Okay so Dutch food may not be on your radar as much as an Indian or Chinese. There are, however, plenty of unique culinary experiences to tantalise a traveller’s tastebuds.
I tried a fair few quintessential Dutch foods on my recent trip to Amsterdam. And for those that didn’t tick the veggie box, I had my trusted friends as tasting guinea pigs. Here are seven specialities you must seek out when visiting the Netherlands:
These small, fluffy baby pancakes are made with yeast and buckwheat flour. Best way to eat these are fresh and hot with a dollop of butter and powdered sugar from a street vendor. We found these beauties on our last day in Amsterdam at a food market outside of the Rijksmuseum. Such a yummy treat!
Well we can’t talk about Dutch food and not mention Kaas (Dutch for cheese)! We’ve all tried the popular varieties of Gouda and Edam back at home. The Dutch are seriously into their cheese, they have it for breakfast, in their sandwiches for lunch or as a snack in the evening cut into cubes and dipped in mustard.
When in Amsterdam you have to seek out the many Kaas shops or markets and dive into some cheese tasting of your own!
This traditional Dutch dish translated as Mash Pot is made up from a combination of mashed potato with one or several vegetables like kale, carrots, endive or sauerkraut and usually served with a sausage.
I love sampling local dishes when on holiday and on my hunt for a veggie stamppot came across the quirky restaurant Moeders (Dutch for Mother’s). They whip up classic Dutch comfort food just like Mum used to make. The walls are adorned with photos of, yes you’ve guessed it – Mothers, from all around the world. And they’re still collecting! I’m sending mine over soon.
From the mismatched plates, cutlery, glasses donated by the diners who attended the opening to the furniture it exudes a real homely and relaxed feel. My vegetarian stamppot came topped with grilled vegetables and a delicious melted feta cheese topping. This is what I call warmth and happiness in a bowl. Trust me, when in Amsterdam head down to the beautiful Jordaan area and do not miss out on a meal at Moeders.
The ultimate Dutch pub snack devoured with lashings of beer. Found in most cafés, bars and food markets (like we found), these savory meat-based balls are deeply fried and traditionally served with mustard. Thankfully I had my chief meaty tasters with me who confirmed the ragout-like mixture of beef, beef broth, butter, flour and spices coated in crispy breadcrumbs were a perfect meatball snack.
All beer guzzlers know it would be a sin not to enjoy an ice-cold Heineken in its birthplace Amsterdam. The Netherlands is known for its pale lagers and you don’t have to stop at just drinking. You can visit Heinekens first brewery in Amsterdam which has been transformed into an interactive tour ending with a beer tasting finale. You need to go and refresh the parts other beers cannot reach!
Undoubtedly the Stroopwafel is the most popular pastry snack from the Netherlands. A bit like a waffle cookie made from two thin layers stuck together with a layer of sweet caramel syrup (the stroop). They are best eaten warm and gooey and a great on the go sweet snack.
One of the best ways I love eating them is balancing one over a hot cup of tea or coffee for a couple of minutes to melt the delicious syrup before devouring.
The Dutch appeltaart is different to the apple pies we’ve grown up with and those of the ‘exceedingly good’ variety. Deeper and with a drier filling, they’re jam-packed with big slices of apple flavoured with lemon, sugar and cinnamon. It’s also enveloped in a sweet cakey dough on the bottom and edges and finished with a lattice on the top. De riguer: a nice hot koffie (coffee) and lashings slagroom (whipped cream). Sorry Brexiteers, but I actually preferred it to the British version.
Have you tried any of this Dutch specialities? Which ones do you love?
Also take a read of my 9 things you must do in Amsterdam for more inspo.
Disclaimer: Our meal at Moeders was complimentary. However, all views, opinions and photos, unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.
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