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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Rotterdam is complete without tasting the traditional Rotterdam 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.



  • 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.

Main courses

  • 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.

Fast food

  • 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.

Street food

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

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