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#SATW: Holland: A Food Guide

Welcome to my second SFATW post! Souvenirs From Across The World (SFATW) is a feature created by Marie@Drizzle & Hurricane Books to get to know each other a little better, focussing especially on where we are all from, and share a bit from our countries, cities, cultures, traditions, writers, and authors while we’re at it.The main goal of Souvenirs From Across The World is to create a link between all bloggers, from everywhere, and to share a bit of the diversity that makes everyone unique on the blogosphere.

This month (October 9th – November 6th)’s theme is:


Okay, to be completely honest here, the Dutch (dining) cuisine isn’t very eventful. The typical Dutch dinner consists of boiled potatoes, boiled vegetables and a piece of fried meat. A little salt added to everything and that’s it mostly. During the winters, people like to mix it up, go crazy, and throw everything (traditional ‘stamppot’, as we call it, includes various combinations of sauerkraut, carrot, onion or kale – and is usually served with a big juicy sausage) in one pan and mash it up with one of these…potatisstot
…until it looks like this (depending on the types of veggies you use obviously):


Now, if this doesn’t look appetising to you, I don’t know what will!

Yeah, okay, so needless to say, I’m not a big fan here and rarely make any traditional Dutch dinner meals…

This would be the end of my post if it wasn’t for snacks and sweets because, thank god, we’re good at that, at least!

Let me start off here by telling you something about our meal structure. I remember being flabbergasted when I discovered not everyone eats dinner between 5 and 6 pm!

Breakfast and Lunch

These two are quite alike and both consist of bread with a wide variety of cold cuts, cheeses and sweet toppings; such as hagelslag, muisjes, chocolate spread,  apple butter, and peanut butter.

I’m sure most of you know that we’re quite the cheese country here. We’re even lovingly being called ‘Cheeseheads’ by the Belgians. The majority of Dutch cheeses are semi-hard or hard cheeses. Famous Dutch cheeses include Gouda and Edam. A typically Dutch way of making cheese is to blend in herbs or spices during the first stages of the production process. Famous examples of this are cheeses with cloves, cumin, or nettles.

Dutch bread tends to be very airy, as it is made from yeast dough. From the 1970s onward Dutch bread became predominantly whole grain, with additional seeds such as sunflower or pumpkin seeds often mixed with the dough for taste. My breakfast and lunch almost always consist of two slices of bread with old cheese.

2014 Boterham oude kaas
Ontbijtkoek (literally translates to ‘breakfast cake’) may be eaten as a substitute for a full breakfast, or simply as a snack. It is served as a small slice, usually with a shitload of butter spread on top of it. It tastes a bit like gingerbread, but is denser and has allspice in it. The other name for it, Peperkoek (Pepper cake) kinda refers to that. Breakfast cake comes in loaves (or pre-sliced but that’s for lazy people) and works wonders if you’re constipated…


Tea Time

Dutch people invite friends over for koffietijd (coffee time), which consists of coffee and cake or a biscuit, served between 10am and 11am (before lunch), 4pm (between lunch and dinner) or between 7pm and 8 pm (after dinner). The Dutch drink coffee and tea throughout the day often served with a single biscuit. Not in my house, though. A single biscuit….sheesh.

A popular Dutch story (never confirmed) says that in the late 1940s the wife of the then Prime minister,Willem Drees, served coffee and one biscuit to a visiting American diplomat, who then became convinced that the money from the Marshall Plan was being well spent.

We traditionally drink our tea without milk and the tea is a lot weaker than typical English or Irish types of tea which are stronger and are usually taken with milk.

Borreltijd (snack time)

Between 4pm and 5pm, it’s time for an alcoholic beverage, beer or wine, and a savoury snack. This is when the famous ‘bitterballen’, deep-fried balls of meat, traditionally served with mustard for dipping, can be served.

These might not look very appetising to you, but they really are! My husband said the wedding would be off if the place where we held our wedding reception didn’t serve any bitterballen.


Dinner, traditionally served early by international standards, starts around or even before 6pm! *peers*

Let’s move on to the really good stuff now:


Unlike American pancakes or French crepes, Dutch pancakes are basically the size of a pizza and can be topped like one accordingly. Traditionally, we eat them with sugar or treacle and roll them like a crepe:

csm_shaker-pannenkoekmix-speciaal_579a6f4f59.pngBut look at these babies!

Because I love pancakes so much, my wedding was being held at a Dutch pancake house for the entire day (ceremony included). Here’s a very charming picture of me during dinner there:

I don’t know if my husband is okay with showing his picture in public, so let’s all just pretend I got married to Jon Snow last year. I know, my photoshop skills are amazing.

Apart from the pancakes, we also have ‘poffertjes’. They are basically mini-pancakes albeit a lot puffier than our normal pancakes. They’re usually served by the dozen and topped with melted butter and powdered sugar.


