Katfé, the first Cat Café in Utrecht will open soon!

Cat lovers around the world listen up! After the success in Amsterdam and other cities around the world, Utrecht is finally coming with a “Cat Café” named Katfé.

After a crowdfunding process and help from 65 volunteers around the neighbourhood, they have finally managed to find the right location and the construction has started. Katfé will be located where the old Wibra store used to be, in the Amsterdamsestraatweg in Utrecht.

Cuddling with Cats
Katfé is going to be a place where you can enjoy a coffee or a small bite while you can cuddle with several cats from all shapes and breeds. Don’t be mistaken, it’s not the place to bring your own cat, but to enjoy the company of others. There are many cats on the streets of Utrecht that love to sneak into different café’s and bars, which is not always the best place for them to hide or relax. The Katfé will be the perfect sollution for this problem and the cats will have a safe and especially designed area for them to play and relax.

Cat café, Katfé in Utrecht

Jelmer Bergsma en Stephanie van Hovell came up with the idea a few years ago and believe that cats can bring cat lovers together. “It’s also the perfect place for those that can’t keep a cat in their own home, for whatever reason”.

Katfé is planning to open the doors early Juli 2018, Miawow!


Amsterdamsestraat weg 253, Utrecht

Spingaren, the restaurant where opposites attract

If you cycle around in Amsterdam, you almost forget how many hidden spots there are. Behind the walls of the many canal houses of Amsterdam, you’ll find restaurants, hotels and businesses. The other day, I had dinner at Spingaren, a restaurant that I could have easily missed when walking by. Time to tell you what’s behind those walls.

Spingaren entrance bar

Arriving at Spingaren, you need to walk up a small staircase to find a glass door that brings you to the restaurant. The bar and brick walls welcome you for a drink and you wonder where the tables are. The restaurant area is situated in the back and goes on for ever. The best spot to sit at, is without doubt the area where I enjoyed my dinner, I call it the green spot. Plants are hanging from the ceiling and one of the walls is covered in moss.

greens at Spingaren Amsterdam

The Menu
Spingaren is able to accommodate anyone at anytime. There is a menu available for vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, pregnant women and if you can’t bare gluten, you’re also good here. I enjoyed a veggie platter for 2 and it was delish!

One of the shared platters at Spingaren (this one includes fish)

Share your plate and discover your neighbours dish

For mains, I was pleasantly surprised with my sticky cauliflower dish, and noticed the carnivores across the table looked with envy as they tried to steal the food of my plate. But hey, sharing is caring and I was more than happy to give them a little taster. This is what Spingaren is all about. Share your plate, discover your neighbours dish and order something else next time around! I ended my meal with roasted pineapple (which was a little too sweet for my liking), espresso creme brûlée and ice-cream. You can find the full menu here

Sticky Cauliflower at Spingaren
Sticky Cauliflower with black quinoa

The location is surprisingly large and even fits a large group of people up to 200 people! But there is more.. Spingaren developed their own charcuterie and creates homemade pastrami, vegetarian chorizo and kimchi. The wine and cocktails aren’t bad either so Spingaren is a great contender for a dinner with friends, where you can discover new flavours that you may not have ordered first hand. 

Herengracht 88, Amsterdam



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The Avocado Show just announced their second location in Amsterdam!

Holy guacamole! Just when you think the hype has calmed down a little bit, The Avocado Show is back at it. Again. Celebrating their 1 year anniversary, the’ve just announced their second location in Amsterdam and we know where!

Haven’t heard of the Avocado Show? Quick recap; it’s the first Avocado restaurant in Europe and has been trending on social media for the past year. You can order anything you can imagine that includes the healthy green stuff. Entrepreneurs Ron Simpson, Julian Zaal and chef Jamie van Heije, opened the first Avocado Show in trendy area De Pijp in Amsterdam and even had people sleep in front of the doors, the night before it opened.

From L to R: Ron, Jamie and Julian

After a good and solid first year, their collaboration with Shawn Harris, the woman behind Nature’s Pride, one of the largest Avocado supplier in the world, they dicided to take the next step and expand abroad. She believed in the Dutch entrepreneurs from the beginning and is investing millions to take The Avocado Show International.

Avocado breakfast

The Avocado Show second location in Amsterdam

But first, let’s talk about the highly anticipated second location of the Avocado Show in Amsterdam! (I know you have been scrolling down the page for this one..;)) It will be located on the Willemsparkweg, with the focus on take-away and delivery so you won’t need to queue for hours. As soon as there’s more news to tell, we will be the first one to let you know, of course.



