rijst·​ta·​fel ˈrīs-ˌtä-fəl How to pronounce rijsttafel (audio)
: an Indonesian meal consisting of rice and a variety of accompanying dishes (such as meat, seafood, and vegetables)

Examples of rijsttafel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Wongso, rijsttafel culture is one of the reasons many traditional Indonesian dishes grew popular outside of Asia. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 27 Nov. 2022 De Quay’s once-a-month rijsttafel menu (three courses, $43) will be served for the last time on July 16. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, 22 June 2018 In addition to rooms that overlook the ocean or rice paddies, there’s an excellent restaurant (order the rijsttafel, a sampling of Indonesian dishes), a spa and a new cocktail lounge reminiscent of an opium den. John Wogan, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2016

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Word History


Dutch, from rijst rice + tafel table

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rijsttafel was in 1889

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“Rijsttafel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rijsttafel. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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