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Title: Dutch & Indonesian groceries, Portuguese egg tarts
Post by: momopi on May 26, 2022, 05:04:58 PM

If anyone is looking for Dutch sweets and sauces, Holland International Market in Bellflower carries a small selection of Dutch and Indonesian groceries:
https://www.yelp.com/biz/holland-international-market-bellflower-6

If you're looking for a selection of Portuguese style egg tarts (variety not sold at Paderia), try Portugal Imports in Artesia.  Please note that this shop is mainly a bakery and only has very limited selection of imported groceries:
https://www.yelp.com/biz/portugal-imports-artesia
Title: Re: Dutch & Indonesian groceries, Portuguese egg tarts
Post by: irvinehomeowner on May 26, 2022, 06:36:11 PM
Too bad it's beyond my Irvine/Central OC bubble. :)
Title: Re: Dutch & Indonesian groceries, Portuguese egg tarts
Post by: momopi on May 27, 2022, 10:54:32 AM
If you don't know what to buy there:

Chili sauce:  Use Sambal Oelek at start of cooking.  For milder taste, use Sambal Brandal toward end of cooking.

Mayonnaise:  Calve mayo > Remia mayo

Curry ketchup sauce:  Put on top of French fries with Mayo and add chopped raw onion (like costco hotdog).  VoilĂ !  Patatje Speciaal!  What the Dutch eat for animal style fries!

Peanut sauce:  Add Calve pindasaus (peanut sauce), mayo, chopped raw onion on top of fries.  VoilĂ !  Patatje Oorlog! (war fries)
https://gluttodigest.com/patatje-oorlog-dutch-war-fries-lead-taste-buds-to-victory/

Add peanut sauce to sambal oelek, viola!  Spicy peanut sauce for satay!

"Kitchen Syrup":  Zeeuwsche borein stroop (syrup) on bread, top with aged cheese of your choice.

Seasoning:  Shoarma seasoning on pork, served with Knoflook (garlic) sauce.
Title: Re: Dutch & Indonesian groceries, Portuguese egg tarts
Post by: Liar Loan on May 27, 2022, 10:56:59 AM
+1 for Holland International Market.  My in-laws go there all the time.
Title: Re: Dutch & Indonesian groceries, Portuguese egg tarts
Post by: momopi on May 31, 2022, 09:30:11 AM
For those who didn't grow up watching Huell Howser on KCET (https://www.kcet.org/shows/visiting-huell-howser) :D    A little bit of history on area that is now Cerritos/Norwalk/Bellflower/etc.:

https://www.kcet.org/shows/lost-la/milk-made-these-communities-of-southeast-l-a-county

Cerritos used to be known as "Dairy Valley", in 1956 it was home to 118 diaries with 80,000 cows.  The last diary processing plant in the area was located in Artesia by corner of Artesia & Pioneer and closed in 2020:

https://www.californiadairies.com/news/california-dairies-inc-announces-closure-its-artesia-manufacturing-facility

Many of the local dairies were operated by Dutch & Portuguese immigrants that came in 1920s-1950s.  By 1960s-1970s urbanization hit the area and the diary owners cashed out by building suburban homes and moving their dairy operation to San Bernardino county.  Back then a new house in Cerritos sold for ~$20,000 which was considered expensive.

Most of the Dutch themed stores (Dutch Village, Artesia Bakery, Dutch Dry Cleaners, etc.) are gone now, but we still have 2 Dutch grocery stores in Bellflower and the private school established by Dutch immigrants is still operating:

https://www.vcschools.org/

Driving around the area, you can also find old drive-through style dairy stores that used to sell products from the farm here.

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