*All photo’s are courtesy on the Avocado Show

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The Maker Café, unlimited coffee in Amsterdam

You may have heard of the Maker Café, in de Hallen passage in Amsterdam. A wonderful store where local craftsmen and talented creators showcase and sell their products. But only a small amount of people know the Maker Café, that is located on the top floor. We checked it out and ordered a cup of (pretty amazing) coffee.

You could easily miss it, the Maker Café. They’ve been here since last september though and it’s time that more people took notice. Why? Well, for one, the coffee is good. Very good. They are using Rotterdam-based Manhattan roasters coffee beans, that created a special Maker Café blend for Amsterdam. You see? Both cities can go hand in hand! The coffee combined with the rich and creamy Queens of Dairy, creates one of the best cappuccinos you’ve tasted in Amsterdam. Yep, I dare to say it. The barista’s behind the counter and well trained and also serve amazing filter coffee, if that’s your thing.

Manhathan coffee at the Maker Café in Amsterdam

The interior is all available to buy and created by talented craftsmen that are connected to the Maker Store. From chairs, to tables and even the art on the walls. With a touch of pastel pink, the Maker Café is a comfortable place for a quiet sit down after a stroll over the Ten Katemarket or foodhallen, which are just around the corner. There is room to sit down around 20 people, so it’s not big, but it’s good enough.

Maker cafe in Amsterdam

Free Coffee!
To top it all off, and perhaps best of all, the Maker Café offers a monthly coffee subscription, that is just too good to pass. It works like this; You buy a monthly description and for the entire month you can order and drink as many coffees or tea as you’d like. A subscription cost €35,- per month, but for your first month is only €25,-! If you drink 1 coffee a day,  (and you’re in the hood) you save at least..well, you can do the math right? If that’s still a bit much for you, you can also opt for a stampcard and receive a free drink when it’s full. 

See you there?



Maker Café
Hannie Dankbaarpassage 39 (upstairs), Amsterdam

The Wanderlust Bangkok City Guide

Bangkok, the urban jungle that you must experience once in your lifetime. If you are planning a holiday to Thailand, you’re likely to settle in Bangkok for the first few days. Here are 15 things to see and do in just a small amount of time.

Chaotic Bangkok

Where to Eat
There are plenty of places to feed your belly, but if you have just a few days, we can imagine, you do not want to take the risk of  picking a bad restaurant. We’ve selected 6 tasty, Instagramable places to eat!

Bangkok is full of Instagrammable hotspots

» Unicorn Cafe

It’s as crazy as it sounds, and still extremely popular. It’s located a little bit outside the city center so you need to be a devoted unicorn lover to get there. Because of it’s popularity, they have 2 locations in the same street. You can’t make a reservation so try to visit after lunchtime or in the morning. Feast your eyes on rainbow wallpaper and eat the multi layered unicorn cake (which tasted pretty good actually!) If you want, you can pay extra for a unicorn onesie and have your picture taken. I passed, but still managed to find my inner child! Facebook.com/Unicornbrand

Unicorn Cafe Bangkok
Unicorn Everything at the Unicorn Café

» Matchbox Pinkplanter

Matchbox is a franchise that mainly sells clothes and accessories, but they’ve recently opened up a café on the top floor of one of their shops in Siam. Everything is pink and tropical. Phrases like “You had me at Aloha” or “Love you very matcha”, are written on the walls, next to the large flamenco that you see when you walk in. So what can you order? Cotton candy ice-cream, cloudy bread buns, milkshakes and more. instagram.com/pinkplanter.cafe

» Nara

Like many restaurants in Bangkok, this place is located inside a shopping mall. It looks different from all the others though. Because of the fountain and wooden interior, Nara has a luxury feel to it but the prices are very affordable. I ordered a traditional Pad Thai with shrimps, that is suppose to be in the top 5 best Pad Thai’s in Bangkok. www.naracuisine.com

Matchbox Pinkplanter Bangkok
Instagrammable Matchbox Pinkplanter

Matchbox Pinkplanter, bangkok

» Eat Side Story

This Thai restaurant is situated next to the river Wat Arun. Here you can enjoy traditional Thai dishes whilst overlooking the river of Bangkok. From here you can also take a express boat tour and see why Bangkok was once called the “Venice of the East”. From there you can also visit the famous reclining Buddha. www.eatsightstorydeck.com

» Namsaah Bottling Trust

Perfect for couples or if you’re looking for a fancy night out! The pink building resembles a French boudoir, especially on the inside! It’s located in between the streets of Bangkok and serves high end Thai food with a twist. Tip: Try one of their colourful cocktails! www.namsaah.com

Namsaah Bottling Trust
Like a French boudoir in the middle of Bangkok!

