Tom Yum Soup

This soup is the epitome of Thai cooking. It's hot, sour, flavourful and refreshing at the same time.


Serves 2

1 sachet tom yum paste (available at good supermarkets. We like the one from On/Off Spices)
250g prawns
150g mushrooms
150g cherry tomatoes
50g bean sprouts
1 lime
250ml coconut milk
1 small bunch coriander
65g egg noodles
1 organic vegetable stock cube
1 tablespoon fish sauce, or more to taste
salt and pepper

Heat 1 litre water in a pot with the vegetable stock cube and add half or all of the sachet tom yum paste to the liquid (depending on how spicy you want the soup to be).

Finely slice the mushrooms, cut the cherry tomatoes in half and finely chop the coriander. Add the egg noodles to the simmeringstock. After they have cooked for 2 minutes, add the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute.

Add the tomatoes, bean sprouts, prawns and half the coconut milk to the soup. Add lime juice and fish sauce (about 1 tablespoon) to taste.

Divide the soup between 2 bowls and sprinkle with the coriander.


voor 2 personen

1 zakje tom yum pasta (verkrijgbaar bij de supermarkt. We gebruik die van On/Off Spices)
250g garnalen
150g champignons
150g cherrytomaatjes
50g tauge
1 limoen
250ml kokosmelk
1 bosje koriander
65g  eiermie
1 biologisch groenten bouillonblokje
1 eetlepel vissaus, of meer naar smaak
zout en peper

Verwarm 1 liter water met 1 groentenbouillonblokje en los de ½ tot het hele zakje van de tom yum pasta hier in op (afhankelijk hoe scherp je het wil hebben).

Snijd de paddenstoelen in schijfjes, de cherrytomaatjes in tweeen en hak de koriander en knoflook fijn. Voeg de mie en na 2 minuten de paddestoelen toe aan de bouillon, laat het daarna nog 1 minuut koken.

Voeg de tomaten, tauge, garnalen en de helft van de kokosmelk toe. Voeg limoensap en vissaus naar smaak toe aan de bouillon.

Verdeel de soep over 2 diepe borden of kommen en maak af met de koriander.

Thai Steamed Fish

A healthy and flavourful way of cooking fish. Steaming in a parcel retains all the flavours and freshness without the addition of extra fat.


Serves 2

2 haddock fillets of 150g each
10g minced ginger (about a 4 cm piece of fresh ginger)
1 garlic clove
1 red chilli
1 lime
3 baby bok choy
160g basmati rice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
olive oil, a drizzle

Preheat an oven to 180 °C. Finely chop the garlic and red chilli.

Tear 2 large pieces of aluminium foil. Grease each with a little olive oil and lay the fish fillets on top. Scatter with the ginger, garlic and chilli. Grate the lime zest. Sprinkle the lime zest and juice over the fish.

Cut the bok choy in quarters and lay around the fish. Pour the soya sauce over and seal the foil forming a loose package.

Bring a pan of water with some salt to the boil. Scatter in the basmati rice and cook for 8-10 minutes. Drain the rice and leave to stand, covered, to steam.

Transfer the foil packages to a baking tray and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Divide the rice between 2 plates. Remove the foil packages from the oven and open carefully. Lay the fish fillets on the rice, arrange the boy choy around and spoon the juices over.

Delicious served with crispy prawn chips.


voor 2 personen

2 schelvisfilets a 150 gr per stuk
10g gemberpuree (een stukje gember van 4 cm)
1 teen knoflook
1 rode chili peper
1 limoen
3 baby paksoi
160 g basmati rijst
2 eetlepels soja saus
olijfolie, een scheutje

Vewarm een oven voor op 180 ° Hak de knoflook en rode chili peper fijn.

Neem 2 grote stukken aluminiumfolie. Invetten met een beetje olijfolie en plaats de visfilets erop. Bestrooi de filets met de gember, knoflook en chilipeper. Rasp de schil van de limoen erover heen. Druppel limoensap erover heen.

Snijd de paksoi in vieren en leg het rond en op de filets. Giet de soja saus over de paksoi en vouw het aluminiumfolie losjes dicht.

Zet een pan water met wat zout op voor de rijst. Strooi basmati rijst in kokend water voor ongeveer 8 min. Giet de rijst af en laat afgedekt staan.

Zet de pakketjes op een bakplaat en vervolgens in de oven voor 15 -20 min.

Verdeel de rijst over twee borden. Haal de pakketjes uit de oven en maak voorzichtig open. Leg visfilets op de rijst, verdeel de paksoi over de borden en giet de heerlijke sappen erover heen.

Heel lekker geserveerd met kroepoek.

