6/25/12

What to eat in Amsterdam

amsterdam things
To learn more about the Amsterdam people? we collect typically amsterdam things for your. let's start with food





Haring:
In ancient times the economics of Amsterdam where dominated by beer and..........: Herring! Since the Dutch invention of 'haringkaken' -removing the guts from the fish to slow down the fermentation- in the 12th century the Dutch fishermen could catch more herring so could make more profit. Today you still can find traces of this phenomena in the streets of Amsterdam: Many small fish kiosk sell the best quality of herring almost 12 hours a day.

Zuurwaren:
Amsterdam is famous about her tradition in pickles. Since the city holds the biggest Jewish society of The Netherlands the jews founded their own industry of pickling cucumbers, unions, red cabbage, beetroot, etc. etc. Still now you can find in all supermarkets and many small kiosk along the road the finest pickles canned, behind glass or sold separately. Interesting is that the taste is very different than foreign pickles: The taste of Amsterdam pickles has traces of the ancient trades with the far east so don't be surprised when you taste for example mace in your pickled cucumbers!


Krentjes:
The newborn parents of Amsterdam give this small boxes of raisins to their toddlers to keep them busy. The parents think that this is a healthy version of the candies that we used to play with......


Osseworst:
'Osseworst' is a sausage originating in Amsterdam, which was made of oxen.

This specialty has its origins in the seventeenth century, when large-scale cattle were imported from Denmark and Germany. The spices in the sausage, such as pepper, cloves, mace and nutmeg, came from the Dutch East Indies.

Traditionally, beef sausage made from aged meat is smoked at low temperatures, so the meat remains raw. Very popular unther the Jewish society since beef-meat can be kosher.


Kroket:
'Kroket' as typical snack in most snack bars sold. For the typical Dutch 'Automatiek' -a device in a wall where you could throw in a coin and open a small door to get you desired snack- they are very important, because they are easy to handle, they can in advance be prepared by (as opposed to chips), and thus easy to obtain, and their taste even after half an hour, still keeping warm storage. They are loose, or on a bun ("bun croquette"). The 'Febo kroket' is delicious; try one and you'll have to admit that I am right!


Gehaktballen:
Meatballs the Amsterdam way.

In early times the famous Amsterdam neighborhood 'De Jordaan' was a very poor neighborhood. The Jordaan people used to fill the empty stomach of the working men by making a certain kind of meatballs with a combination of eggs, milk, old bread and.........

Here the talking historical sources contradict each other! One says the Jordaan people used to mix veal meat with cutted prawn, the other says they mixed veal meat with pig meat to keep the expenses down.

Both results are delicious and should be tried at home!


Stroopwafel:
Actually not founded in Amsterdam but in Gouda, the Stroopwafel (syrup waffle) is a popular snack eaten in Amsterdam. Normally sold in supermarkets packed by dozen you can buy them fresh made on several daily markets as 'de Albert Cuyp market' or 'Dappermarket'.

Funny detail: At sundays, when there is no market so the street is empty you can easely find where stays normally the market stall where the stroopwafels are made: on the tarmac you'll see many many spots from petrified chewing gum :)

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