggestions for use, we aim to be more than just suppliers; we are your partners in bringing a unique culinary experience to your shelves.