Food The Netherlands

What to eat in the Netherlands?

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Hi there food lovers.

Are you heading to the Netherlands any time soon? Then I’d like to introduce you to our Dutch ‘haute cuisine’.
If you’re ever in town and not afraid to try new stuff; this is a list of typical Dutch food. There’s some good and some bad. Bon appetite or as we say in Dutch ‘eetsmakelijk’.

snacks

Drop/ liquorice
You can’t get around it; liquorice is a ‘sweet’ all the Dutch eat, so you can’t miss out. It’s sold in almost every (food) store, warehouse, grocery and even pharmacies. There are so many different flavours, so if you really have no clue which one to buy, please ask advice. 😉
It’s estimate that over 32 million kilos of liquorice is consumed by the Dutch every year!! For foreigners liquorice is a weird thing. Most say it’s quite bitter, but it’s really more salt and contains LOTS of sugar (up to 30-60%). Liquorice is not typically Dutch but it’s something we eat tons of and we bring it as presents to foreigners or with us while we’re abroad. The Dutch word for liquorice is ‘drop’.

Gevulde koek
The straight up translating of this one is really just ‘filled cookie’. It’s a round butter dough cookie filled with almond paste and they’re delicious! Although they may look small, you’ll be stuffed immediately, so make sure when is the right time to eat these.

Stroopwafels
Maybe you’ve heard of these babies before. This cookie is amazing! It’s a cookie with two layers of waffles filled with some sort of caramel syrup. You can eat them cold, but try to get your hands on a freshly baked (warm) one. Mostly found on markets. Eating them at home? Put them on top of your tea glass, so the syrup will melt a bit. Mmmh there so good! You can buy them in every supermarket at the cookie section.

Bitterballen
This snack is one of Laura’s favourite snacks in the world. She even searched for them in Bali and even found them! It’s more of a party snack at birthday parties. The inside is a mixture of meat, most of the time beef or veal, covered in breadcrumbs. You have to deep-fry it before eating it.  It goes well with any kind of sauce: ketchup, curry, mustard and mayonnaise.

lunch

Bread
When it comes to lunch, the Dutch are quite boring. What’s eaten most often? Bread! We do have a broad variety of what we put on our bread, but still…
We have chocolate sprinkles (hagelslag), peanut butter, most eaten is probably cheese, chocolate paste, cold cuts. Funny thing is: you cannot buy this kind of lunch to go in supermarkets. It’s most often brought to work or school and it’s often prepared at home.

Another bread based lunch is ‘tosti’, it’s a grilled cheese sandwich. Most of the time with ham and cheese. It’s almost the same as the ‘croque monsieur’ from France.

Fish
When we’re out for a walk during lunch time, we tend to eat some fish. There are two very known fish dishes. The first is salt herring. RAW herring that it. With onions or on a bread (hey bread you again?). I’m no fan of herring at all , but don’t worry we have other fish! So don’t get discouraged after eating your first herring. Try ‘kibbeling’ instead, it is deep fried and could be any kind of fish. It used to be cod, but due to high cod prices now a days you can also get hake, coalfish or some other fish species. It’s kind of buying chicken nuggets, but then you eat fish instead. If you go for the kibbeling, you’ll probably be asked if you want some sauce with it. Go for the ‘ravigottesaus’, it’s a vinaigrette based sauces and tastes real good with your warm fish. You can also go for normal garlic sauce.

diner

 

Hutspot, Andijviestamppot and Boerenkool met worst
These three dishes are most likely eating during wintertime. It’s a heavy meal, very tasty and really made for the cold days. Imagine yourself having to bike home from work or school and it’s raining, it’s dark, it’s cold and you’re hungry … then this is what you should eat. All three dishes are based with boiled potatoes and vegetables. To make it taste even better we add meat to it: meatballs or sausages. If you’re in the Netherlands and want to try this, but not able to cook: every big supermarket sells them as microwave meals. I especially love the once from Albert Heijn, Holland’s biggest supermarket.

Erwtensoep
This is the Dutch word for pea soup. It’s a very thick substance and also often eaten in winter. If you see an ice skating rink, you probably will find pea soup there too. Those two go together like the Dutch and stroopwafels.  It’s really a meal to warm up, just like the winter story I told above.

Most common dish
The most eaten food our small little country must be boiled potatoes, some vegetables and a piece of meat. Those three pieces are undeniable when it comes to Dutch cuisine. It doesn’t really matter which veggies or what kind or meat, as long as they stay as a threesome, you’re good to go. You can also use baked potatoes instead of boiled once.

What about breakfast?
So now you’re probably questioning what we’re eating for breakfast. Well that’s not very special. We eat yogurt with muesli and bread just like our lunch.

Well I hope I gave you some new information about food in the Netherlands. These were just the most typical and common dishes/snacks the Dutch eat. Of course we do eat international dishes too like French fries, Indonesian food, Chinese, Thai, pasta’s and what not. We like to change our choice of food almost every day, especially when it comes to dinner dishes.

I'd love to hear from you.

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