The Sambal Man Rotterdam

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The Sambal Man – Homemade spicy salsas on the go

Every large city has its fair share of ‘extra ordinary’ people. Well, at least I think so as I spot these people who stand out because for not having changed their style/looks in decades like this Keith Richards look-a-like we have here in Rotterdam.

One person I noticed years ago is this elderly man who always cycled around town with a carrier attached to his bike. One day he cycled over a bump and all his jars went flying into the air and most of them broke. I tried to lend a helping hand in rescuing, what turned out to be, his merchandise.

Meet the “Sambal Man” or Dr. Mau(rice), he has been making ‘sambals’ for some time at home and bringing them personally to you! That is, he cycles around town and stops at all the cafés and terraces he passes to sell his sambal. So, you pretty much will bump into him or will see him riding by every Friday and Saturday which is now by moped.

Museum Rotterdam has a section about ‘Real Rotterdams Heritage‘ which represents Rotterdammers like him.

Sambal is the Indonesian or Malaysian word for spicy or hot sauces devised out of several ingredients mixed together, which you can add to your dishes for extra flavouring or just eat it with your dish. And there are several types of sambal.

Ask Maurice what he has on offer and get yourself a jar of shrimps badjak or pink hot sauce or spicy piccalilly or…

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Throughout the city, Rotterdam

Opening Times

Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00


Jar of sambal: € 5

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)