Tip » There are a few dates a year that you can’t drink alcohol in Thailand. The Thai people celebrate Buddha day for example. On this public holiday the whole city doesn’t serve alcohol. Not in hotels or restaurants. Really in need of a beer? The mini bar in your hotel is your best friend. Do not drink in public or you can face a fine of 10.000 bath!

Where to Shop

There are several reasons why you should shop in Bangkok. For one, there are more shopping malls in this Asian city than you will ever see, and two, if you shop the right way, you will find yourself with the best bargains.

This mall is the best for cheap gifts, clothes and electronics. The food court on the top floor has some of the best sushi rolls! If you are staying near the river, you can take a water taxi for just 10 bath and get the local experience. 

» Siam Discovery
Relatively new, this mall is not cheap but it’s very trendy. No surprise that you find the 20 -30 age group shopping here. From cool brands and fashion designers to funky coffee bars and gadgets, you will find it here.

Night Market Bangkok
Nightmarket in Bangkok

» Rot Fai Night Market, Srinakarin
You must check out this night market in Bangkok. Like every night market, it’s chaotic, colourful and vibrant. The Rot Fai market is huge and split into 3 different sections. It’s open from 5pm until midnight from Thurs – Sun. Grab a taxi to get here but always request the cabdriver to turn on his meter!

» Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Market
This market is hip & happening and totally different than all the others. With a plane as the centrepiece of the market, it’s already impressive. You can find art objects, food, crafts beers and one of a kind shirts and accessories. Enjoy Thai and mainstream music performances, while eating burgers or sipping on fruit smoothies. Be one of the cool kids and check out this amazing market! It’s fairy easy to get to by taxi if you stay in the old part of the city.

Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Market
The cool Chang Chui Plane Market (source: Hotels.com)

Where to Stay

If you just had a 12 hour flight, there is nothing better than a luxury hotel, to get you though the first days. Thankfully, Bangkok has quite a few and they don’t always have to cost much.

The breakfast buffet probably has the healthiest options I’ve seen in Bangkok to date

» SO Sofitel Bangkok (luxurious)
One of the best hotels in Bangkok in my opinion. Why? Well, the rooftop swimming pool for one! Oh, and the rooms are super big with the most amazing view over the skyline and green park. The restaurant has 2 restaurants, Red Oven & Park Society, and the breakfast buffet probably has the healthiest options I’ve seen in Bangkok to date. I also had a little peek in the spa and although I didn’t have the time to book a massage here, I can only imagine how good it would be. Rooms start at around 150 euro per night. Book it here!

SO Sofitel, Bangkok
SO Sofitel was like a dream

» Prince Du Port Hotel
The first ever time I stayed in Bangkok, I was given the tip to stay here. What a great place to start from! It’s not as luxurious as the SO Sofitel but this hotel also has a rooftop pool and is located near Koh San Road with only a 20 minute walk. The hotel is located next to the river, so you can take the traditional water transportation which takes you right into the city for just 10 bath! Rooms are available for as little as 25 euro per night. Book it here!

» Dream Hotel (Budget)
It has been rated as one of the best budget hotels in Bangkok by the UK Telegraph. The rooms are described as funky and futuristic, yet comfortable. It it located on Sukhumvit Road and you’ll find all sorts of travelers here. Business, couples and even backpackers. It is clean and has a rooftop pool, which is something you need in Bangkok! Rooms are available for as little at 40 euro per night.

One of the best rooftop pools in Bangkok, SO Sofitel

Where to get the Best Massages

With so many massage places, it’s hard to choose the best one but I’ve tried and tested a few and did some research. These ones stand out and cure that jetlag in no time!

» Water Gate Spa

It took a while for me to find it but it was worth it. It’s a tiny door hidden between the street market and right across from the Platinum Mall. For only 300 bath, you can get a Thai or foot massage and if you pay 500 bath, you get 2 hours! facebook.com/watergatespa

» Grand Massage & Spa in MBK
Right in the busy shopping center MBK, you will find this wonderful massage and spa. A room to shower yourself after the massage (yes, it can get quite oily) grandmassageandspa.com

» SoSpa at SO Sofitel Bangkok
If you’re going to stay here anyways, you should definitely try one of the massages. There are several options and although it’s about the same price you pay overseas, you will feel like a million dollars afterwards. Check it out here.