Thai Salad with Grilled Sausages

Sausages are great eaten in a bun as a hotdog or served with mash or lentils. This recipe is definitely a lot lighter and suits warm sunny days. The addition of chilli and sweetness make it a joy to eat.


serves 2

4 spicy sausages
1 lime
1 butter lettuce
1 small bunch basil
1 small bunch mint
5 spring onions
1 red chilli
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt and pepper
your favourite chilli sauce (optional, to serve on the side)

Heat a frying pan or grill pan on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sunflower oil to the pan and fry the sausages on all sides until golden brown, about 12 minutes. Finely grate the lime zest.

Make the dressing by mixing together the soft brown sugar, 1 tablespoon sunflower oil, sesame oil, fish sauce, zest and juice from the lime and ½ the red chilli which has been finely chopped.

Finely slice the spring onions and pick the mint, basil and butter lettuce leaves.

Mix the dressing through the salad and herbs. Divide between 2 plates and slice the sausages diagonally in thirds. Place them on top of the salad and serve. Optional: serve with chilli sauce on the side.


voor 2 personen

4 pittige worstjes
1 limoen
1 kropsla
1 klein bosje basilicum
1 klein bosje munt
5 bosuitjes
1 rode chilipeper
2 eetlepels zonnebloemolie
1 eetlepel bruine basterdsuiker
1 eetlepel vissaus
1 eetlepel sesamolie
zout en peper
je favorite chilisaus (eventueel om te serveren in een klein kommetje)

Verhit een koekenpan of grillpan op middelhoog vuur. Voeg 1 eetlepel zonnebloemolie toe en bak of grill de worstjes aan alle kanten goudbruin, ongeveer 10-12 minuten. Rasp de limoen.

Meng de suiker, 1 eetlepel zonnebloemolie, sesamolie, vissaus, rasp en sap van de limoen en ½ fijn gehakte chilipeper door elkaar.

Snijd de bosuitjes fijn, pluk de blaadjes van de munt, basilicum en kropsla.

Schep de dressing door de salade en kruiden. Verdeel de salade over 2 borden en snijd de worstjes schuin in drieën. Plaats ze bovenop de salade en besprenkel eventueel met chilisaus.

Guest Chef Competition Bilder & De Clercq

Over the past few weeks Bilder & de Clercq has been running a Guest Chef competition. Via social media, advertisements in Het Parool newspaper and via their website, they were calling on the citizens of Amsterdam to send in their best recipes.

We, together with Rogier, one of the founders of Bilder & de Clercq, were appointed as judges for the competition.

After being inundated with entries, we set to work creating a shortlist of our top recipes. We did so with certain criteria in mind:
- would we as Bilder & de Clercq customers buy the dish
- does the dish have a minimal number of ingredients
- would it come in on budget in line with all our Bilder & de Clercq dishes
- do we think it could be a delicious dish

After bringing the list down to 5 potential dishes, we selected 3 who would battle it out to be champion.

Fidan Tekinerdogan: Via her blog Fidalicious, Fidan creates exciting healthy vegan dishes. We chose her dish as it had a interesting way of utilising an ingredient which is very much in fashion at the moment and one that we have also used in a few of the recipes we have created for B&DC.

Kevin Corcoran: Kevin has recently entered the food world by being one of the creators of Nieuw Mosterd (available at Bilder & de Clercq stores). Together with his friends they are making mustard sexy again, with brilliant flavours and hip packaging. Kevin brought us an Asian-inspired dish which was easy, satisfying and full of flavour.

Doree den Hollander: Doree is passionate about all things food and that certainly comes across when talking to her. Through her blog Cato Cheftt, she cooks, creates recipes as writes food stories. Her dish used ingredients that we know work and that are also popular with B&DC customers. Doree is looking to make a career out of food and we're sure that it will happen soon.

This past Sunday, the finalists arrived, ingredients in hand, at the store on the Ceintuurbaan to battle it out and recreate their dishes for us. We say battle, but in fact it was a relaxed and really fun evening. What was interesting to see was how all 3 finalists differed in their approach to cooking. Fidan brought glamour and charm to the kitchen - we're still impressed how she created her dish in such high heels!

Doree was focused and meticulous, taking care that all her mise-en-place (preparation) was done before she started cooking. Kevin was relaxed and chilled, with all his prep done in the blink of an eye and being ever the gentleman, allowing the ladies to cook first.

Once all the dishes were completed, we sat down to do our tasting. We were so impressed with the standard of cooking and the flavours, knowing then that we had made the right selection. For that reason, it was decided that all 3 dishes will feature in the stores along with a photo of their creator.

However, as with every competition, we had to pick one overall winner. And that was Doree. We found that all the elements to her dish were cooked well and the flavours and seasoning were spot on.

You may have realised that we haven't mentioned what the contestants cooked. That's because we want that to be a surprise. All will be revealed in the coming weeks when we recreate their dishes for the recipes cards and posters. Stay tuned......