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A taste of Java in a faraway land

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 29 2010   /  10:32 am

Angelic Caroline Alihusain del Castilho, the Republic of Suriname’s ambassador to Indonesia promoted her country during a recent cultural event, saying that Javanese culture had influenced her country in many ways.

“When you come to Suriname, the first influence you will see is Javanese food or any other ethnic foods mixed into every menu,” del Castilho said, adding that the country had every Javanese dish from pecel, a dish with peanut sauce seasoning, to soto, curry soup.

She said that in almost every area of Suriname, there are Javanese food stalls that locals call warung, the same of its kinds found here in Indonesia.

Besides this cultural influence, in politics, the Javanese in Suriname made their move very early after the country gained independence and can today be found in almost every sector in the Suriname government.

Suriname is a country in...