Come join us on the very first and exclusive Indo Food Tour of the Netherlands! Together with six other adventurous foodies, you will join Nathalie Komar (@komareats) and Helena Smit (@eating_habits_NL) and visit the most delicious Indo food spots in The Hague.
The Hague and Indo food
Why are there more Indo food restaurants, tokos (Indonesian for shops) and other eateries in The Hague than in any other big city in the Netherlands? The answer mainly has to do with history, that is, the history of the Netherlands, the former Dutch East Indies and that of present-day Indonesia.
If you want to know the whole story, you can either go to Google or; you can join the very first Indo Food Tour in the Netherlands, located in The Hague. Because learning about history and culture is a lot more fun while nibbling on delicious treats!
Interested? Book a space now for €60,- pp! (Pilot price)
What is Indo food?
Indo food is the collective name for food that is linked to the former Dutch East Indies and present-day Indonesia.
There are dozens of recipes for every single Indonesian and Chinese-Indonesian dish, and in general, they are all equally delicious (although tastes differ of course).
Learn more about Indo food, taste ‘something different’ and join us on the Indo Food tour in The Hague!
What we’re going to eat will remain a surprise until the start of the food tour.
The very first Indo Food Tour in the Netherlands
During this very first Indo food tour in the Netherlands, you will visit various eateries in The Hague. You will taste different dishes and delicacies from the Chinese-Indonesian and Indonesian cuisine and food dishes influenced by the former Dutch East Indies.
You will hear more about the stories behind the food and about Indonesian culture in general. You will also get to know the entrepreneurs behind these eateries.
And above all, we promise you a delightful afternoon with all kinds of delicious Indo food!
Unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 measures, we can only take a limited number of people with us. We have to see the positive side of it where we can, and so in that spirit, we will make this Indo food tour an exclusive one, for now.
Our food tour has space for a maximum of six people, and together with the tour guides, we’ll be a small group of eight.
This way, we can keep the Covid-19 measures in place, including the 1.5-meter distance rule.
So, sign up quickly if you don’t want to miss out!
Read more about our general terms and conditions and Covid-19 protocol (Dutch).
Who are we?
Nathalie Komar and Helena Smit met through Instagram and connected because of their mutual love for Asian food. And especially Indo food. After we met each other in ‘real-life’ at the biggest Indonesian and Asian festival in Europe, the Tong Tong Fair in The Hague, the first mini-Indo food tour was established, and the next one followed soon after. We can comfortably say now that we have become real experts in the The Hague Indo food scene.
Because of the wide choice and variety of Indo food eateries, we want to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the best Indo food that The Hague has to offer. That is the very reason why we are organising this Indo food tour!
Here is a little personal introduction from us:
Because of my Indonesian mother, I came into contact with Indonesian food at an early age. I have also travelled to Indonesia many times, especially to Palembang in Sumatra, where my family lives.
In the past few years, I’ve been doing a lot of research on Indo food. And because it’s such a broad topic in terms of types of dishes and background stories, I still have lots to learn. Fortunately, learning about Indo food never gets dull.
In my Chinese-Indonesian family, food is always at the heart of every get-together and every conversation. My parents are from Bandung and are of Chinese origin. I spent my childhood in Singapore, and that’s where my love for food started. Indo food to me is 'family food' because dishes such as lemper, sayur asem and sate ayam are dishes that bring me back to my childhood.
With my food blog, I highlight the best Asian dishes I can find in the Netherlands and during my travels. But at the end of the day, wherever I am in the world, Indo food will always have a special place in my heart.
What is included in the Indo Food Tour?
• A total of four food stops in and around the The Hague city centre;
• Several sweet and savoury specialities from the Chinese-Indonesian/Indonesian cuisine;
• Background stories and information about the dishes;
• Meet the various owners and chefs of the eateries;
• And most importantly, a lot of fun!
What do you have to bring with to the food tour?
• A good mood;
• A healthy appetite;
• Loose-fitting clothes, possibly rainwear and comfortable footwear;
• An open mindset to new flavours and dishes that may not be standard for you;
• A bicycle*.
*Tour by bicycle
Because we don't want to waste too much time, we will travel around by bike. As we want to give participants the flexibility to hang around at the end of the programme, it’s best to arrange a bike yourself or bring your own.
If you need to rent a bike, the cheapest option is to rent it for € 3.85 at the public transport point of Den Haag Central Station. It allows you to use it for 24 hours. However, you do need an OV-chipkaart with a free ‘OV-fiets’ subscription. Check the NS website for more information.
Date: Saturday 29 August 2020 - now fully booked!
Date: Saturday 12 September 2020 - 5 spots left!
Time: 11.45 - 17.00 (collect from 11.30, after 17.00 the possibility to 'stick')
Starting point: The Hague Central Station, outside at bicycle shed (Kon. Julianaplein 10, 2595 AA The Hague)
Language: Dutch (Helena) and potentially English (Nathalie)
Costs: €60,- pp
What are we going to eat during the Indo food tour?
Indo food! And that's all we can say about it. Because what we're going to eat exactly is a surprise for the participants.
How can I pay?
Your payment in the web shop goes through Mollie. Here you can choose from Ideal (Netherlands), Bancontact (Belgium) or bank transfer (Netherlands/Belgium).
Until when can I register for the Indo food tour?
For as long as there is space and the date hasn't expired yet.
What if I can’t make it on the date? Will the Indo food tour be planned on other dates?
The Indo food tour planned on Saturday 29 August will be the very first Indo food tour in the Netherlands. Therefore, we’re introducing it as a pilot, and we’ll be gauging how people will respond to it. But if the Indo food spirit is there, this will certainly not be the last Indo food tour!
I am Indo/Indonesian and have a good knowledge of Indo food. Is this food tour suitable for me?
That depends on what you want to get out of it. If you wish to have a lovely afternoon eating Indo food and hear some interesting facts in between, then this Indo food tour is for you as well. Besides some of the more popular Indo food, we will also taste some of the less-known dishes and delicacies.
Can I join if I have allergies?
Since we are going to eat specific dishes and will not deviate from this, we advise you not to join this food tour if you have food allergies.
Can I join if I'm pregnant?
Lucky you! The food offered during this Indo food tour is suitable for pregnant women. There shouldn’t be any ingredients that are raw or shouldn’t be uncooked or foods that are not recommended during pregnancies. So, you can join.
Please note that you have to cycle quite a bit. So physically you’ll need to be able to keep up with the group in a safe way. 😉
Can I join if I’m vegetarian?
Most of the food that you're going to eat is vegetarian, but not all of it. Since we're going to eat specific dishes and won't deviate from this, that would mean you can't eat along with everything. The choice is yours. 😉
Can I join if I'm vegan?
This food tour is not vegan and unfortunately, we can't take that into account during the food tour.
Can I join if I only eat halal?
This food tour is not halal and unfortunately, we can’t take that into account during this Indo food tour.