Food of Netherlands: Famous Dutch Dishes
6 months ago
It is quite obvious that after roaming and admiring the places of the Netherlands, you would like to grab something to eat. So, why not try the traditional dishes of the Netherlands. Dutch Food is quite popular among people who love to try new cuisines.
Below are some of the famous Dutch dishes that you would want to have a taste of:
Haring or Herring
Haring is a popular dish that belongs to the Netherlands. This Dutch dish is also known as Hollandse Nieuwe. If you love to fish in your meals then you should try this delicacy of the Netherlands. The raw herring is served with onions and gherkins. Not only the dish but the style of eating this dish is also traditional. One can have it in little pieces or as a sandwich topping called ‘broodje haring’. An interesting fact about Haring is that it is called ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’ only during May and July because the specific fish is caught in these months.
This other Dutch dish which is loved by many is Stroopwafel. This is a delicacy of the Netherland is famous throughout the world is basically a pastry. The originality of the dish can be traced to Gouda in the 18th-19th century. It is a kind of like waffle, made with butter and stuffed with sweet syrup. The batter of the waffle is made of butter, yeast, milk, flour, brown sugar, and eggs. You can get this food at any of the restaurants in Amsterdam. Just like Dutch people love this food, you will fall in love with this one for sure.
Dutch Dishes are best when it comes to snacks. Kroket is a deep-fried roll filled with meat ragout covered in breadcrumbs. The original Kroket of Dutch is made of beef or veal. While some use flavors like shrimps, chicken satay, goulash. This Dutch dish can be eaten alone or can be served on sliced white bread with mustard.
Dutch has its own version of French fries and it is one of the delicious dutch dishes. Their version may be known as Frites, Frits, Vlaamse frieten, or Patat. These Patats are quite thicker than the normal loved French Fries. It is served with a lot of toppings like tomato ketchup, curry, mayonnaise, or peanut sauce. One such variation of this food item is Patatje Oorlog or Fries at War, which is mayonnaise, chopped onions, and peanut sauce as toppings. These are usually served in a box or a paper cone.
This is a famous traditional dutch dish and is loved by the people there. It resembles a small pancakes but is much softer and fluffier. The main ingredients of these Poffertjes are yeast and buckwheat flour. It is then cooked and served with butter and powdered sugar. This delicacy is easily available in the country during winters at an outdoor stand. Some of the other toppings of this dish include syrup and strawberries and whipped cream. The taste of this dish is something you cannot miss in the Netherlands.
Bitter Ballen is among the traditional cuisines of Dutch people. It is easily available at any of the bars and cafés in the Netherlands and tastes delicious with beer. Bitterballen are deeply fried meatballs served with mustard. The meatballs have a breadcrumb coating and a soft filling. These are served hot. The stuffed filling inside the balls is made of beef broth, butter, beef, flour, and spices. ‘Bitterballen’ resembles that of ‘kroketten’ in their ingredients and preparation but has a great taste.
Lekkerbekje / Kibbeling
This Dutch dish is a delicious variety of fish. ‘Lekkerbekje’ and ‘Kibbeling’ simply mean battered and deep-fried white fish. The fish could be whiting or codfish from the North Sea. The small difference between the two dishes is that the ‘kibbeling’ is sliced and cut into small chunks whereas ‘lekkerbekje’ is not. This fish variety is loved by most of the people who love fish. So if you crave a fish dish then you should try these. Kibbeling is served with sauces like garlic sauce or remoulade sauce. You can grab a bite on these at any of the seafood stalls.
‘Drop’ sound interesting? Well tastes even better. It is better known as licorice in general terms. This traditional dish of the Netherlands is highly consumed in the entire world. ‘Drop’ or licorice comes in various sizes and flavors. Popular is sweet licorice and salty licorice. This sweet and salty candy will also help you have a small snack on your trip to this country.
Talking about Dutch food and if cheese is not mentioned, then it is incomplete. The Dutch people are known for making cheese since 800 B.C. Also, the country Netherlands is famous for being the largest cheese exporter in the world. Cheese is so popular here that people consume cheese for breakfast, lunch, or in dinner. They also use cheese in their delicacies. Edam and Gouda are the popular cheese and cheese markets of the country.
Oliebollen can be called oil balls and is a part of the traditional dishes of the Netherlands. This Dutch food is deep-fried dough balls. The balls are made of salt, flour, milk, eggs, baking powder, and yeast. This food item is somewhat like a doughnut and served on New Year’s Eve. These are easily available at the street stands in the country and are served with powdered sugar.