an Indonesian meal consisting of rice served with a large array of small dishes of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, and condiments.
Also, rijstafel.

1885–90; < Dutch, equivalent to rijst rice + tafel table

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rijsttafel (ˈraɪsˌtɑːfəl)
an Indonesian food consisting of a selection of rice dishes to which are added small pieces of a variety of other foods, such as meat, fish, fruit, pickles, and curry
[from Dutch rijst rice + tafel table]

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(Dutch: "rice table"), an elaborate meal of Indonesian dishes developed during the Dutch colonial era. Because of its political overtones, the rijsttafel is seldom served today in Indonesia, but it is popular in The Netherlands and at both Dutch and Indonesian restaurants abroad.

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