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Rijsttafel, Smorgasbord, Buffet. No matter what name you use, all will have a wonderful selection of many favorite foods! In the islands of Dutch Indonesia, the largest spread of favorite foods is referred to as Rijsttfel , which translates as Rice Table. One might find hard boiled eggs in coconut sauce, made a bit savory by the addition of some hot, red chilies, some stewed beef that has been heavily seasoned with cumin, a wonderful rice dish, Beef Sate (tender, marinated, skewered, and served with Peanut Sauce), a Gado Gado Salad (lightly steamed cabbage, boiled potatoes, steamed green beans, cucumber, hard-boiled egg, bean sprouts, Tofu, all tossed in a spicy peanut dressing and garnished with puffy shrimp chips), a savory roast chicken served in a complex coconut sauce, and several kinds of Sambal (a hot condiment) to add even more heat if desired. In Scandinavia, one might find a Smorgasbord. This too is a table, displaying an almost endless spread of delectable foods. It is usually divided onto two tables. One table of cold choices usually including several different salads (whipped rhubarb with cream, prunes whipped with cream, cucumbers with onions and sour cream, assorted varieties of cold herring and sometimes smoked fish). The second table displays a large array of hot entrees such as Swedish Meatballs, Roast Beef, Roast Chicken, Roast Ham, and whipped potatoes with gravy. The giant, excessive food orgy enjoyed in both France and in the United States is referred to as a Buffet. - Origins This is always a table featuring a feast of epic proportions and amazing variety. There is virtually no limit to what one might find on a Buffet. There is one usual rule of thumb, though; Be careful about how many times you might come back to fill up a new plate, as with too many trips, one might get hurt!