Dutch food

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RizzoTheRat

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Sunday 12th August 2018
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I'm now ensconsed in a temporary apartment in Scheveningen while I look for a longer term place, and as usual my thought turn to food.

I can't quite bring myself to have chocolate sprinkles on toast, but am giving Ontbijtkoek a try for breakfast this morning. For someone who's used to cereal for breakfast it's a bit too sweet. I think uitsmijter is more my kind of breakfast. Cereal seems relatively uncommon, Albert Heijn have a pretty poor selection and Hoogleivet didn't seem to have any.

Obviously I've got in to stroopwaffels in a big way, and am partial to a gevulde koek, but what else should I be looking for?

Looking at the size of the kitchens in most of the places I'm looking at it seems most people eat out rather than cook around here though,

RizzoTheRat

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Sunday 12th August 2018
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Looks like zuurvlees is a Limburg thing, do they talk to the South Hollanders for recipes like that get around? biggrin

Not found an AH XL yet, looks like there's one not too far away. Need to buy a bike first though.


Edited by RizzoTheRat on Sunday 12th August 11:48

troc

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139 months

Friday 31st August 2018
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Dutch food is based around bread and milk. They aren’t very adventurous. Try a patat oorlog at a chip shop. Or a kapsalon at a kebabshop.

You should be able to get the basic cereals at any AH or jumbo supermarket. They also stock things like Dorset cereals usually but, jneeed, not a massive selection.

You could always order from AH online. Decent selection and they deliver until late in the evening so pretty convenient.

Most delivery takeaway happens through Thuisbezorgd.nl or Deliveroo.

There’s a decent Pathé cinema near the beach.

Dutch bikes are stupidly expensive. Even second-hand. Now is not the best time to buy as university has just started but you should be ok in scheveningen as there’s no uni there smile just make sure you get 2 decent locks.

Now it’s hwading towards autum, you could try some ewrtensoep (thick pea soup with sausage in) and you should try an Indonesian rijstafel at a local indonesian restaurant. There are a few in scheveningen.

There’s a decent Irish bar o’caseys in the Hague and they also do all the sport on tv.

PS I’m in delft which is 30 min away on the no1 tram. Let me know if you fancy a drink or have any questions smile

RizzoTheRat

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Friday 31st August 2018
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Found the AH XL the other weekend, quite a bit bigger than any of the shops around here. I know there's a Jumbo near the harbour too but not been there yet.

Spent a bit more on a bike than originally intended, but a second hand 27 speed aluminium frame is way quicker than the 3 speed steel monsters I started off looking at biggrin Only one lock so far though, plan on getting a second. Need to visit Decathlon for a shorty wetsuit too, I got quite used to going for a swim after running home the last few weeks but it's starting to get a bit chilly now.

Came second at the O'Caseys quiz the other week, not tried their food yet though.

Burned the roof of my mouth of on a bitterballen in the Brouwcafe at the harbour the other day, bloody tasty though. Presumably you need to deep fat fry them so a little tricky to make at home?

Been to the Chocolate Company Café in Leiden a few times, I see they're opening a branch near Den Haag Centraal


Starting to get the hang of Dutch cheeses, avoid the young ones and go for the Oude. Found and Overjarige one at a market it was lovely.

troc

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Friday 31st August 2018
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You can get bitterballen that you can cook in the oven. They aren't as crunchy as 'real' ones though.

The very old dutch cheeses (3-5 years matured), the ones with protein crystals in the holes and delicious with dark treacle. Seriously. It's how to eat it, small blocks dipped in (very) dark treacle.

Have you tried proper Dutch pancakes yet? The large ones with an entire meal on them - either savoury (e.g. ham, sausage, onions, mushrooms etc) or sweet (apple and cinnamon, cherries and vanilla ice cream.......) or the tiny 'poffertjes' with lashing of icing sugar and butter?


RizzoTheRat

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Friday 31st August 2018
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troc said:
You can get bitterballen that you can cook in the oven. They aren't as crunchy as 'real' ones though.

The very old dutch cheeses (3-5 years matured), the ones with protein crystals in the holes and delicious with dark treacle. Seriously. It's how to eat it, small blocks dipped in (very) dark treacle.

Have you tried proper Dutch pancakes yet? The large ones with an entire meal on them - either savoury (e.g. ham, sausage, onions, mushrooms etc) or sweet (apple and cinnamon, cherries and vanilla ice cream.......) or the tiny 'poffertjes' with lashing of icing sugar and butter?
Not tried dark treacle with cheese, I'll have to give it a try.

I had a kip satay pancake the other week, bit strange, it was just 2 skewers of chicken sat on a pancake with satay sauce over it, not sure what I was expecting but not that basic.

Been experimenting with my making my own pancakes with loads on them but not up to café standards yet. Had a really good one last year in one of cafes on the main square in Delft. In early December...when I hadn't heard of Zwarte Pete...that was a surprise biggrin

DeltonaS

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102 months

Thursday 25th October 2018
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troc said:
You can get bitterballen that you can cook in the oven. They aren't as crunchy as 'real' ones though.
The oven ones are crap,

Buy a frying pan, 3 ltr. of rice oil and Kwekkeboom or Van Dobben bitterballen.