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Malay Words in Dutch

This page is just a collection of Malay words that I often heard as a child. My mother grew up in the Dutch Indies (now Indonesia) before WWII, and she would still use a few Malay words in conversation. In general Dutch there are a few words of Malay, mostly for food; most Malay words have disappeared from Dutch with the passing of that colonial generation. How I say the words will probably not be exactly like native speakers of Malay speak.
Maybe in modern Indonesian Malay (officially: Bahasa Indonesia) the spelling is no longer like Dutch but as in English, like in Malaysia, kechang instead of katjang, satay instead of saté (small pieces of meat on wooden skewers, barbecued.)
The Malay word toko click to hear ('shop, grocery') specifically means 'Asian grocery' in Dutch.

Malay words most Dutchmen are familiar with are in bold

pisang click to hear banana
nasi goreng click to hear fried rice
bami goreng click to hear 2 fried noodles
saté click to hear satay
kroepoek click to hear shrimp crackers (large)
taugé click to hear (mung) bean sprouts
katjang click to hear peanut
djeroek click to hear lemon, citrus
ketimoen click to hear cucumber
klapper
(klapperboom)
click to hear
click to hear 2
coconut 'meat'
coconut palm
sambal click to hear ground hot peppers (sauce/paste)
pedis click to hear hot, spicy
wadjang click to hear wok
ketjil click to hear small
besar click to hear 2 big
ketjap click to hear soy sauce
manis click to hear sweet
asin click to hear salty
djintan click to hear cumin
ketoembar click to hear coriander
djahé click to hear ground ginger
koenjit click to hear 2 turmeric
trassie click to hear smelly dried fish paste
ikan click to hear fish
ajam click to hear chicken
ajam blanda
('Dutch chicken')
click to hear turkey
kambing click to hear goat
babi click to hear pork
pangang click to hear roasted
kantjil click to hear (mythical) miniature deer
toko click to hear shop, grocery
pasar click to hear market
goedang click to hear pantry
klamboe click to hear mosquito net
kassian click to hear [expression of pity]
tabé click to hear bye-bye
orang-oetang click to hear orangutang >>
rimboe click to hear 2 jungle, boondocks
batik click to hear batik (fabric dyeing technique)
kris click to hear dagger, small sword
klewang click to hear machete
senang click to hear feeling OK
baboe click to hear nanny
tuan click to hear Sir, Lord
krètèk click to hear cloves-scented cigarette
[fired rice]
nasi goreng click to hear (with green beans)
Rijsttafel click to hear (rice-table) is the Dutch name for an elaborate Indonesian meal of rice with lots of small side dishes.

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[banana]
pisang click to hear
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