Jetting off for a holiday in Amsterdam? Don’t miss out on trying out these Dutch delicacies as you explore the sights in this charming city:
Stroopwafels are an iconic Dutch sweet treat made up of two thin wafers with a layer of syrup in between. This delicacy originated in Gouda during the 18th century, and are now sold at most bakeries and grocery stores in Amsterdam. If you like your stroopwafel freshly made, keep your eyes peeled for street vendors in the city selling this delicacy. Your sweet tooth will definitely be satisfied with this treat!
If you like your pancakes light and bite-sized, you will definitely love poffertjes! These small and fluffy pancakes are made with buckwheat flour and yeast, and are typically served with butter and powdered sugar. Other toppings, such as fruits, nutella, whipped cream and savoury ingredients may also be added to suit your fancy.
Commonly eaten during the colder months, vacation makers in Amsterdam will easily find poffertjes being sold at markets and outdoor food stands during autumn and winter. Those yearning for a taste of this petite treart during periods of the year with warm weather will find them sold at cafes within the city.
3. Vlaamse Frites
The Dutch adore their potatoes as much as they love their pancakes and stroopwafels! Vlaamse Frites, a popular Dutch street food delicacy, is a dish of thick cut potato fries served with generous helpings of mayonnaise. Fries fanatics should keep an eye out for street vendors selling this treat!
4. Hollandse Nieuwe Haring
Also known as ‘new herring’, the Hollandse Nieuwe Haring may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Raw herring, raw onions and pickles are stuffed in a bread roll, creating a traditional dish that will appeal to diners with a taste for fishy flavours. This dish has to be prepared in line to Dutch tradition, where the fish is culled as soon as it is caught, with its pancreas left intact. Enzymes produced in the pancreas, as well as salt are used to preserve the fish before it is served.
Want to eat this dish like a true Dutch? Hold the herring by the tail, tilt your head back and place fish into your mouth! If you find it hard to stomach the herring on its own, have it together with a bread roll.
Cheese lovers, contain your excitement, for you are just about to enter cheese heaven. You will find an abundance of cheese during your sojourns in Netherlands, for it is the largest exporter of cheese in the world. The Dutch enjoy cheese at any time of the day with bread, as a beer snack, along with wine, or simply on its own! Get your fill of this savoury delight at traditional cheese markets in Amsterdam, or at the cheese factory in Volendam, a town close to Amsterdam.
How do the Dutch eat? You will find out by enjoying an authentic, homecooked meal with the locals in Amsterdam. Join Steven for a Mediterranean feast, tuck into a spread of Asian delights with Bart, or wine and dine with Abraham as he shares all about the beautiful city that he resides in.