Other delicious Dutch foods in no particular order:


Take two still-warm, freshly grilled thin waffles, spread gooey caramel-like syrup in the middle, and stick them together. The result is absolutely yummy, but…the fresher, the better!pi_stroopwafels_a


 This is not liquorice as you know it, but a more salty, black version known as ‘drop’. Flickr_-_cyclonebill_-_Poletter_(3).jpg


Apparently named after a performing dwarf who went by the stage name of Tom Pouce, this cream-filled rectangular pastry is characterised by a layer of smooth pink icing on top. Tompouce is strictly regulated to ensure consistency in size, shape and colour – although for the past few years the icing has turned bright orange in Amsterdam around King’s Day.


From the province of Zeeland comes a speciality of its own. It tastes like a mixture of cinnamon bread and a doughnut and is just yummy when still warm and topped off with butter.Zeeuwse bolus met boter


We eat our fries slightly differently over here, to the disgust of our Belgian neighbours. When we’re eating fries that we take out at a local snackbar, this is what my favourite dish looks like:1208-20080408-tocht0603.jpg

It’s thick fries with mayonnaise, curry sauce and onions. If you’re asking for ‘Fries of War’, you’ll get a generous dollop of Indonesian peanut sauce on top of this.


This is how we eat it: just dip the cleaned herring in some finely chopped up onions and GO!beste-haring-komt-weer-leiden.jpg
If you’re a herring or sushi newbie, try it on a white bun first ;).


If you’re not feeling quite brave enough to try raw herring, try some kibbeling. I think it’s the equivalent of the Fish in England’s Fish&Chips: battered and deep-fried morsels of white fish; usually cod. We usually serve it with a sour mayonnaise-like sauce.1280px-Kibbeling_001.JPG


 Last but not least, here’s the stuff we eat around New Year’s eve: deep fried balls of dough. They are absolutely and horribly (because, hello grease!) delicious and I can’t recommend them highly enough! I already put up a recipe on how to make them yourself last year over HERE.

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It would be a long ass post if I’d cover all the delicacies from over here, so if you want to read more about Dutch Cuisine, I suggest you go HERE. Full disclaimer: I might’ve stolen a few snippets of text from this page to make my post more accurate/consistent.

About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

106 Comments on #SATW: Holland: A Food Guide

  1. Mybookfile // 13/10/2016 at 17:19 // Reply

    Magnificent post, darling 😀 Stroopwafels (check) Haring (check) Cheese (check) Bitterballen (double check) Dutch Pancakes (hell yes)! Oh my I’m getting hungry now :O Keep up the good work ^_^ 😀

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  2. Mybookfile // 13/10/2016 at 17:23 // Reply

    Reblogged this on My Book File and commented:

    Absolutely amazing blogpost about the Dutch Cuisine by Anne ^_^ She did a great job in showing the variety of our Dutch food (breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, more snacks). If you’re not hungry yet, you will definitely be after reading this post 🙂

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  3. I shouldn’t be looking at these pictures before lunch.. My mouth is watering.. 😂

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  4. I am coming over – preferably at 4 through dessert. 🤗

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  5. Although I live in the USA, my family is from Puerto Rico so we eat dinner very early also. And then during nighttime between 8-9 we drink coffee lol. You have some interesting foods that I would love to taste!! Especially the pancakes. Some look like omelets! I need to go on vacation over there!!

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  6. Hahaha I love the picture, but you could’ve chosen a better husband 😛

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  7. I love this feature! It is so fun. And I knew the sausage would rear its head again 😉 You seem to consume a lot of bread and cheese, and that is A-OK in my book. I happen to be a huge fan of Gouda (shamefully I did not know it was Dutch.)Smoked is my favourite. Passing on the stamppot though. I will never look at pancakes the same. The possibilities are endless.. gets up to go forage the pantry Expecting an invitation for koffietijd ❤

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  8. OMG.. just noticed John Snow (Kit Harrington) haha. This is why we are friends ❤

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  9. Hahaha omg I love this wedding picture, and your Photoshop skills are indeed INCREDIBLE 😛 (your dress is absolutely gorgeous. Not the point of this post, I know, but this needed to be said). I LOVE pancakes so, so much. I wanted to go to that famous pancake place in Amsterdam when I went there last year, but it was too crowded unfortunately. I guess I’ll try them some other time 🙂
    Thank you so much for your contribution! 🙂

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  10. Awesome post. Growing travel pangs insistent in my brainage. I would rather eat a Jan Hannema.

