How's the food in Holland? What kind of food do they eat?
We've rented a houseboat,so we'll be cooking there. Will need to buy stuff from the local markets for this.Of course we'll also try out some restaurants while we're there.Jus want to know what kind of food is local to Holland,how different it is for Americans.
The MAIN difference is the quantity. In the US everything is oversized compared to the rest of the world.
'Normal' food is meat (pork, beef) with vegetables (maybe more than you're used to), potatoes.
We also eat a lot of 'sandwiches' in various forms (buns, bread, luxury bakery products), and a little less sweet things again than in the US.
In general, nothig to worry about and if push comes to shove the country is littered with the obligatory McDonalds and Burger Kings anyway now ;-)
The food you'll find in supermarkets and outdoor markets here is not a lot different from what you'd expect to find in a Western country as a US-citizen.
As for having local dinner-type food, you won't find much of that in restaurants here, like how they would serve French kitchen in France, for instance. Blame it on our native dinner food to not be especially appreciated for also having it when going for a nice night out. Am*dam does have a number of specialized Dutch food restaurants for tourists, of which most of them as far as I can tell are not particularly high standard cuisine. One of them I would most definitely recommend visiting though, if only bcs its really cheap: De Keuken van 1870, . Housed in a former soup kitchen, this place still has the ambiance of what it used to: plain and simple. Expect the food to be likewise. Traditional Dutch dinner-food is pretty dense, deprived of originality, rich of starch, and larded with smoked sausage. Roots, endive and cabbages (like sauerkraut and kale/borecole) are among what's regarded as the most traditional of foods. Combined with potatoes they make mash pot.
I would say the real joy lies in desserts. We are a dairy country par excellence. Get amazed by the selection in supermarkets. Also, we tend to put cinnamon in a lot of pastries or desserts, so I hope you like that.
As for markets, let me know the area you're staying at, and I'll tell you the best markets around. Also, if you fill me in on where you managed to rent the houseboat, so I'm able to answer yet another traveler's question.
Check out a supermarket site for you to have an idea of what's available (it's in Dutch)
I will answer as a Dutch friend ones answered my question: What is the Dutch national dish? He said: We don't have one!
So, as far as I know, Dutch people eat foreign food. They mostly appreciate meat and potatoes, and are especially proud about their mayonnaise together with french fries. They also have unique waffles, and their sweet&salty candies "hopjes" with licorice which I hate :-) My favorite Dutch food is definitely CHEESE! A wide variety offered in specialized shops, from cow, ship, goat, buffalo... White, yellow, blue, soft, hard... You name it.
One tip from me: Try new beers, ones you have never heard about before, forget about Amstel and Heineken.
meat (doesn't matter what kind)
boil the vegetables and patatoes
bake the meat in lots of butter
put it all on a plate and mash the vegetables and patatoes with the gravy.
That is typical dutch, but in Amsterdam we eat everything. So if you do not like this receipe,buy some rice or taco's.
cheap supermarkets are Aldi and Lidl. Streetmarkets can be cheap to