When it is lunchtime and you’re on your way to the Gaasperplas or the public tennis courts at Kraaiennest, for example, make sure you make a stop at Toko Kai Hing. This is one of the places where you can get the best Surinamese sandwiches.
Where Dutch people usually have boring bread with cheese, ham or peanut butter, the Surinam version of a sandwich is way better. Instead of one or two slices of bread, they use a bread roll called a pistolet and on that, you can get whatever you like that is on display. From crispy pork belly to Kerry shrimp and from Surinam beef stew to bakkeljauw (dried codfish).
And Toko Kai Hing has some of the most extensive selections of dishes you can put on the sandwich. They will also ask you if you would like ‘peper en zuur’, pepper and sour. Which if you do will result in some sambal, a red pepper sauce, being smeared on your sandwich for which a little goes a long way. And the sour are some slices of pickled cucumber which is a nice way to counter the heath and spiciness.
Grab a cold drink with your sandwich, some banana crisps and you are good to go!