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Now we’re not gonna be talking about Michelin standard cuisines here, but the dutch fingerbites and meals are on the list of Dutch must-tries on novelty value alone. From mini pancakes, raw herring, dutch cheeses to croquettes from a vending machine, the Netherlands offers the hungry traveller plenty of unique culinary experiences. Don’t go home without trying at least one of these traditional Dutch foods.
For those who have a thing for sweets, and happened to be in Holland. Don’t hesitate and just try a stroopwafel. These two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet syrup won’t disappoint. They are best served hot from a street market or bakery
If you’re a real pancake lover you can’t miss out on our traditional mini pancakes ‘poffertjes’ These little fluffy clouds of battery amazingness are served up at all pancake houses all over the country, sprinkle them with powdered sugar and let the good times roll.
Going out for a few drinks and forgot to grab something to eat, is probably not the smartest thing to do. But ‘bitterballen’ will be your best friend. Delicious, deep fried crispy meatballs served with mustard for dipping, these are the ultimate Dutch snack and can be found on almost all drinking establishments all over the country.
Liquorice eating in Holland is something of a national pastime, in fact our country boasts the highest consumption of these sweets in the whole world. If anyone in Holland offers you some licorice… and they will! BEWARE this is not liquorice as you know it, but a more salty, black version known as ‘drop’. Approach with caution, and don’t say we didn’t warn you.
This is a typical Dutch sandwich topping that can only to be found in the Netherlands, Belgium and some of the former Dutch colonies. these mouthwatering sweet sprinkles are available in a large choice of tempting colors and flavors. And Hagelslag is not only a hit with Dutch children, it’s extremely popular with grown-ups too.
Rookworst is a sausage made of ground meat mixed with spices and salt and is often served with dishes such as stamppot. A genuine rookworst is made in a smoke house using fresh wood chips. This big sausage is widely available at supermarkets and local butchers as it is very common in the Dutch cuisine. Be sure to try it if you can find it!
This is one for the cold winter evenings, stamppot is the ultimate Dutch comfort food, translated literally as ‘mash pot’, this traditional dish involves potatoes mashed together with other vegetables, and is usually served with a big juicy sausage known as ‘knakworst’
Cheese is very important to our country. Coming in many forms and tastes, it’s a delicious experience you should not miss out on. After visiting one of many ‘kaas’ shops or markets and tasting Gouda, Geitenkaas or Maasdammerkaas you can go home knowing you experienced a genuine, century old Dutch experience..
Raw herring may sound a little scary at first, but every visitor to Holland should undoubtedly give it a try. All over the Netherlands you’ll find herring carts serving up this Dutch specialty, just walk up and ask for a ‘broodje haring’ to get the fish served in a small sandwich with onions and pickles.