Since I have written about many things I have experienced or enjoyed while being here in the Netherlands, I think it’s about time I write something about dutch food and drink culture. Would be really if I wouldn’t cover that subject as a extreme food and beer lover, haha.
The food culture in the Netherlands seems really traditional and old school. The stereotype of Holland being the land of cheese is true. There is always many different cheeses available no matter in which grocery store you are shopping. Edam and Gouda are the most typical cheeses they are usually buying and they are always really delicious. I have to admit that even though I’m not really a cheese person.
I have also tasted many of traditional Dutch foods. Haring, the raw fish served between a bun with raw onion was probably the most extreme I tasted. The raw fish whether it is sushi or haring is not really made for me. Krokets, which are made of, mashed potatoes and ground beef and then deep-fried are how ever really good. Krokets are usually eaten at lunch with bread, French fries and mayonnaise. Especially at school I see lot of students just buying bread and stuff a kroket inside the bread bun. It is cheap, easy and fast.
On Saturdays I have visited food market several times. That is pretty Dutch also. People go there to buy fresh vegetables, clothes, cheese, sausages, and fish and eat snacks. My favorite Dutch snack is kibbeling. It is basically made by deep-frying little pieces of Atlantic cod. It is served usually with different sauces like garlic or mayonnaise. I love the kibbeling because the surface is so crispy but fish so tender and juicy on the inside. It is probably my favorite of the Dutch foods.
What other things Dutch people love to enjoy? One of them is of course beer. Dutch beers are known worldwide and Heineken is the most sold beer throughout the world. Although Belgium, the southern border neighbor of Netherland, is known better from their beers the Dutch can also brew some good beers. One thing however is really different. In the Netherlands the beer is served in small glasses of quarter litre. I haven’t seen that anywhere else but France, but it’s more of wine country. In Germany beer is usually served from one-litre pints so for comparison you need to drink four beers compared one “mass”. Dutch beers in general really good from basic beers like Grolsch, Bavaria and Amstel but there are also a lot different special beers, which are worth trying.
Lunch in the Netherlands differs completely from what I’m used to in Finland. In Finland we eat proper warm meal every time with salad, drink and bread. In Holland however the people are just eating little breads, krokets or warm soup. They are also in hurry usually so they don’t have time to stop by to have a warm lunch. I have seen many times people also skipping lunch completely or by just eating a little snack like cake.