Literally oil balls, eaten during funfairs or Christmas. It’s basically a fried dough served with powdered sugar. They also often contain currants, raisins or pieces of apple.
I guess those who visited Holland know that hagelslag – chocolate sprinkles, are the most important part of Dutch breakfast or lunch as eaten on bread. Sounds weird, but it’s actually tasty.
Dutchies also use hagelslag for baby showers – by eating blue or pink sprinkles.
According to Wikipedia, hagelslag was first invented in 1936 by the Venz company in response to letters from a five-year-old boy, H. Bakker, asking for a chocolate bread topping. It’s possible that the chocolate sprinkles were really just for himself.
Literally pepper nuts, are spicy small biscuits associated with Sinterklaas day on the 6th of December. They have the shape of a half sphere, are hard and crispy, and have a typical ‘speculaas’ flavor.
7. Dutch cheese
Somehow some wheels are even bigger than my whole body… You’ll struggle not to try cheese in the Netherlands – it’s everywhere!
8. Loempias & Kaasbroodjes
More cheese products! There is a problem with classification of loempias, since spring rolls are obviously Vietnamese. In Holland, however they are filled with cheese. Kaasbrodjes are simply French pastries filled with cheese.
Pancakes, are well known all over the world. Dutch pancakes are a mixture of French crepes and American pancakes – big and thick. Personally I prefer crepes.
Those small, fried, bread-crumbed balls contain a mixtures of veal and beef ragout to go with mustard. Usually served as snacks accompanied with drinks.
This dish is a mixture of mashed potatoes, other veggies – onion, cabbage, lettuce, carrot etc and smoked sausage called rookworst. It’s eaten with a My personal preference is stampot made of potatoes, spinach, onion, mushrooms and bacon. Must be served with gravy and you’re supposed to make a small hole in mash and fill it with the sauce, known in Dutch as a kuiltje jus (little gravy pit).
Dutchies love fries, and fries need a sauce. That’s where joppie comes along. It’s a mixture of onion and curry with mayo. Very unhealthy, like most of the Dutch specialties.
Last but not least comes a symbolic for Holland raw herring. I was quite skeptic to try this RAW herring covered with onion, however when I finally got convinced to do so I’ve realized it simply tastes like a pickled herring. Yum! To eat it the traditional way: tip your head back, grab the fish by the tail and bite upwards!