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A couple of months ago I spent a week in Amsterdam. The trip was mostly for work, but first I visited my friend Mandy who lives in Amstelveen.  Some friends from the UK joined us for the weekend and it was lovely.  A food-related highlight was dinner at Restaurant Blauw, an Indonesian restaurant near the western end of Vondelpark.

Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands serve something called rijsttafel, which means “rice table”.  It consists of lots of different dishes, to share, so that you get to try lots of things.  Restaurant Blauw offers vegan rijsttafel!  So of course I ordered it and it was delicious.  I’ve forgotten the details and I can’t find the menu online, but there was tofu, tempeh, yummy vegetables, sate sauce, salad, rice.  What I do remember is how much I enjoyed the meal. I wish Amsterdam wasn’t so far away from Sydney!


Soju Girl, Canberra

Soju Girl is an asian fusion restaurant and bar in Canberra. The idea is to order a selection of small and large plates, for sharing. They always have some vegan options, and much of the menu is gluten-free. I enjoyed eating here: the food is interesting, sometimes dramatic, and tasty. I can’t remember what this one was called, but it was like a jungle curry with tofu and basil. I look forward to visiting again on my next trip to our nation’s capital.

Mock duck at Zenhouse, Adelaide

I went to Adelaide for work recently and had dinner at Zenhouse Tea Corner. I ordered a mock duck dish, I can’t remember what it was called exactly, and it was very very yummy and very duck-like. It looked like pieces of duck, it had the texture of duck, it tasted like duck in hoisin sauce and it was delicious. (It also looked visually very appealing when it first came out, but I only thought to photograph it when I was halfway through demolishing it.)

It’s really amazing what vegan chefs can produce.