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Recipes: An Asian-Inspired Evening at Tamarind and Silk Den


Guests on Signature-class ships ms Eurodam and ms Nieuw Amsterdam can indulge in an evening of Asian-inspired culinary creations at Tamarind. The alternative dining venue was recently noted for its “cuisine that rivals the top restaurants on land” by “Condé Nast Traveler.”

Exotic dinner menus feature dishes created by Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and are categorized into the elements of water, fire, wood, and earth. One of the dishes is the Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Rudi says: At Tamarind we serve a satay sampler that includes lamb, beef, chicken, pork and shrimp, each with different marinades. To make things easier, you can use the same marinade for three different skewers and serve them with a single delicious dipping sauce.

Here’s the recipe so you can try these at home.



12 servings


Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
3/4 cup unsalted peanuts
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoon red curry paste
1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Satay Skewers:
36 (6- or 8-inch) bamboo skewers
1 1/4 cups soy sauce
1/4 cup red curry paste
1/4 cup minced garlic
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 1/4 teaspoons ground coriander
3/4 cup peanut oil
3/4 cup honey
1 pound boneless sirloin or flank steak
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, well trimmed, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-wide strips
1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp


Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Place the peanuts and sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Heat the peanut oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Whisk the curry paste and coconut milk into the peanut oil. Stir in the peanut mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Pour mixture back into the food processor and blend until smooth. If not using immediately, cover tightly and refrigerate. Just prior to serving, stir in the soy sauce and lime juice.

Satay Skewers:

Soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes. In a large glass or ceramic bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except for the steak, chicken and shrimp. Whisk until smooth.

Trim and discard any excess fat from the steak. With a meat mallet or small heavy pot, pound the steak into 1/4-inch thickness. Slice the steak into 3/4-inchstrips, about 3 inches long.

Place the steak strips, chicken strips and shrimp in a shallow glass or ceramic dish. Pour the marinade over, remove any air and seal. Refrigerate and let marinate for up to 2 hours.

Preheat a grill or boiler on high. Thread steak, chicken and shrimp separately onto bamboo skewers and grill for 1 to 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through. (Alternatively, you can cook the satays in a hot, ridged grill pan over moderately high heat.) Serve hot or at room temperature with the dipping sauce.

If guests are looking for an intimate lounge to have a pre- or post-dinner cocktail, the Silk Den adjacent to Tamarind is the perfect spot to enjoy a unique drink. Featuring Asian-inspired concoctions, guests can sip a Sake Tume or Kappa. Here’s the recipe for the delicious Sake Cruz for those who want to make it at home.


GLASS: Martini

1.5 oz Momokawa Pearl Sake
0.5 oz. Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz Cranberry Juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Enjoy!

1 Comment
  • Mary Harrison

    Just finished a 10 day cruise on the Eurodam in September…….we discovered Tamarind and ate there 3 nights! Loved the food, the service and the atmosphere! Shinta was an excellent server; Mark and Dhon in the Silk Den were always a highlight……..even when we didn’t dine at Tamarind! Highly recommend Tamarind and Silk Den.

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