SO Sofitel Spa Bangkok
A spa with a view.. SO Sofitel

There you have it, plenty of things to do when you’re in Bangkok. Let us know which of our tips you’ve have used by tagging us on Instagram! @wanderlust.nl



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New in Town: Miss Moneypenny Amsterdam

New month, new hotspots. This time I’m glad to put a spotlight on new culinary kid in town: cocktail bar Miss Moneypenny. I totally fell in love with their catchy, bit mysterious name which I in a split second associated with – of course – James Bond. Pretty original name for a hotspot, but really smart because it made me so curious what to expect! I felt the need to test it for you foodies, so here’s my experience.

City centre Amsterdam, worth to discover
For me it’s kind a ‘new’ part of our capital city to discover, the Spuistraat. The last couple of years it’s pimped by lots of new hotspots and design hotels. Besides it’s situated in the vibrant city centre where you can spot more tourists than locals, it really has its typical Amsterdam charm. You can’t miss Miss Moneypenny, it immediately caught my eye by their stylish exterior. Upon entry you’ll be surprised by the mystical ambiance, like you’re in a complete other world. Expect a cozy, warm and bit sexy oasis.

Interieur Miss Moneypenny

Miss Moneypenny: Street food 2.0
My expectations where sky high because I knew this food youngster was a creation of the four childhood friends who also made a great success of Venster 33 and Taproom. This time, their concept is shareable international street food. Sharing the dishes with your tablemate(s), in my opinion a great way to taste the most delicious, sometimes even unknown flavours from around the globe in just one evening out, love it! The moment was there to kick-off dinnertime with their lovely ‘Valentine’ cocktail – because it was wonderfully well received – and Dutch imperial oysters. To be honest, normally I’m not such a big fan of this delicacy, but they had me with their sweet apple-dill compote. Brings back memories with my granny who made this often for my family. And many other rounds followed, lost count…From really tasteful steak tartare Korean style, goose rilette rolled in Asian pancakes and Russian blini’s topped with stewed radicchio till crispy tempura of prawns and veggies. All mouth-watering, I’m serious!

Gamba's at Miss Moneypenny
Tempura prawns & Miss MPs’ day special

In love with this dessert @ Miss MP

Oh and the chocolate lava cake, if you don’t order this sweet dessert, you’ll regret it so much. A little side note for vegans and vegetarians: They’ve a vegan falafel and a vegetarian gnocchi dish. Although I’m sure the enormously kind, pure staff – hospitality is in their blood – will do their best to make it a food party for you too, keep this in mind.

Cocktail time, yes please!
And what about the drinks? Lots of signature (non)alcoholic cocktails and tantalizing classics, in case you want to play it safe. Like they say: ‘All the cocktails are so refined in their own way, it’s actually a crime to taste only one…’ Yeah, like the way they think! My fave was the rum old fashioned: atlantico rum, choco bitters, angostura, sugar syrup and orange zest.

No doubt, this brand new cocktail bar with delicious shareable street food and constantly changing menu deserves a top 3 ranking on your food bucketlist. Even as a perfectionist I haven’t critical comments, just thumbs up. Can’t wait for your fourth culi spot guys!

Shake it baby, it’s cocktail time!


Miss Moneypenny
Spuistraat 223, Amsterdam
Tel: 020-7706334

5 x Best Greek Restaurants & Deli’s in Amsterdam

If you know me, you know that Greek food is something you can wake me up for. But because I’ve been to Greece so often, I know exactly how great Greek food is suppose to taste like. As many as they are, it’s a shame that a lot of Greek restaurants in Amsterdam are not up to it, and even though they try their best to be as authentic as possible, they tend to disappoint. I did a little research, asked around and tested as many Amsterdam based Greek restaurants and deli’s as I could and this is my result:

  1. Trattorie Mitsos
    Tweede Hugo de Grootstraat 25

    For one, they actually sell traditional Greek pita’s. The real deal. The owners are super friendly and have been married for many years. She’s Dutch, he’s Greek. Thank god, they decided to live in Amsterdam, so we can all enjoy their amazing food. They import traditional Greek products and travel to Greece a few times a year to select the best products like cheese, olives, oil and even wines. The only downside is, that they are tiny. They do have a small corner where you can sit down, but how awesome would it be if they turned Mitsos into a wonderful Greek restaurant! Crowdfunding anyone? Facebook 

