What better way to learn about a country’s culture and history than what they eat, right? Experience Netherlands through the myriad of different food they offer.
Traditional Dutch dishes are heavy on cheese and carbs, with rich flavors for your tastebuds to explore. While they are not the healthiest, it will definitely satisfy your stomach, giving you another reason to love this country.
Known as one of the national dishes of the Netherlands, Stamppot is a hearty and comforting dish made of mashed potatoes and vegetables. A traditional stamppot dish includes sauerkraut, carrots, onions and kale, served with sausage. While this dish may seem simple, it is filling and suitable for the winter.
There are different pancakes you can try when visiting the Netherlands.
- Dutch Pancakes
Unlike other pancakes you have heard of, Dutch pancakes are large and thin pancakes, topped with a variety of sweet and savory toppings. These pancakes have more of a crepe like consistency, rather than a thick and fluffy American pancake.
This is a traditional Dutch batter treat, made with yeast and buckwheat flour. While they look like baby pancakes, they are small and fluffy, typically served with butter and powdered sugar.
These pancakes are an all-time favourite when visiting the Netherlands, especially during winter.
These pancakes are crepe-like and large, as compared to regular pancakes. These pancakes are traditionally eaten with treacle and topped with savoury ingredients including cheese and mushrooms.
Pannekoeken is usually eaten as a main course, also popular for children’s birthdays. But that doesn’t stop the Dutch from eating this dish at other times of the day. This dish can also be topped with savoury toppings including syrup and powdered sugar.
While raw herring may sound intimidating, it is one of the most famous Dutch dishes. Raw herring is usually served with onions and gerkins, best eaten between May and July. During these months, herring is known to be at its sweetest.
This dish is also prepared traditionally — conserved in a special way after being cleaned. Try eating raw herring the traditional way, by lifting the herring by its tail and eating it upwards. Alternatively, you can eat this dish on a sandwich (broodje haring).
This is a popular Dutch snack similar to Spanish croquettes. This snack consists of meat ragout covered in breadcrumbs and fried. While it is mostly eaten as a snack, it can also be served on bread.
This snack can be found everywhere in the Netherlands, even in McDonalds. If you are in Netherlands, look out for Dutch vending machines that offer this snack. Although this is not the healthiest snack, it is creamy and comforting!
Do note that krokets can be very hot on the inside, especially if it just got out of the fryer.
Similar to a kroket, bitterballen are breaded balls filled with gravy and fried to be golden brown. This snack is traditionally eaten with beer. These balls are deep fried and crispy, perfect as a pub snack.
This snack is very similar to a kroket, in terms of how it is cooked and prepared. Similarly, do be careful when eating especially when it has just gotten out of the fryer.
Translating to oil balls, oliebollen are deep fried sweet dumplings that are dusted in powdered sugar. This dessert is a favourite during New Years Eve, a practice originating since the Middle Ages.
This dessert has various names including Dutch donuts, smoutballen, croustillons, and more. They also often contain raisins and candied fruits.
The Dutch gives a twist to a traditional apple pie we all know and love. Unlike regular apple pie, Dutch apple pie is usually covered in a crumb strudel, rather than a pie crust.
The Dutch apple pie is also less sweet that American apple pies, and densely stacked with apples, cinnamon and raisins. It is also known as a quintessential Dutch dessert, and has been for 500 years.
If you are looking for a sweet treat, stroopwafels are the way to go. This dessert consists of sweet syrup stuck between two thin layers of waffles. Eating this fresh will result in gooeyness from the syrup and crispness from the waffles.
This dessert originated from Gouda, south of Amsterdam and created by a baker who wanted to use leftovers from the bakery. Today, you are able to find stroopwafels all around Netherlands, even in supermarkets.