What to eat in Amsterdam

by Female Abroad

There is little doubt that the colourful and varied Dutch capital has a rich culinary tradition that will thrill visitors in every way, even though it may be better known for its Red Light district and windmills than for its cuisine. Knowing about and enjoying the food is an important aspect of the stay for many travellers staying in Amsterdam. But what exactly qualifies as typical Dutch cuisine and what should you avoid?

Haring 'Hollandse Nieuwe'

This is the one for you if you enjoy fish! Perhaps the most well-known Dutch meal is "new herring," which must be caught between May and July and served according to custom in order to be considered authentic. This herring, which has been cleaned and preserved in a certain manner, is sold all around the city and is frequently eaten as a street snack. The fish is typically consumed whole, head first, and is served with chopped raw onions and gherkins. If you don't feel like eating it the way the Dutch do, you may alternatively get it diced up and placed into sandwiches (called "broodje haring") instead.

Cheese "Kaas"

The Dutch have been producing cheese for for 2,000 years, making them the greatest cheese exporter in the world. So it is fair to say that the Dutch are known for their cheese, which they consume at all hours of the day. Every morning, cheese is always included in the breakfast options andconsumed in every form here, whether it be on sandwiches, in dishes, or cubed and served with mustard and beer. The most popular Dutch cheeses are Gouda and Edam, although there are many more. Make sure to head to the Reypenaer's Tasting Room for a real, authentic cheese tasting experience.

Syrup Waffle "Stroopwafel"

I became addicted to these with my tea. There are many other pastry-style treats than profiteroles and pancakes that are ideal for a morning cup of coffee. The most well-known variety is called a "stroopwafel" and is a wafer-thin waffle prepared from flaky batter that is sliced and filled with sticky, sweet syrup in between the layers. This mouthwatering pastry, which hails from Gouda, a city south of the capital, is sold in every city store but is best appreciated while it is still warm from the oven. If that is not an option, they fit perfectly on top of a cup of tea or coffee which slowly warms them back up for you to enjoy. Just don't dip them as they will fall apart.

If you're willing to take some risks, you'll find a cuisine unlike any other that will both amaze and excite you.