Menu: Suriname


Don’t be confused. Though this menu looks and feels quite Asian, these dishes represent Suriname as well as any other. We have everything from the traditional plantain fritters so beloved in South America, to Asian-inspired cabbage salad and even an addictive lemongrass slushie. Coconut milk is the common thread in the drink and the salad – the result being sweet for the drink, spicy for the salad dressing.

All recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Mixed Vegetable Salad with Coconut Dressing | Goedangan [Recipe]
Hello, spring! Enjoy this bright and fresh salad of cabbage, green beans, eggs, mung bean sprouts… all dressed up in a coconut yougurt dressing.

Battered Plantains with Peanut Sauce | Bakabana [Recipe]
Indulge in Surinamese comfort food: deep fried plantains. Serve ’em up with either powdered sugar or peanut sauce. (Vegan)

Lemongrass Dawet Slushie [Recipe]
You’ll be pretty in pink while you sip this lemongrass, coconut milk slushie (or mix things up and serve the mix on the rocks). (Vegan)

P.S.  Random Tidbit about Suriname: rumor has it, any adult under the age of 30 must have written permission from their parents to get married. What are your thoughts on this? Would that work for you and your lifestyle? Or would you rather be unhindered by the opinion of your elders when it comes to love?


  1. How interesting! Actually, in my religion (Baha’i Faith) anyone – no matter what age – has to have permission from their parents before marrying. The idea is that this helps promote family unity, since marriage is also about families joining together.

  2. Wanda says

    It’s a thought provoking question, no doubt, many
    Here would find that strange and restrictive. But
    It is necessary to take cultural customs in context.
    One might compare the percentages of divorces to the
    American custom of adult children making their
    Own independent decisions about marriage. On a side note,
    There’s a neat movie called Arranged that examines
    Two young women in New York that are dealing
    With marriage and getting engaged with parental
    Sasha, I love your work-it’s awesome

    • aunty eileen says

      Sasha: you must give your opinion to your question first 🙂 A quick thought I have. Being in love is one thing and then there is committing to marriage for the long-term along with bringing children into the world….

    • Sasha Martin says

      Thank you, Wanda. That would be very interesting about the divorce rates…I’m going to look up that movie!

  3. I married when I was 33:) I taught my husband few lines in Polish to ask my father via phone for permission to marry me. It was fun! I knew my father would say yes, so it was easy:)
    Anyway, this menu looks delicious. I can’t wait to try new ideas of using coconut. Yum!

    • Sasha Martin says

      Oh, how sweet… I love that. Lucky for him he didn’t accidentally say something else (so many languages have homonyms or even just slightly different inflections that can make another word) ha

  4. What I liked about your KeithAlan was that he ask me first for your hand in marriage…when I asked him what HIS parents thought about it, he said: “I have to get by you first” or something to that effect.. Brilliant…he knew without my blessing, he would be in rough terrain…would not have as firm a foundation….

  5. Kendra says

    What an interesting factoid! I guess it’s not really too different than the American tradition of a man asking a woman’s father for her hand in marriage, just a bit more formal. Also, most people under 30 who are getting married have at least some financial help from their parents, which presumes parental consent. I was 24 when I got married and I wouldn’t have done so without my parents’ permission, so this wouldn’t have been a problem. I wonder what couples in Suriname do if their parents are no longer living or a part of their lives . . . .

    • Sasha Martin says

      Yes, I wondered the same thing. I tried to look up more on this law, but couldn’t find much (which is why I called it a “rumor”)… anyway, it all stems from a place of good intentions, I think… how can it hurt to have a parent’s blessing? 🙂

  6. Maria Sol says

    I am so excited about this website, thank you Sasha. I was hunting for recipes from Suriname. We live in Fiji now and one of our friends is moving to Suriname. The foods of these two countries are very similar!! We will be throwing a good bye dinner or lunch and I am having everyone bring a dish from one of the countries they love or going to be moving too. We all travel every two to three years with our jobs or spouses.
    I will love trying out your Suriname dishes for her going away..Thanks again for this lovely website..Now off to follow you on FB.
    Vinaka vakalevu (Thank you very much) in Fijian.
    and in my native language , Muchas Gracias!
    Maria Sol

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