Oh the Dutch do these so well! so well! perfecly crispy on the outside and fluffly and soft on the inside. Now normally I'm a tomato sauce kind of girl, but you know when in Rome, or the Netherlands you do as the locals do. Their mayonnaise is thick, creamy and almost cheesy (like a mascarpone cheese) and not as tangy. It just works. They do also like a peanut sauce on their fries- this combination I am not a fan of no matter how many times I try it.
These are similar to mini crumpets and need to be order in adult size portions because they simply melt in your mouth and are gone before you know it!! Their fluffy golden texture is best enjoyed with melted butter and icing sugar or golden syrup.
Steri-stumpie has nothing and I mean nothing on chocomel! I went through litres of the chocolatey milk. It tastes like melted chocolate although maybe not as rich. I loved that I could buy it in litres, cans and bottles. It also came in a dark chocolate and went really well with almond milk. On cold day we would warm it up and have instant hot chocolate. Somebody send me some!
These are delicious deep fried bite size snacks. Think a pureed beef mixture (almost like a pie filling) coated in bread crumbs and then fried and served with tangy mustard! As Jayden Smith would say "hellll-ooo". They are also the baby brother of another dutch famous street food - croquettes, which are often squished onto a brown roll, equally delicious when served with a tall glass of chocomel.
Chocomel aka steri-stumpie only 1000 x better
There is nothing like the Netherlands in the summer time, and by summer time I mean those rare two weeks of the year where the sun arrives, and it's just warm enough for shorty shorts and a crop top. I spent the last month meandering through the city of Amsterdam as welll as running and cycling through the forests of Hilversum. I'm not going lie, unlike my love affair with Cape Town (which has captured my soul), the Netherlands was not love at first sight.
It took its time to grow on me and get me to love it back and eventually worked its way to my heart - through my stomach of course! Before I travel anywhere I do my research, finding the must see tourist attractions, shopping districts and restaurants. However the best piece of travel advice that was given to me was a list of local foods that I had to try! Now I am pleased that I get to past this vital (yes it is vital) knowledge on to you so that if you ever find yourself on that side of the world you will know exactly what to order!
One heineken with a beef croquet coming right up! (and of course we will be going dutch on that order)
This dutch delicacy tested my foodie palate for the new and unexpected. Raw fish is not a new to me, I enjoy it with some pickled ginger and wasabi but for this dish I swapped the ginger for pickles and and the wasabi for raw onions. It honestly was not as bad as it looked - it tasted like tuna sashimi. However, I was not for having it on a white roll as a take away!
Freitas met saus
aka french fries and mayonnaise
Gevulde koek and
My favourite afternoon teatime treat- a golden pastry filled with crushed almonds and sugar - it is absolutely heavenly heated up. It went perfectly with a up of steaming mint tea.
This is another dish the dutch are not given nearly enough credit for! They don't believe in half measures (only half apple pies which you can buy at a local super market, what a fantastic idea?!), each one is made with real butter and packed with a small mountain of apples. Its delicious on its own or with vanilla ice-cream! hot dam!
An absolute lunch staple all over the world, but I am yet to find a dutch restaurant where sandwiches don't have a place of prominence on their lunch menu. We found the cutest bakery that made its own bread and served it with juicy slices of turkey, cucumber and truffle mayo!