The Rich Japanese Soft Serve Ice Cream

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The Smooth, Delicious and Rich Japanese Soft Serve Ice Cream

No matter where you go in Japan, you will find it, the Japanese softcream. In English, we call it simply as “soft serve ice cream.” The soft ice-cream served on a wafer-cone which we hurriedly enjoy before it trickles down our fingers 😊 Yes, that is the one I am talking about!

The smooth, delicious swirly rich Japanese softcream in a cone is always in order in Japan, even on the coldest days of winter.

I am sure it is readily available and popular in many countries but what makes the ones in Japan so special? Well, it is the premium quality, texture, flavours and its association with a particular region of Japan.

In this article, I share a brief introduction to soft serve ice cream along with the Japanese soft serve ice cream (passionately known as Japanese softcream) and my mini adventure with Murasaki Imo and Yuba, one of the best Japanese softcream combination I encountered in Kyoto.

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1 | Soft Serve Ice Cream

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Soft serve ice cream

Soft serve ice cream is exactly what it sounds like — a soft frozen dessert similar to ice cream but less dense. Made with 3 to 6 per cent of milk fat and stored at -3°C, allowing for the smooth texture. Unlike ice-cream that needs scooping out of a tub, soft serve is readily served from a machine. It is absolutely scrumptious and available in many flavours.

2 | Japanese Softcream | Soft Serve Ice Cream in Japan

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‘Softcream’ is the endearing Japanese way of saying soft serve ice cream. Since its introduction in the 1950s, Japanese softcream has grown to be so popular that it has become part of Japanese culture rather than a sweet treat or a way to cool down in the summer.

The beloved Japanese softcream is unique. Made with smooth, rich premium cream and carefully selected lavish ingredients, creating a wonderfully rich flavour and texture to a variety of never before encountered tastes. The smooth and rich texture melts not just in your mouth but will melt your heart as well. The Japanese are passionate about how softcream is made, and you can feel, enjoy the deep yet subtle flavour of the full bodied ingredients at every mouthful.

3 | Flavours of Japanese Softcream

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There are over 100 different flavours of the silky smooth Japanese softcream. A lot of people would probably be familiar with the standard vanilla, chocolate or the green tea matcha flavours, but you would also find the unusually flavoured softcream. There are the purple coloured ones, along with the fruity melon or the soy sauce flavoured ones! Yes, indeed – the soy sauce! These varieties, I am told, are related to a region which has their own speciality.

Here are a few varieties which you might come across when visiting Japan.

3.1 | Matcha Green Tea Softcream in Japan

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Matcha Green Tea soft serve ice cream is associated with Kyoto because of the production of Match Green Tea in Uji. Uji produces superior quality Matcha tea and Kyoto has some of the most delicious Japanese softcream in this flavour. Matcha Green Tea softcream is also a flavour that is readily available all over the country.

3.2 | Tofu and Amazake in Tokyo

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Amazake or ‘sweet sake’ is a sweet, non-alcoholic Japanese drink made from fermented rice. It is creamy, has a thick consistency, a very interesting taste along with health benefits. The sweet sake is available in supermarkets and convenience stores.

The origin of Amazake goes back to the Kofun period (250 to 358 AD), mentions of it can be found in The Nihon Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan, published in 720 AD), the second oldest book of classical Japanese history.

You could try the delicious Amazake soft serve on its own or Amazake and Tofu softcream as a combination. Both are absolutely rich and delectable, popularly available in Tokyo.

3.3 | Melon in Furano

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Furano is a city in the Hakkaido Prefecture of Japan. Noted as a popular tourist destination and a ski resort, Furano is equally famous for its lavender fields, and melons.

Hokkaido melons are the island’s specialities. There are various brands where varieties of ice cream flavours and products are made. Of the brands, the Yubari King melon is reputed as the premier quality. Its mellow taste, accompanied by a rich fragrance gives the succulent flesh a distinct flavour that is pleasantly robust.

