My birthday is coming up soon and since a surinamese birthday just isn’t complete without a delicious pom i decided to veganise one of my favorite dishes ever. Pom is a traditional surinamese dish that is a staple on most surinamese birthdays. Traditionally pom isn’t vegan because they put chicken in the dish and use the sauce to top the pom. I tried to make it using tofu and was scared i’d ruin the dish, but it turned out amazing! So if you’re looking for a new exotic dish to try don’t look any further, i’ve got you covered.
The main ingredient in pom is pomtayer also known as yautia or malanga, which is a tuber found in south america. Pictured above is the pomtayer i used for this recipe, which you can find in most freezer sections at a surinamese toko or asian grocery store when you’re in the Netherlands and Suriname. Outside of the Netherlands and Suriname it might be challenging to find this frozen grated pomtayer or pomtayer in general, don’t worry as you could use grated taro as a substitute.
When this dish was first introduced by the Portuguese/Jewish plantation owners it was made with potato, but potato wasn’t commonly available in Suriname so they started making it using pomtayer instead.
Pom is great served with rice and vegetables or you can make a “broodje pom” by putting the pom on a bread roll with some sambal and pickled cucumber. I simply love this dish and ate a lot while testing the recipe (win) even my nephew couldn’t resist! This dish is definitely birthday approved.
If you’re gonna make this dish or ever ate it before i’d love to know how you liked it. I’m working on more surinamese dishes which i’ll be sharing in the near future, so stay tuned cause more tropical dishes are coming your way!