Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Rotterdam is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Rotterdam to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Bitterbal: a savory snack containing a mixture of beef, beef broth, flour and butter for thickening, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Edam cheese: a type of cheese cheese with a pale yellow interior and a coat of red paraffin wax.
- Gouda cheese: a yellow cheese made from cow's milk.
- Kibbeling: small chunks of battered white fish.
- Leyden cheese: a yellow cumin spiced cheese made from semi-skimmed cow's milk.
- Pannekoek: pancakes filled with bacon, apples, cheese, or raisins.
- Aardappelsoep: a potato soup.
- Bruine Bonen Soep: a brown bean soup.
- Erwtensoep (Pea soup): a stew of green split peas, different cuts of pork, celeriac or stalk celery, onions, leeks, carrots, and often potato.
- Koninginnesoep: chicken stock, butter, flour, egg yolk, cream or milk.
- Huzarensla: meat and potato salad.
- Koolsla: cabbage salad.
- Stamppot Sla: floury potatoes, a vegetable stock cube, eggs, butter, hand-hot cream, salt and pepper, butter lettuce.
- Balkenbrij: pig's head without lower jaw, ham, water, salt, pepper, flour.
- Draadjesvlees: a beef and onion stew.
- Filosoof: beef, onions, bacon, beef stock, juniper berries, quinces, red lentils, parsley.
- Hollandse Hazenpeper met Kruidkoek: hare legs, 'Friese kruidkoek' or any gingerbread cake, tomato puree, onions, bay leaves and other ingredients.
- Hutspot: a dish that consists of mashed potatoes, onions and carrots.
- Kapucijnerschotel: bacon, shallots, leek, apple, minced beef, paprika, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, grey peas, salt and pepper.
- Knolselderij Stamppot: a potatoes and celery dish.
- Raw herring: raw herring served usually with onions.
- Slavinken: pork, bacon, salt, mace, pepper, nutmeg, breadcrumbs.
- Stamppot: a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables, sometimes also with bacon.
- Uitsmijter: fried eggs with ham and cheese served with a few slices of bread.
- Boterkoek: butter biscuits.
- Kerstkransjes: Christmas wreath cookies.
- Kruidnoten: self-rising flour, cane sugar, butter, milk, speculaaskruiden, egg, orange, baking soda.
- Oliebol: flour, eggs, yeast, some salt, milk, baking powder and usually sultanas, currants, raisins and sometimes apple pieces and zest or succade.
- Speculaas: shortcrust biscuits.
- Vla: a dessert made of cooked milk with custard, or with a combination of eggs, cornstarch, vanilla and sugar.
- Zeeuwse bolus: a sweet pastry covered with treacle and cinnamon.
- Frikandel: a long, skinless, dark-coloured sausage which consists of a mixture of pork, beef, chicken, and sometimes, horse meat.
- Kroket: deep fried meat ragout covered in breadcrumbs.
- Shoarma: pork, spiced lamb, chicken or rarely beef combined with salad and garlic sauce.
- Fried loempias: mild to hot flavored spring rolls.
- Stroopwafel: a waffle with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.
- Worstenbrood: a sausage baked in bread.
- Chocolademelk: a drink made of milk, sugar and cocoa powder.
- Advocaat: a rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy.
- Bischopswijn: mulled wine for St. Nicholas Eve.
- Boerenmeisjes: an alcoholic drink made with apricots and sherry or white wine.
- Brandewijn: brandy.
- Heineken: beer.
- Jenever: a high proof juniper-flavored spirit.
- Kandeel: made from white wine.
- Kraamanijs: a liquor made from aniseed.
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