The soft serve ice cream made from the silky, juicy and fragrantly sweet melon flesh is a melon softserve that will blow you away!

Lavender Japanese softcream |

Lavendar soft serve ice cream is popular in the summer. They also make lavendar soda which is refreshing with a subtle sweet taste of lavender.

Both melon and lavender softcream are easily available in Hokkaido.

3.4 | Azuki Softcream in Himeji

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Azuki, also known as red bean is a treasured ingredient for Japanese desserts. The bean is deep red in colour, with a mildly nutty taste, along with a delectable light sweetness works so well for a perfect soft serve ice cream.

Himeji Prefecture, home to Himeji Castle is also where you shall find the Azuki Museum. The museum tells the story of the Azuki red bean, its origin, the cultivation along with the use of Azuki in Japanese cooking and ceremonies over the centuries.

You could enjoy a crunchy wafer topped with the flavoursome Azuki softcream while exploring the gardens that surround the museum.

3.5 | Murasaki Imo in Kamakura

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Murasaki Imo or purple sweet potato softcream is unique to Kamakura, a seaside city located just south of Tokyo. The city was the de facto capital of medieval Japan, and now home to many Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

The purple sweet potato offers a natural and mild yet an exotic taste in not an overly creamy Japanese softcream.

4 | My Mini-adventure with Japanese Softcream — Murasaki Imo and Yuba

While the various flavours and varieties are unique to a region in Japan, you could still have the best experiences of these flavours wherever you are in the country.

The varieties of these soft serve ice cream caught my attention when I visited Kyoto, Japan. My mini adventure with the “softcream” took place on a very hot afternoon after visiting Fushimi Inari in Kyoto and climbing (and down) of those 4000 or so bright orange Torii gates. I was drawn to this one shop front that had yuba ice cream and various different coloured ones. It had a long line of visitors waiting to be served…so figured the “soft cream” must be good? Correct? Well, I decided to join the queue and try it anyways.

I could have a combination of two flavours or a single flavour. Two scoops. All for 400 Yen. I definitely did not want to try the green tea flavour (had already tried before on many occasions in Kyoto).

I opted for something different and exotic — a combination of  yuba soft cream and the Murasaki Imo, the purple sweet potato.

4.1 | Yuba Japanese Softcream

Yuba softcream is derived from soya. Yuba is a soy milk skin that is created on the surface when the soy milk is boiled. The delicate tofu skin is then skimmed off vats of soy milk.

The yuba softcream is flavourful and tastes like thick soy milk. It was tasty and mildly sweet.

4.2 | Murasaki Imo

The murasaki imo which I tried was mellow with a gentle sweet taste. It was creamy but not overly creamy and it was not overbearingly sweet like most Japanese desserts are. It did not have the strong flavour of the orange yams or the yellow sweet potato and it certainly was not bland. It does take a little time to settle on your palate, especially when you are working through the silky smooth yuba and a tad stronger but mild silky smooth root vegetable.

4.3 | My thoughts on Murasaki Imo and Yuba Japanese Softcream

The combination of Murasaki Imo and Yuba softcream was indeed refreshing. I had not tasted anything like that before. I was pleasantly surprised at what seemed a perfect combination of exotic flavours with mild sweetness along with a hint of root vegetable.

Murasaki Imo and Yuba is definitely one of the best Japanese softcream I have tasted. I would highly recommend that you try this exquisite flavour when you visit Japan.

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Best 16 Traditional Food in Verona to Try or to Know About

Travelling to Verona and wondering what the food is like and what to eat? Well, let me just say, … we were in Verona for four days, and all through, we never ate a bad meal. Having visited Northern Italy on previous travels, we found that food in Verona were some of the best in Italy. Therefore, this post is a list of the 16 traditional food in Verona which you may want to know about, and perhaps try them when you visit.

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A visit to Verona or anywhere in Italy and I am sure you would agree that their food is incredible. You may also have noted that Italian cuisine is highly regionalised, expressing geographical influences from their neighbours and locally sourced ingredients. Dishes use high quality ingredients, simple cooking methods and are always seasonal, hence exuding a distinct regional flavour even for their well-known staple food, the ubiquitous Italian pasta.