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  11. I’m not going to comment on the French Fries ;-). ‘We Belgians’ eat fries once a week normally btw, I don’t know if it’s also so ingrained in The Netherlands?. We also normally eat between 6 and 7 (sevenish) here. A lot of people have to commute for an hour if they stop working at five so it takes some time to prepare dinner..
    Now I’m really hungry for bitterballen and tompouces (we call it ‘boekskes’ in our region), and mmm oliebollen, we only eat that when there’s a fair.. this sounds way better for New Year’s eve! Great wedding picture too! Great post idea 🙂

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    • Hahaha, I was hoping you would! XD YES, most people have been having a ‘patatdag’ for a loooong time here as well, mostly on Saturdays. I stopped doing it when I moved out of my parents’ house, though, because: FAT! 😀 Yeah, it has always been between 6 and 6:30 for me as well because of the commuting. Plus, you’ll get less hungry later on in the evening than when you eat at 5 ;). Oooh, they’re squares in Belgium! And look possibly even more delicious than the rectangular ones… Haha, yes, oliebollen are always around during fairs here as well, I totally forgot to mention that :D. Thank you! You should do one on Belgium ;). It would be so much fun to see the differences!


  12. Stuart McEwan // 13/10/2016 at 23:20 // Reply

    I would very much like to try the stamppot. It looks nummy!

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  13. Stuart McEwan // 13/10/2016 at 23:22 // Reply

    PS You should probably warn the child of a Stark about attending any wedding, haha!

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    Also thanks for making me STARVING right before dinner time! Now I have to think of something halfway decent to eat.
    Oh wait, I looked at that puke dish again. Starving cured 😂 (People really eat that?????)

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  15. Megan @ bookslayerReads // 14/10/2016 at 01:18 // Reply

    I want those waffles.

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  16. Oh gosh this has made me so hungry!!!! Especially the pancakes. And the Kibbeling (that looks really good). And the Oliebollen! And, well, everything!! I know I’m going to sound a bit like gollum but I WANTS IT FOR MYSELF!!!

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  17. Ohhhh myyyyy!!!! I seriously had to close my mouth towards the end of this delicious post! 🙈🙈🙈those pastries especially the waffles look AMAZEBALLS! & im so curious about the fried balls your husband won’t go w/out LOL! They look like I’d love them! Smh a bit scared of the herring but that’s ok cuz more deliciousness followed haha! Great post Anne! Now I must go in search of a sweet 😊💕

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    • Hahaha XD. The waffles are yummy for sho! Maybe I should send some out to all of my blogging friends for Christmas…strokes chin. Yes, the fried balls, we had a Danish friend visiting us last year and he actually spat one out after tasting it…:’). But my Canadian friends loved them! Tut tut, people are strange! Herring can be scary indeed. But that’s why there’s a picture of Kit Harington in here as well. To make up for the scariness 😉 (his name means barrel of herring in Dutch). I hope you found something nice to nibble on! XD ❤ Thank you!

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      • Waffles for Christmas sounds AMAZING! rubs tummy I did a double take when I saw Kit Harrington on your husbands face LMAO! like wait…what?!? smh it did also help with the scary Herring image since Kit’s so easy on the eyes 😉 I ended up having a meal replacement shake for dinner since you & jill had me wanting to run & break my diet. The good ol’ husband came in with donuts & I nearly attacked him LOL!

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  18. rashthedoctor // 14/10/2016 at 04:40 // Reply

    well I’m hungry , I once at some weird kind of Ice cream at a London airport that my friend informed me was actually a Dutch ice cream , i don’t remember the exact name ,but it was delicious and it had a cookie . Basically I was looking for that dish, but not seeing it here makes me wonder if i have been tricked

    ( on texting the said friend he tells me it’s called strupwafel ? I am not sure that’s a thing or if i have been pranked )

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    • rashthedoctor // 14/10/2016 at 04:41 // Reply

      well now that i have read the post just seen that it is indeed a thing and I really had enjoyed that stropwafel . 🙂

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  19. Bloody hell girl… I love absolutely EVERYTHING in this list… well, not that I have tried all of them, but just freaking gimme… I love herring, marinated and then covered with raw white onion and a dollop of sour cream… I have sour cream and mayo with everything!

    But no seriously Mrs Snow, this food looks just heavenly! Way better than what’s on offer in Ireland! Great post… yumyum!

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    • high fives! I knew you were man enough to appreciate a good herring XD. We eat everything we can with mayo here as well! ❤ And I’d love to add sour cream to more of my stuff because it’s absolutely delicious! My Canadian ex-bf left Holland after having gained 15kg in 6 months or so. And then he blamed it on eating mayo with everything! TUTS! Hahaha, I’d love to see what they have in Ireland, though! 😀 Though Estonia would probably be better :3. You could make a post of it when you get back from your trip! 😉

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      • Oh my word… 15 kgs in 6 months? 😀 blimey 😀 I think the food was just so good he couldn’t stop eating! 😀
        Back in Estonia I used to go through half a kg of sour cream a week and now I’m same with mayo… hubby looks at me like I’m mental when I smother my dinner in mayo 😀 Just freaking yummy!

