The Dutch sweet treat Stroopwafel ( syrup waffle) consists of two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet syrup: these are enjoyed best hot and fresh from a street market or bakery.
Thick Dutch fries
The Dutch love fries! And there are a variety of different toppings you can choose from. For example, a patat (fries in Dutch) speciaal which consists of a mix of curry ketchup, mayonnaise, and onions.
Raw herring may sound a bit scary but it is really worth a try. You will spot herring carts all around the city. Ask for a “broodje haring” this is a small sandwich with pickles and onions. The best time to eat herring is between May and July as it said to be the sweetest then.
If raw fish is not your thing ( see above), you can still enjoy a fishy treat: kibbling. This snack consists of white fish that is battered and deep-fried, usually cod. Served with a mayo herb sauce it is defiantly worth tasting.
Croquettes from a vending machine
A very Dutch thing to do is to go to get a croquette from one of the hole-in-the-wall vendors. Head to one of the FEBO’s and you will see an array of hot snacks. Put some coins in the slot and have yourself a snack.
Cheese a is a big deal in the Netherlands, so do try visiting one of Amsterdams many cheese shops or markets to taste some Gouda, Maasdammer or Edammer cheese. Stop by Kaas van Kef. This is our favourite local cheese shop and they have a cheese tasting location too. Or go to the Albert Cuyp market to sample a variety of cheese.
Now say ’poffertjes’!
Pronounced: PO-FER-Jus. These tiny fluffy clouds of goodness are served in markets, restaurants and pancake houses all over Amsterdam. Sprinkle them with some powdered sugar and enjoy!
One for cold winter evenings, stamppot is the ultimate Dutch comfort food, not dissimilar to British Bubble & Squeak. Translated literally as ‘mash pot’, this traditional dish involves potatoes mashed with other vegetables – traditional stamppot includes various combinations of sauerkraut, carrot, onion or kale – and is usually served with a big juicy sausage.
Liquorice eating in Holland is something of a national pastime – in fact, the country boasts the highest per-capita consumption of the sweet in the whole world. But if anyone in Holland offers you some liquorice (and they will); BEWARE. This is not liquorice as you know it, but a more salty, black version known as ‘drop’. Approach with caution, and don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The strong Indonesian influence on Amsterdam’s food scene can be felt (and smelled, mmm) all over the city, and a no culinary tour of Holland would be fully complete without a visit to an Indonesian restaurant. Order a rijsttafel (rice table) for the true Indishonisian-Dutch experience; a medley of small dishes from all over the Spice Islands, developed in the times of Dutch colonization in order to allow colonials to sample dishes from around Indonesia. One of our favourite restaurants to eat Indonesian food is Kantjil and The Tiger.