Smashing Potatoes

favoFor most Amsterdam people going to Geuzenveld is like going abroad. Okay, it’s not exactly close to the action, but it’s not that far. Most certainly not considering the jackpot you’ll find at your destination: Toko Makassar, a takeaway established by the Chinese family Tjong in the beginning of the seventies. Take tram 13, enjoy the ride and get out at the last stop: Lambertus Zijlplein. Walk for 5 minutes and … attack. Get yourself some ‘brown sugar babes’ such as kue dadar, crêpes with a filling of grated coconut and gula djawa (brown palm sugar). Score a noodle dish for today’s diner and spicy mackerel for tomorrow’s lunch. Stock up on snacks: high quality, low prizes. Super special to me are the Dutch-Indonesian croquettes. They resemble the ones my Dutch-Indonesian father used to make. It took this former soldier quite some time to make these fried rolls of mashed potatoes with a minced meat-nutmeg-garlic-sellery filling. But they were definitely worth the wait. Makassar’s croquettes are worthwhile too: friendly spiced and made of a very smooth cream of fresh potatoes. Copy my father and eat them with the hottest chilli-based sauce you can handle.

Toko Makassar
Dutch-Indonesian croquettes, one, €1.20
Sam van Houtenstraat 35, New West (Geuzenveld)
+31 (0)20 613 06 34
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Thursday 1pm-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm