15 Dutch Foods You Should Try At Least Once

Dutch food may not be as well-known as French or Chinese cuisine but there are many local delights which should be tried at least once when traveling to the land of tulips. After living there for six months, I still hold some of these delicious pieces of culinary heaven close to my heart.

Here are 15 Dutch foods you should try at least once. Maybe twice, if you like.

poffertjes

POFFERTJES

These small, fluffy puffed pancakes are usually made with yeast and buckwheat flour and are prepared in a special pan with several shallow indentations to hold the batter. Typically topped with powdered sugar and butter, this traditional Dutch food is consumed more often in fall and winter (image source).

appeltaart

APPELTAART

This is one of my absolute favorites. Dutch appeltaart is known for its delicious cakeish bottom and lattice constructed top; together with cinnamon, sugar and lemon-flavored-apple-sliced filling. Each slice is usually served with a dollop of whipped cream (image source).

bitterballen

BITTERBALLEN

 

These are one of the more popular pub snacks consisting of deep fried crispy meatballs, served with mustard for dipping (image source).

Smoked sausage.

ROOKWORST

 

Made with ground meat, spices and salt; this sausage is usually served with other dishes such as stamppot (image source).

stroopwafels

STROOPWAFELS

Another one of my Dutch food vices – this delicious chewy cookie was first made in the town of Gouda during the 18th century. Basically it’s a waffle shaped cookie made from two thin layers of batter with a sticky syrupy filling in the middle; they are particularly good when placed over a hot cup of coffee, allowing the gooey syrup to melt. Heavenly (image source).

hollandse-haring

HOLLANDSE HARING

Raw herring is a very traditional Dutch food and should be tried at least once when visiting The Netherlands. Traditionally eaten by holding the fish tail-end and dunking it into your mouth with your head thrown back, this can be a little scary! But for the not so daring, it can be eaten in bite size pieces with some chopped onions or on a sandwich called broodje haring (image source).

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GOUDSE KAAS

Whilst being commonly known as cheese named after the beautiful town of Gouda, this cheese is not actually made there. Rather, it received its name because farmers brought their cheeses to the Gouda markets to sell and trade (image source).

drop

DROP

Drop is the Dutch word for licorice and this candy is loved all throughout The Netherlands. With a variety of sizes and flavors from sweet to salty; hard to soft –there is something for everyone. There are several varieties in almost every shop so be sure to look out for them (image source).

dutch-fries

FRIET MET MAYO

More affectionately known as fries with mayo – this is not just any fries, it’s thick cut fries usually served in a hot paper cone slathered with a huge dollop of mayo. So. Good. Especially on a cold day (image source).

kibbeling

KIBBELING

If you’re a little scared to try raw herring, that’s okay – you can still try kibbeling! Usually sold hot and fresh at street markets; kibbeling consists of delicious battered, deep fried pieces of white fish served with a mayonnaise-like herb sauce and drops of lemon (image source).

febo

SNACKS FROM A VENDING MACHINE

If you’re feeling munchy after a long night out on the town and need a quick snack, then croquettes from a little hole-in-the-wall café is just what you need. Stop by any Febo and here you’ll find little vending machines stocked with hamburgers, croquettes and more (image source).

oliebollen

OLIEBOLLEN

 

Imagine deep fried sweet balls of dough usually dusted in powdered sugar. Delicious (image source).

stampot

STAMPPOT

The ultimate Dutch comfort food, stamppot usually consists of mashed potatoes and a range of other vegetables like sauerkraut, carrots and onions (image source).

erwtensoep

ERWTENSOEP

Also known as snert, this is a thick pea soup usually made from split green peas and other vegetables like celery, onions, leeks, carrots and potatoes. You may even have some slice of smoked sausage added in just before eating. Usually served with a piece of rye bread, this soup is traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day (image source).

speculaas

SPECULAAS

 

Another one of my favorite vices, these gingery spiced biscuits and usually served around Sinterklaas time and can be pretty addictive (image source).

hagelslag

HAGELSLAG

Also known as sprinkles, the Dutch eat this heavenly glitter on bread with butter for breakfast! Yum! Yum! (image source)

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Hi World! I'm Shal - an environmental microbiologist, writer, teacher and artist from Durban, South Africa. I've spent the last two years traveling and teaching Chemistry and English to young kids in Asia. Life of Shal was founded as a way to share travel experiences, tips and other worldly magic with you! Join me on my journey!

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