🇳🇱 Around The World in 80 Plates – Amsterdam
From traditional Dutch pancakes to raw herring, Amsterdam is a city awash with national dishes to try. If you’re joining us for a break to Amsterdam, here are some sweet and savoury treats to add to your ‘to eat’ list!
Two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of gooey sweet syrup. Stroopwafels can be found across Amsterdam in its plethora of bakeries and street markets.
Top tip: Place your stroopwafel on top of a hot drink to let the syrup melt a little bit…thank us later.
If you’re a fan of cheese, Amsterdam is the place for you. It seems like everywhere you walk in the Dutch capital, cheese shops line the street, their windows decorated with countless giant cheese wheels. Inside the shops, a veritable smorgasbord of your favourite Dutch cheeses; Gouda, Edam, Maasdam, Leerdammer and more!
There’s even a museum dedicated to cheese if you want to find out more about Dutch cheese and its history and of course, taste some of the best cheese in the country!
If you’re thinking of reasons to visit Amsterdam, then its cheese alone is as Gouda reason as any – get it?
This one may not be for everybody, but raw herring is a Dutch speciality, and can be found all over the city from haringhandels (herring carts).
Top Tip: Ask for broodje haring for a herring sandwich with pickles and onions.
If raw herring floats your boat, the best time to try it is between May and July, as it’s said to be at its sweetest around that time of year. If you can’t think of anything worse than raw herring, we’ll move swiftly on…
Pronounced ‘PO-fer-jus’, but also known simply as Dutch pancakes, Poffertjes are light and fluffy batter treats. Typically served sweet with powdered sugar and butter, Poffertjes can be found in restaurants and pancake houses around Amsterdam. Or, if you want to eat on your feet, you’ll also find them at Amsterdam’s many street market vendors.
We won’t even try to explain how to pronounce this one, but thankfully, it literally translates to “breakfast cake.” Despite the name, this stodgy but delicious ginger cake can be enjoyed throughout the day. It’s extra tasty with a healthy spreading of butter!
Another one for fish-lovers, Kibbeling is deep fried morsels of white fish, usually served with a mayonaisey herb sauce and lemon. Kibbeling can be found hot and fresh from Amsterdam’s street vendors.
Thick Dutch Fries
The Dutch enjoy their thick cut fries (or patat) served in a piping hot paper cone and covered in various tasty toppings.
Top tip: Try patatje oorlog, a mouthwatering concoction of peanut saté sauce, mayo and onions or the patat speciaal which includes curry ketchup, mayonnaise and onions.
Deep fried crispy meatballs traditionally served with mustard for dipping…need we say more?
Bitterballen can be found in most drinking establishments in Amsterdam, and are the perfect pub snack.
A Tompouce is a cream-filled rectangular pastry – and a Dutch variation of the mille-feuille. There are strict rules when making Tompouce that there is consistency in size, shape and colour – usually characterised by its smooth pink icing. However, around King’s Day in April, the icing turns bright orange as a sign of national celebration.
We’re sure your taste-buds are now tingling, but don’t take our word for it, make sure you try at least one of these on your next visit to Amsterdam!