    Mitsos Amsterdam

  2. Morena aan de Amstel 
    Amstel 47
    It’s the biggest Greek deli in Amsterdam and they work around the clock to keep those bellies filled. They offer a wide range of Greek foods, from the more traditional dishes like stuffed peppers, They supposedly serve the best souvlaki in town and the reviews don’t lie. But they also call themselves “vegetarian friendly”, which I love, because being a vegetarian, it can be quite difficult to find a Greek place that offers high standard veggie Greek food. Good news, they also deliver with Thuisbezorgd, Foodora and Deliveroo! Facebook 
  3. Olivity
    Overtoom 245
    This cute Greek deli serves home cooked meals by a Greek lady that has moved to Amsterdam many years ago. She also does a killer catering and you can buy Greek products like traditional olive oil. The interior is sweet and welcoming and probably the best looking Greek spot that I have come across. Come here for a coffee and enjoy the Greek flavours. www.olivity.net 


  4. Dionysos Taverna
    Overtoom 176

    Recommended by many Greeks living in Amsterdam so it must be good. Situated on the other side of the Overtoom then Olivity, this restaurant offers more than just good Greek food. People also come here to enjoy the atmosphere and the Greek music (they host live performances) and the friendly cat. I ordered calamaris, and I was a bit nervous to receive greasy dough rings, but it was crispy and not chewy at all. My partner had a moussaka and he said it was the best one he has eaten in the Netherlands. Facebook 

  5. Grekas Deli
    Singel 311

    Right in the heart of Amsterdam! I discovered this place by chance when I walked past during the parade of Kingsday last April. It was the perfect stop for a pita and I enjoyed the friendly staff. There are a few tables so you can also enjoy a meal without rushing. Like every good deli, dishes are made freshly everyday and are home cooked. They also bake traditional Greek cookies that you should definitely try! Facebook

Which one is your favorite?





Joya » Our New Favourite Asian Restaurant!

Finger licking (or plate licking) good. That’s how we can describe Joya, our new favorite Asian Fusion restaurant in Amsterdam.

Normally we are first in line when it comes to new hotspots in Amsterdam, but due to our busy schedule, we didn’t manage visit Joya until this week. The restaurant has been open since the summer of 2017 and recently added some new dishes on the menu. Although Sarah and I talk to each other on the phone everyday, we haven’t sat down for a relaxt dinner in a long time. So we marked a big red circle into our diaries and made a reservation at Joya.

First Impressions
It’s much bigger than I thought! There are enough table and chairs to sit down at least 80 guests, but the restaurant still looks spacious and all tables have a sense of privacy. The interior feels cozy, yet stylish and there is even a fireplace, surrounded by comfy sofa’s. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned the tree in the middle of the restaurant! 

The staff is professional but not stiff and they know their wines and recommendations. You are treated as a worthy guest, but nothing feels forced or over the top. This is a big plus, because that is the kind of atmosphere that will make customers return a few times a month. 

Steal food from each others plate is the motto here

The Menu
Ok, let’s talk business. The menu is designed for a shared dining experience, something most new restaurants in Amsterdam like to apply. Steal food from each others plate is the motto here, and if you are with friends, this is highly encouraged by us! There are many shellfish options like oysters, scallops, prawns and soft shell crab. We decided to let the chef surprise us with a meat free menu so we skipped the lapsang smoked ribs and spicy beef salad. Instead we started with Tom Kha seafood soup that is freshly poured into your bowl with shellfish.

Oh yeah, our tastebuds were impressed. Ready for more, we tried the BBQ eggplant, green veggies of the day, tasty scallops and the green chilli tiger prawns with noodles on the side. Bellies full? Well, we saved just enough space for dessert which included a chilli mango sorbet, a few brownies and white chocolate with coconut. 

Cocktails? No problem!

Saving space for dessert!

It’s been a while since we experienced an Asian party onto our plates, and Joya totally made it happen again. Because the restaurant is so spacious, we recommend it to friends, couples and business meetings. Good things happen here. 



Spuistraat 3G/H, Amsterdam
Tel: 020 221 4932

8 x new Hotspots in Amsterdam this month!

There are a few months in the year, that bars, restaurants and other hotspots, decide to open their doors all in the same month. February is one of those months. Without further ado, here are 8 brand new hotspots in Amsterdam.

