On many aspects, Dutch food shares similarities to the British cuisine. It, too, has fish and chips, but instead of having the fish covered in batter and deep fried, they love their soused herring, which is raw fish preserved in brine and seasoning.
The chips, known as ‘friets’ are another national dish. At Frietwinkle, chips are cut using a press, then blanched, followed by frying.
Step 1: Cut
Step 2: Blanch
Step 3: deep fry, then toss with salt
Step 4: Enjoy, yum yum
There are different sauces to go with the fries, we had the satay sauce.
Can you guess what the hole on the arm of the chair for? I am sure you already guessed it. It acts as a holder for the cone of chips.
Whilst you are taking some chips, remember to have some bittenballen, which are deep fried snacks containing beef, flour and seasonings. Also, add some mustard on the side!
I joked to my boyfriend that The Hague is the hipster central. The people ride bikes, have art centres, love their coffee, embrace sustainability, have a philosophical lifestyle… These things would have been called ironic in London, yet in The Hague, it seems they are just people’s normal day-to-day life. As I thought it through, I could really imagine myself living there. (day dreaming…)
It was only at Netherlands, I first heard about ‘slow food’. The ‘slow coffee’ is just a spin off. It is very interesting how the Dutch take such a philosophical approach to life, even to their everyday food. The idea behind slow food movement is to counter-act ‘fast food’. It campaigns in promoting careful preparation and consumption of food, almost to a level of mindfulness.
And trust me, that coffee was certainly very very slow. I asked for a cortado. There was not even a queue, but the barista took 15 mins to make it. At one point, I was getting rather agitated. I suppose I am just too used to the fast pace in London, where speed and efficiency are prized. Nonetheless, the coffee was great, might have been one of the best coffee I have tasted. I guess, I just need to learn to be patient, even with food.
Rescued food: Instock
Another thing I am impressed by the Dutch lifestyle is their attitude towards sustainability. I have already mentioned, that in The Hague, people love riding bikes rather than driving. Yet, their sustainable ideal extends to eating. We came across this restaurant, where all their raw ingredients were rescued food. They go out on their bike everyday to local supermarkets, and get food that did not sell, either because the packaging was damaged or the food was too ‘ugly’, or some other reasons.
Yet, even with the rescued food, the talented chefs were able to whip up delicious artisan food. If we were not told the ingredients were rescued, we couldn’t tell the difference.
Freshly baked scone topped with granola, grapes, yogurt and cinnamon. Recommendation from the owner.
Eggy bread/croissant served with honey dew melon. It was very nice.
If the above food did not make the cut for being hipster in your book, this one must have. I have never seen any other food places which made eating sandwich such an interesting experience.
The toasties are well made, served on top of a wooden board. You can customise your own fillings to whatever you like.
The interior is decorated with various plants and photos.
And this has to be best part, chairs made of swings. No wonder it is called ‘Happy Tosti’, here I was allowed to embrace my inner child.
Tempted by these food? Next you visit Netherlands, make sure you check them out too.