BitterballenSo you went out for a few drinks. You forgot to eat dinner. Those 8% Belgian beers are beginning to take their toll. What to do? The answer is in the bitterballen. Delicious,deep fried crispy meatballs traditionally served with mustardfor dipping theyre the ultimate in Dutch pub snacks and can be found on the menu at mostAmsterdam drinking establishments.
StroopwafelIf you try one Dutch sweet treat, make it a stroopwafel. Two thin waffles stuck together with a layer of sweet syrup; these delectable delicacies arebest enjoyed hot and gooeyfrom astreet market or bakery.
Thick Dutch friesYes, but not just any fries. Trust us. You might see these thick cut fries calledpatatorfriteson menus, and traditionally they come served in a piping hot paper cone slathered with any manner of tasty toppings.Ask for 'patatje oorlog'for a dollop of peanut satay sauce, mayo and onions, or a 'patat speciaal' for a mix of curry ketchup, mayonnaise and onions.
Raw herringRaw herring may sound a little scary to the uninitiated, but every visitor to Netherlands should give it a go. Youll spot haringhandels (herring carts) serving up this Dutch speciality all over the city -ask for a broodje haring to get the fish served in a small sandwichwith pickles and onions. The best time to try raw herring is between May and July when the herring is said to be at its sweetest.
KibbelingIf youre not feeling quite brave enough to try raw herring (see above), then you can still get your fishy fix from kibbeling battered and deep fried morsels of white fish; usually cod. Theyre every bit as delicious as they look, and usually served with a mayonaisey herb sauce and lemon.Try it hot and fresh from a street market or food truckfor the best kibbeling experience.
OliebollenThe name literally means oil balls - but dont let that put you off. Essentially they aredeep fried sweet dumplings(sometimes containing fruit pieces) and dusted in powdered sugar, and theyre so delicious that they only come out around New Years Eve, just before the January diet kicks in.
StamppotOne for cold winter evenings, stamppot is theultimate Dutch comfort food, not dissimilar to British Bubble & Squeak. Translated literally as mash pot, this traditional dish involves potatoes mashed with other vegetables traditional stamppot includes various combinations of sauerkraut, carrot, onion or kale - and is usually served with a big juicy sausage.
Dutch liquoriceLiquorice eating in Holland is something of a national pastime in fact the country boasts the highest per-capita consumption of the sweet in the whole world. But if anyone in Holland offers you some licorice (and they will).This is not liquorice as you know it, but a more salty, black version known as drop. Approach with caution, and dont say we didnt warn you.
SnertHollands version of pea soup is athick green stew of split peas, pork, celery, onions and leeks, and contrary to its name, its completely delicious. Widely consumed all over the Netherlands, snert makes for a hearty winter snack traditionally served up by street vendors toice skaters on the frozen canals.