Typically we wouldn’t make arrangements for meals – lunch or dinner that required reservations on the first day of our arrival after flying half the globe. Because there is a high chance that we would be suffering from jet lag and might even knock out by late afternoon.
Hence on the first day of this trip, we decided to fill our stomachs by eating small snacks that can be found in local markets, food trucks, convenience stores etc.
We were at the Albert Cuyp Market – Amsterdam‘s largest and busiest market, when we saw one of the food on our “To-Eat” list: Dutch Raw Herring. Described as the “Dutch Sashimi” – it is a national delicacy which can be eaten in 3 ways. The traditional way of enjoying this raw herring is to lift the herring by its tail and then take a bite upwards. For the less adventurous ones, there is also the choice of having the herring served in a bun. For us who are in the middle of the scale, we ordered a portion served in bite-sized pieces, topped with raw onions and pickles at the side. This dish that cost around €2.50 is surprisingly affordable! Being accustomed to eating raw fishes, this is definitely a delicacy which suit our palates.
As we continued our stroll at Albert Cuyp Market, we kept a lookout for stall that supposedly sells very good Stroopwafels. Unfortunately we didn’t managed to locate the exact stall that we were looking for, although there were many others that also sells both freshly cooked and packed Stroopwafels.
Nonetheless it was a great experience exploring the local market that sells vegetables, seafood, fruits, cheese, clothings and sundries etc. Perhaps most crowd were drawn to the EuroPride Parade that was on-going, the human traffic flow was still relatively comfortable.
After checking into our hotel in the late afternoon and taking a short nap, we then ventured out again to explore the city. We headed to the Amsterdam Centraal Station at around 8pm and grabbed the HEMA hotdog (smoked sausage) bun from the HEMA shop inside the station. It’s a quick and convenient food for busy travellers on-the-go. The hotdog with coke set is around €3.
Took a tram to the House of Bols museum so that we could find out all we could learn about Bols flavoured liqueur. The self-guided tour stimulated our senses with sight, aromas and tastes, including a sniff test to guess the different flavours produced by the company.
At the end of the visit we were entitled to a cocktail at their bar. There is also a specialty shop that sells a wide variety of Bols flavoured liqueur.
While on our way back to our hotel, we passed by the fast-food franchise – FEBO that serves up its snacks in well-known “automat”-style vending machines. We decided to try the Satekroket (satay croquette) that cost €1.60. Yes, that’s right. Its Satay Croquette, this Asian flavour made its way back into Netherlands when the Dutch colonized Indonesia in the 16th to 17th century. The vending machines do not give change, so you’ll have to prepare the exact coins, drop them into the coin slot and open the slot for your food. The Satay Croquette had more of a black pepper taste but was reasonably warm and had a nice crisp bread crumb crusted potato mash. The shop didn’t have any proper sit-down tables, most people either grab and go; or stood around the high tables to finish their food. When its closed to mid-night, having such comfort food is a good enough option for many. For us, its just for the fun experience.
For the next few days in Amsterdam, we didn’t get to try much street food for various reasons such as food stalls were closed when we found them? It happened to a herring stall and a stall selling bitterballen (dutch meat ball). Eventually we got to try them in eateries instead, posts about food that we tried in eateries will be under the respective shop names in my subsequent posts (including stroopwafels, chocomel, poffertjes, appletart etc).
We totally missed out on the opportunity to try street food such as Dutch Fries and Kibbeling (battered chunks of deep fried fish) in Amsterdam. However we managed to try them while we were in Roermond (another city in Netherlands). For the fries, the Dutch either eat them with Mayonnaise, Ketchup or even Sate sauce (satay). I opted for the typical mayonnaise. The fried fish has a nice crusted batter and meaty flesh, goes well with the Remoulade (similar to tartar sauce). I certainly love Kibbeling more than Fish & Chips due to the texture as the fish is cut into larger chunks and has more batter coating.
Other Related Post: