Thanks to its colonialist history, Surinamese cuisine is quite common in Amsterdam (the history of colonialism is pretty horrifying, but at the very least some good food came out of it.  So… glass half full?).

Pom Sandwich from Tokoman in Amsterdam, Netherlands

I’d heard good things about the pom sandwich at Tokoman — pom is basically a mash consisting of a sweet potato-esque root vegetable called arrowleaf elephant ear root, with pieces of chicken mixed in along with some spices.

It’s basically a mush sandwich, but it’s surprisingly good.  It’s sweet, with the unique spices adding some complexity, and the chicken adding substance.   The very fresh baguette was absolutely perfect, with the delicately crispy exterior adding a nice contrast to the soft filling.

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