The Netherlands may not be famous for their cuisine, but there are some wonderful creations available all over Holland that you must try on your next visit. Trust me, they are worth the travel. Here’s few of my favourites from my recent trip to beautiful Maastricht in the south of the country.
In Dutch; kipsate, this is the ultimate comfort food. Chicken, or sometimes pork, is drenched in a wonderful deep brown peanut sauce, served with fries and salad, it is simply delicious. The perfect dinner after a hard days sightseeing.
Bitterballen are possibly my favourite Dutch food item that sadly you can’t seem to get anywhere back in the UK. Served with creamy mustard sauce, these croquette style snacks are rich beef stew wrapped in crispy breadcrumbs. It may not sound particlarly special but believe me, sit in a bar in the sunshine with these and a beer, and you’ll be happy for the rest of the day.
Resembling a large biscuit, stroopwafels are two thin waffles with sweet cinnamon caramel sndwiched in the middle. Yes, they really are as good as they sound. A tip to make them even better, balance one on top of a cup of tea to warm the caramel and make it even more delicious.
Loempias are Vietnamese spring rolls that are a popular snack from street food stalls in Belgium and the Netherlands. Crispy and served with a choice of chilli or sweet and sour sauce they are a great snack.
Most often found in the Limburg region of Holland (home to wonderful Maastricht), vlaai is a Dutch fruit pastry pie. Available with a variety of different fillings, such as cherry, apricot, apple and even chocolate or stroopwafel, a slice of vlaai is lovely with a cut of coffee for elevenses.
So next time you’re planning a trip to the Netherlands don’t forget to make time to try these wonderful treats.
You won’t regret it.