Traditional Amsterdam Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Amsterdam is complete without tasting the traditional Amsterdam food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Amsterdam to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Bitterballen: deep-fried balls of meat ragout covered in breadcrumbs.
- Edam cheese: tastes soft and has a nutty flavour.
- Garnalenkroketten: Dutch shrimp croquettes.
- Kaasstengels: fried cheese sticks.
- Aardappelsoep: potato soup.
- Aspergesoep: asparagus soup.
- Bloemkoolsoep: cauliflower soup.
- Bruine Bonen Soep: brown bean soup.
- Erwtensoep: thick soup made of peas with chunks of smoked sausage.
- Mosterd Soep: Dutch mustard soup.
- Oud Hollandse tomatensoep: old Dutch tomato soup.
- Coleslaw: type of salad consisting primarily of shredded raw cabbage.
- Dutch apple salad: ham, apples, potatoes, eggs, pickles, buttermilk dressing.
- Hot Dutch Potato Salad: potato salad.
- Huzarensalade: salad made with potatoes, beef, apples, pickles and sometimes onions.
- Rode Kool Met Appeltjes: red cabbage and apple salad.
- Boerenkoolstamppot: potatoes, kale and succulent smoked sausage.
- Dutch Rabbit: rabbit, salt, pepper, butter, water, onion, bouquet garni.
- Fricassee: stewed dish typically made with poultry, cooked in white gravy.
- Hachee: traditional Dutch stew based on diced meat, fish or bird, and vegetables.
- Hete bliksem: boiled potatoes and green apples, served with "stroop" (syrup) or tossed with diced speck.
- Hutspot: dish of boiled and mashed potatoes, carrots and onions.
- Jachtschotel: potatoes, meat, onion, butter, apples, breadcrumbs, pepper and ground cloves.
- Slavinken: beef and pork wrapped in bacon, and cooked in butter or vegetable oil.
- Stamppot: traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables, sometimes also with bacon.
- Vijfschaft: a dish made with beans, vegetable and sausage.
- Zomerse stoofschotel: summer stew made with baby carrots, green beans, celery, potatoes and cheese.
- Bacon & Apple Pancakes: pancakes with apple, bacon and syrup.
- Boterkoek: Dutch buttercake.
- Griesmeelpudding: semolina pudding.
- Kletskoppen: thin and crunchy biscuit.
- Krentenwegge: raisin bread.
- Muisjes: a traditional Dutch open-faced sandwich topping, very similar to nonpareils.
- Paasbrood: sweet Easter bread or buns.
- Pannenkoeken: Dutch pancake, also known as Dutch apple pancake.
- Poffertjes: Dutch pancakes.
- Rijstebrij: Dutch rice pudding.
- Speculaas: type of shortcrust biscuit.
- Spekkoek: Dutch-Indonesian layered cake.
- Stoofperen: stewed pears.
- Stollen: traditional Dutch oval-shaped fruited Christmas bread loaf.
- Tompoes: rectangular pastry with two layers of puff pastry, with smooth pink (or white) icing.
- Vla: custard.
- Frikandel: sort of minced-meat hot dog.
- Kaassouflé: fried puff pastry dough with a small amount of cheese in the center.
- Kibbeling: small chunks of battered white fish.
- Kroket: deep-fried meat ragout covered in breadcrumbs.
- Rollmops: pickled herring fillets.
- Herring & Herb Relish: made with chopped herring and onions, olive oil and parsley.
- Oliebol: variety of deep-fried dumpling, made from flour, eggs, yeast, milk, baking powder and usually sultanas, currants, raisins or apple pieces.
- Patat Oorlog: dutch fries with mayonnaise and peanut sauce.
- Stroopwafel: a waffle made from two thin layers of baked batter with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.
- Anijsmelk: aniseed milk.
- Hot chocolate: heated beverage typically consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate buds or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar.
- Koffie verkeerd: the Dutch version of a "Café au Lait".
- Slemp: milk, tea, cinnamon, cloves, saffron, sugar.
- Advocaat: rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy.
- Amstel: a Dutch beer.
- Beerenburg: a Dutch drink, made by adding herbs to jenever, with about 30% alcohol.
- Boerenmeisjes: brandied apricots.
- Citroenpunch: rum, arak or cognac, sugar, water, lemon peel, lemons.
- Grolsch: a famous beer in the Netherlands.
- Heineken: 5% abv pale lager.
- Hippocras: wine mixed with sugar and spices, most notably cinnamon, and possibly heated.
- Jenever: juniper-flavored and strongly alcoholic traditional liquor of the Netherlands.
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