A Travels Abroad story: Amsterdam Street Food (A Letter to Gus)

Dear Gus,

We’re in Amsterdam now, as Ingrid’s seeking out those botanical bulletins that Tamsin and you wanted. (Be glad that the endowment fund for the Estate is a fat one, as these will be costly, says my dear wife.) The last time I was here was many years ago when the doper scene was a bit wilder — the Old City’s been trying to clean its act up just a bit. We’ve also been taking advantage of the opportunity to sample the street food once again.

If you like potatoes (and we both do, though Ingrid insists on watching my weight even though I never gain even an inch), have the street fries, which are called vlaamse frites and should be eaten with (preferably) curried mayonnaise.

My second favorite treat here are the bitterballen which are golf-ball-sized croquettes stuffed with a mix of veal or beef ragout spiked with spices like nutmeg and, sometimes, curry. Always quite warm and delicious!

I really cannot recommend the cold herring and onion open faced sandwiches, as they are, well, just plain gross. There’s lots of excellent seafood served here but this fare is not worth consuming. If you want tasty fish on the go, try kibbeling, which are tasty bits of North Sea white fish battered, deep fried, and served by the kilogramme. Though I doubt anyone ever orders that much!

Pannenkoeken are more Dutch pancakes, and they are much heartier than the French crepe. They’re filled with everything from cheese, fruits, meats, or nuts, or my favorite, sweet chocolate. Choose your fillings from the menu and watch them pour the batter, as they are made for each customer!

I’ll round this list by recommending <em>doner kebab</em>, one of the tastiest street foods in this city — think juicy grilled meat with strong garlic mayonnaise over chopped vegetables consisting of tomatoes, onion, cucumber, and lettuce shoved into warm pita! Best eaten very late at night after bar hopping as we did a few evenings back.

Other than breakfast and afternoon teas, everything we’ve eaten here has been street food. Oh and Jack was right — the busking in Waterlooplein Market is superb! Unlike Stockholm, I did put out my case for donations and collected enough for a round of street food and ale!

Cheers Reynard

About Reynard

I’m the Pub Manager for the Green Man Pub which is located at the KInrowan Estate. I’m married to Ingrid, our Steward who’s also the Estate Buyer. If I’m off duty and in a mood for a drink, it’ll be a single malt, either Irish or Scottish, no water or ice, or possibly an Estate ale or cider.

I’m a concertina player, and unlike my wife who has a fine singing voice, I do not have anything of a singing voice anyone want to hear!

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