Although it is fair to say that Dutch cuisine is not as internationally renowned as the food from other European countries such as Spain, France and Italy; that does not mean you should not try some local food when holidaying in Holland. As you will see in the following article, there are some very delicious authentic Dutch dishes and delicacies that you should try at least once.
While it is very popular here in the UK, liquorice actually originates from the Netherlands. People do tend to either love it or hate it. If you one of the people that loves it, there is much to get excited about while in Holland. Liquorice comes in 4 different drop types – hard salt, hard sweet, soft salt and soft sweet. It also comes in a variety of different flavours including coconut fondant (often referred to as English liquorice), laurel, salammoniac, mint and honey.
Bitterballen are essentially the Dutch version of meatballs. Meat formed into circles and covered in breadcrumbs and normally served with mustard. They can be found just about anywhere, from restaurants to snack bars and even at parties and formal events.
Boerenkool Served With Sausage
Boerenkool is one of Holland’s most popular and oldest dishes and is a tasty combination of curly kale and potatoes served with mustard, gravy and some lovely rookworst sausage. As boerenkool is very high in carbs, it is particularly popular during the winter time.
As you probably know, the people of Holland love cheese. Cheese and other dairy products are one of the things that Dutch people are most famous for, besides the red light district and their liberal views of cannabis use. Most Dutch cheese is either semi-hard or hard, but there is a lot to choose from. There are plenty of neutral cheeses, but if you are feeling a little more adventurous you should try one blended with spices or herbs. Nagelkaas for instance, is very popular, and has cloves blended into it.
It’s not just savoury dishes that Dutch people excel at, take stroopwafel for instance. This is a syrupy/caramel waffle which consists of a wafer-thin waffle made in a pizelle pan. When it is ready to eat, it is sliced horizontally and then the light syrupy caramel sauce is drizzled over one half with the other placed on top like a sandwich.
Vlaii is a tart or pie from Limburg that features a pastry and filling. They normally have a diameter of 27 to 30 centimetres and are available with a variety of different fillings including plums, strawberries, apricot and cherries. Although they are often eaten at funerals, birthdays and other life events; you should try and make the effort to try one while you are there on holiday.
Raw Herring and Onions
This might not be to everyone’s taste but, if you are looking for a new culinary experience, Hollandse Nieuwe, or raw herring is something you should try. It is normally served alongside chopping gherkins and raw onions. The most intriguing thing is how Dutch people eat it though. They lift the fish high in the air by the tail and then bite upwards. If you are too self-conscious for that, raw herring is also available served soft white bread buns.
If you like the idea of visiting Holland, and want some more inspiration on what to do while you’re their, head over to the Travel Trout blog because they have plenty of ideas on what you can do while you’re visiting this area!