        Oooh. there’s an idea… my nephews birthday dinner table should be interesting enough to capture… last time I was over with hubster we had wild boar and moose stew.. man, that was a hearty meal! 😀
        Ireland is pretty much steak and spuds, chicken with stuffing… bacon, sausages… beans! Roasts and stews… nothing that blows the mind, and everytime I go shopping here I’m sighing … what they’re missing here is a decent salad counter… and I mean, the marinated stuff and the cream based stuff…Estonia has a huge variety! Anyway, I’m happy I’m after eating, otherwise I’d be grumpy after food talk 😀

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        • Canadians don’t differ much from Americans when it comes to the ridiculously large portions of everything :D. Add a bucket of mayo a week on top of that and voilà! Hahaha, what else would you eat with your dinner right?! 😀 (though I’m a big fan of red wine sauce as well ;). Oh goodness, that sounds like a meal for kings! 😀
          Bacon and beans huh? My hubby would love it there ;). Hahaha, I hope you’re going to show lots of yummy pics when you get back! 😀

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  20. bookheathen // 14/10/2016 at 21:53 // Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing all these delights. One of the great joys of traveling in other peoples’ countries is sampling their culinary specialties. Those topped pancakes look delicious – almost as good as chocolate brownies!

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    • Definitely! Unless it’s specialties such as Green soup with tripe (Mexico). Our pancakes are definitely less of a challenge than that. Unless you go for one with chicken livers, of course ;).

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  21. I want some zeeuwse bolus. It sounds delish! In fact all of the sweets sound fabulous. Sadly I have been deprived of any Dutch treats in my family because my ancestors moved here in the early 1600s. Here in the US we usually eat dinner between 4 – 6 pm, too. I don’t drink beer or wine, is there a Dutch hard liquor variety, like whiskey, gin, or vodka? Ha ha. You were lucky to be born in a country that loves sausages. Next year you should challenge yourself to finding a way to incorporate the word “sausage” into every non-review post of 2017. XD

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    • Haha! I highly doubt they had such a thing as deep fried balls in the early 1600’s anyways XD. Though, who knows! I guess it all depends on the climate when it comes to dinner times :). I’d be starving if I had to wait until 9 or 10pm to get my dinner, though :D. And eating that much right before going to bed can’t be good either! Ah, yes, this is a popular one :). Or brandy wine. I’m not really a fan of either one of them tbh. There’s a dish called ‘boerenjongens’ (farmer’s boys) which is basically raisins soaked in brandy wine. It’s been put in lots of desserts (you can buy boerenjongens ice cream just as easy as vanilla ice cream) but I think it’s slightly yucky xD. Hahaha, now that’s easy! 😉

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  22. I LOVE STROOPWAFFELS!! I went to the Netherlands last year and I think I came back home with a dozen boxes of them! O_o I really need to learn to make them.

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  23. katelynnhillier // 18/10/2016 at 20:37 // Reply

    Oh goodness you’re making me so hungry! I’m a sucker for sweets and snacks (pun intended) and I could easily switch over to a Dutch diet with all those snacks and more than one biscuits-with-tea, and happy hour. I’m truly loving this theme! Heading back to look up all the other ones you’ve written about! 😀

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  24. I’ll take all the pastries, please!
    Do you know your husband has become a quite famous actor? He’s appeared in a major tv show recently…but I’m sure you get to see him on his off time, lol! (Pretty wedding dress btw…but with your husband’s income, couldn’t you have gotten your wedding photos published in People magazine?) 😂😂😂

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    • Gasp! I knew he was keeping secrets from me!! He always tells me he’s a Software Engineer. Bastard! (hehe, see what I did there?) Thank you! Nah, I respect my privacy :’)


  25. salhaabuhayar // 25/10/2016 at 18:14 // Reply

    Great post!

    Here in Ecuador we have something very similar to bitterballen, and we usually serve them at family gatherings or birthday parties, with a bit of ketchup or mustard.

    Those Dutch pancakes and poffertjes look delicious! I’d love to try them someday! And the zeeuwse bolus as well, I really love cinnamon bread so I’m sure I’ll love this one, too!

    The Journeys of a Girl

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    • Thank you! Omg, really?! We serve them at those occasions as well, with ketchup, mayo or mustard. YUM! I’m going to post the recipe of the Dutch pancakes (and maybe poffertjes as well) in the coming weeks, so you can easily make them yourself :). I’m a sucker for cinnamon as well! Hopping over to check out your post!


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