Ten Local Foods You Must Try in The Netherlands

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Stroopwafel is passé. There’s so much more to Dutch food that the delicious treat you see in many Amsterdam travel photos. The Dutch cuisine is unique and heavily influenced by Indonesian colonial influences.

The Dutch traditional cuisine is a delight for carb-lovers. It’s veg- and cheese-rich. There are many delicious flavors to discover, including rich flavors such as spiced apples and local cheeses like Edam and Gouda. Your taste buds will be grateful!

Fun fact: Orange carrots were actually created in the Netherlands. They were available in many colors, and still are! The Dutch came up with the idea of creating an orange carrot to honor the Royal Family. It did have some significance. It paid tribute to William of Orange. Now ya know!

Kroket

The Dutch are close to Indonesia and its many delicious dishes. Legend has it that Kroket is one such dish.

Kroket is a popular Indonesian fast food item. Kroket is a twist on the traditional meat and potato dish. It’s ragout and meat that are stuffed in breadcrumbs and deep-fried.

Bitterballen

You will find bitterballen at almost all fast-food restaurants, much like kroket or croquette.

These balls of deep-fried beef are often served with a cold beer. These can be made with beef, veal or any other meat and served with a variety of sauces. There are many places that offer vegetarian mushroom options. These are amazing.

Herring

Let me tell you, Dutch brined herring (also known as maatjesharing, soused herring) is a common Dutch snack. You must try Dutch cuisine at least once if you want to truly understand the culture.

Soused herring can be eaten plainly or with a few chopped onions. To really enjoy this dish the Dutch way, you will need to make a show of it.

Grab the entire herring and then lift it by its tail. Then, slide it into your mouth headfirst. Keep your camera handy! It’s possible that you will never see anyone again drinking Dutch brined herring.

Poffertjes

Here’s one that you’ll find much more delicious than pickled fish: Poffertjes can be described as little pancakes made from buckwheat. These pancakes are light and fluffy and served with butter, powdered sugar, or syrup.

Pannenkoeken is also a popular choice.

These are very similar to poffertjes, with some minor differences in the preparation. Poffertjes can be thought of more as American pancakes, while pannenkoeken look more like crepes (though they are a bit thicker). Poffertjes can be sweet or savory, but you’ll still find pannenkoeken.

Stamppot

It will usually consist of a smoked sausage layered on top of a heap of vegetables. The veg usually includes sauerkraut, kale or spinach. It is also known as hutspot when carrot and onion are added.

It’s a hearty winter dish that is very popular.

It is also difficult to define. There are many things that can go wrong, such as sauerkraut and pineapple mixed with pear. It’s almost like ordering pizza in America. While there are some basic varieties, you can find endless combinations of toppings.

Hagelslag

You can imagine your eight-year old self making your first breakfast.

We are talking about chocolate sprinkled buttered bread. It’s incredible! It’s available in all major supermarkets. Stock up on it if you have a sweet tooth.

It’s not much different from how Americans usually cover donuts with sprinkles, if you think about it!

Bami Goreng

Another amazing dish we can thank Indonesia is mie goreng (also known as bakmi or bami goreng). This spicy, fried noodles dish is popular in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia and Singapore. Singapore has some of the most delicious food on the planet. ).

There are many variations, but this is spicy noodle perfection.

Erwtensoep

Mid-December through early January are the Netherlands’ peak season. It’s cold, grey and rainy, but it is so worth it! You will need to try erwtensoep as a way to stay warm while the tourists leave.

Appeltaart

It’s not American apple pie-style, but it does have some of the same basic ingredients. There are two options: some that are very tall and packed with apples, while others look more like a tart covered in sweet apple goodness.

Appeltaart is everywhere in the Netherlands.

Bonus

Let’s talk about treats!

These are just a few of my favorite sweets. You must try stroopwafels if you’ve never had one. They can be found in almost any grocery store or on the streets. These can be found at almost any Starbucks in Europe.

Stroopwafels are best eaten by placing them on top your coffee cup. Allow them to warm up, then pour the hot batter into your cup.

If you’re lucky enough to visit the Netherlands during Christmas, be sure to keep an eye out for speculaas cookies.

These cookies are popular at Christmas, even though they can be found all year.

These delicious cookies are full of festive flavors such as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Sinterklaasavond, the holiday of St. Nick, is celebrated at the beginning of December. This is when the Dutch give gifts. Speculaas cookies are the most common present.