Since I first lived in the Netherlands back in the early 80´s, I´ve been a great lover of Dutch and Indonesian foods. The Dutch have some pretty amazing “fast food” too. One of my favourites is frikandel speciaal, which consists of a deliciously tasty sausage, smothered with mayonnaise , spicy ketchup and chopped onions. I think they are best served met frites, or with fries (by the way, I never came across frikandel stir fry when living there!).
Imagine my surprise when, whilst food shopping at the deli of a well-known (discount) German supermarket, I came across a pack of “frikandel”, nestled amongst the hams. It wasn´t the same shape, consistency or flavour as the famed Dutch variety, but was certainly interesting and tasty in its own right. Since then, we occasionally use a pack for a quick, delicious meal.
With this in mind, a few weeks ago I tried out an inaugral stir fry using frikandellen, and have included the recipe here.
Ingredients (serves 2)
- Groundnut/sesame oil or similar
- Half a pack of frikandellen, sliced in half (to make them thinner) then cut into thin strips
- A large spring onion (or a few small ones), chopped
- Half a red pepper, chopped
- Half a tin of sweetcorn, drained (or green beans or similar)
- 2 portions of noodles
- A few good glugs of soy sauce
- Heat some oil in a wok.
- Stir in the frikandellen and fry until it starts to go brown and set aside.
- Halve and slice the onion and chop the pepper, slice the mushrooms, add them all to the pan and fry for five minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook two portions of noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes.
- Drain the noodles and add to the pan. Add the sweetcorn, a good glug of soy sauce and return the frikandellen to the pan. Give it all a good stir and fry for a further couple of minutes.
- Serve, with additional soy sauce if required.
I hope you enjoy this frikandel stir fry dish. Until the next time.
If you enjoy exploring non-traditional flavours, you could also try my creamy smoked salmon pasta recipe. I hope you enjoy it.