Pita 3.0

Vegans can cheer again because this February, this hotspot will open it’s doors on the Overtoom. Feeling hungry after a night out, this joint will serve you guilt free vegan kebab and pita’s. Besides the food they will also serve local craft beers! 

Peejays Doughnuts
Vijzelgracht 37
Guilty pleasures, hello there! Homemade, fresh doughnuts with the prettiest decorations. Located at a perfect location because people are always on the go. Our guest editor Sharmaine was at the opening and shot this tasty shot. Makes us crave something sweeet!

Peejays Doughnuts

Airhockey Arcade Puck
Jan Evertsenstraat 747

It’s going to be the first airhockey hall in Europe and it’s opening in Amsterdam West. There will be 16 air-hockey tables and you can enjoy drinks and food with a French twist. Facebook

Arriba Arriba
Rozengracht 114

Arriba Arriba is a Mexican street food hang-out with South American influences. You can go here from noon for quick taco’s or to dine extensively, 7 days a week. All dishes on the menu are created for sharing.

new hotspots in Amsterdam

Baut & BautBoven
Spaardammerstraat 460

You can’t have missed this because pretty much every food blogger was at the opening and posted Instagram stories. You did miss it? No worries, we’re here to tell you all about it! Baut just opened a new location on the Spaarndammerstraat and it looks a-ma-zing inside! The concept is also a bit different from the other locations; for lunch and dinner you stay downstairs and for art and culture you can go up to the first floor which they call BovenBAUT. On Wednesdays you can enjoy De WoensdagClub where creatives come together to mingle, exchange ideas whilst drinks are flowing and music is playing.

Amstelveenseweg 124

After many locations, they had time for yet another healthy hotspot! Right across the south entrance of the Vondelpark, you will find this green hotspot. The salads are large and the staff is super friendly. The location is perfect for people on the go, with take-away available. The interior is made out of wood and glass and features a few booths to sit in. Besides the food and juices, it’s also an office and workshop space.

SLA Amstelveenseweg

La Gita
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197
You can enjoy this Italian pop-up until the 12th of March at hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand. While restaurant Bridges is having a temporary renovation, La Gita will offer Italian flavours with an all-dining concept with tasty Italian bites from mornings to late evenings. 

Studio 191
Jan Hanzenstraat 54
This yoga studio with New York vibes opened 2 years ago in The Pijp area and is loved by many. This February you can also visit their brand new location in Amsterdam West. This location is bigger and even has a special Barre studio. Barre is a workout that uses a combination of postures inspired by Ballet, Yoga and Pilates. To find out more about Studio 191, read this article.

Studio 191 West
Via Studio 191

Recipe » Aji de Gallina (Peruvian shredded chicken in a creamy chili sauce)

Each month, a wonderful food blogger will share one of their best recipe’s in our LUST section. This month it’s a warm and tasty Peruvian recipe from Paola Holthausen, better known as @cravingsinamsterdam.

When I was little, I would always ask my mom to make me this dish. Aji de Gallina. It is such a comforting meal for me. And now I make it for Pieter since he really likes it as well. It’s not very spicy and you can always adjust the heat to your liking. Gallina means hen in Spanish. As it was traditionally made with it, but nowadays is most commonly made with chicken.

It is made with Aji Amarillo, a Peruvian chili paste that you can find in Latin American stores or online. In Amsterdam, you can find it at Tjin’s Toko.

This recipe serves 3.


  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 medium white onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons of Aji Amarillo paste (you can add more if you like more heat)
  • 500grs of boiled chicken, shredded
  • 2 slices of white bread, crusts removed
  • 1/2 a cup of milk
  • 300ml of cream
  • 3/4 of a cup of chicken stock
  • 100grs of grated Parmesan
  • Salt to taste
  • Extras for serving:
  • White rice
  • Quail eggs (or chicken eggs)
  • Pecans
  • Parsley

Aji de Gallina is a traditional Peruvian recipe

Remove the crust from the white bread and discard them. Soak the bread in the milk, use a fork until it dissolves.

Place the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Once it melts, add the onion. Let the onion cook for a few minutes till it becomes translucent, stirring from time to time so it doesn’t get brown. Then add the minced garlic. Stir. Add the Aji Amarillo paste. Stir for a minute.

Then add the shredded chicken. Add the white bread soaked in milk, the cream and chicken stock. Stir until everything is well combined. Let it cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until it thickens. Stirring from time to time.

Then add the Parmesan and salt to taste. Mix well. Serve with white rice, soft boiled quail eggs, chopped pecans and chopped parsley.