An Overview on Cuisines in the Northern Italian Region

The cuisines in the Northern Italian region is quite different. Neighbouring the Alps, spanning across the mountainous, wooded terrain and fresh water, affords the region with a wide range of locally sourced high protein food. Beef, pork, rabbit, horse-meat, donkey-meat, quail, fish and shellfish feature highly in their seasonal cuisine. The cuisines here use richer dairy fats such as cream and butter. Olive oil is used as well but not as much as it is in the South.

The food in the northern region, though simple, uses fresh herbs such as rosemary and sage and distinct cooking methods. Primarily slow-cooking and recipes handed down through generations, the food in Verona sets them apart from the rest of Italy. Aside from these, a notable difference is that the Northern Italian region uses rice and corn as staples in the form of risotto and polenta.

Veneto Region

The Veneto region in Northern Italy occupies the northern area along the Adriatic Sea. Thus, fish and seafood such as eel, shrimps, and lobsters feature highly in the cuisines from this region. As well, vegetable dishes such as rice and peas, grilled red radicchio of Treviso seasoned with salt and olive oil, along with boiled white asparagus.

Cuisines in Verona

Verona is one of the largest cities in the Veneto region. A romantic city with a rich art and cultural heritage, along with its suggestive alleys, Verona is a popular European tourist hub. The city is also known for its cuisines, local specialities, traditional dishes and for its examplary wines.

Simple, yet rich, comforting and scrumptious dishes of rice, polenta, beans and unique meats paired with the region’s full-bodied special wines are typical features of Verona’s cuisine.

With an overview of the northern region of Italy, Veneto and Verona above, I am sure you are beginning to appreciate what variety of food in Verona to expect.

Let’s take a closer look at what to expect on food in Verona when you visit.

1 | Antipasti

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food in Verona

Antipasti in Italian, refers to ‘before the meal’ and takes the plural form of the word ‘antipasto.’ A common variety of antipasto includes cured meats, such as salami and prosciutto along with a selection of cheeses, olives and red peppers. A delicious antipasto to try is the bruschetta.

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Sample: Local cheese, salami and freshly baked bread;

Discover: The secrets of tortellini pasta;

Taste: Some of the best wines from the Valpolicella area;

Explore: Hidden streets and see the historic sights;

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2 | First Course Cuisines

For the first course, visitors to Verona can expect a hearty filling of pasta, rice or gnocchi dishes.

2.1 | Pasta

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Unique to Verona, and native to the Veneto region is Bigoli, a spaghetti-shaped pasta. Known to have originated in the 1600s, bigoli is much thicker than ordinary pasta and has a rough surface. The rough surface allows for the sauce to be absorbed more generously. Bigoli has a nutty flavour and conventionally paired with a duck ragu sauce, salted sardines or seafood Traditionally made with buckwheat and duck eggs but these days, bigoli is made with wholewheat flour, butter and water.

Just to note, the meat sauces for the pasta dishes in Verona are sometimes made with untraditional meats such as duck, horse or donkey.

The bigoli dishes are rich, substantial and light. Traditionally, a popular dish consumed on fasting days such as Ash Wednesday or Good Friday.

Along with bigoli, the Province of Verona is home to another popular variant of pasta, tortellini. This local tortellini is unique to the village of Valeggio sul Mincio, located about 40 kilometres from Verona. The recipe for this tortellini is said to have originated in the 14th century. This wholesome pasta variant is made with flour and eggs, filled with a mixture of ground beef, pork, chicken, onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, Bardolino wine as well as breadcrumbs.

2.2 | Rice

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Rice is a common dish in Verona. Native to the province of Verona is the top quality grain, Vialone Nano Veronese which makes a perfect base for risotto. Risotto is a staple dish in Northern Italy, so much so that a yearly festival is held every September and October. The annual festival is held in the nearby village of Isola della Scala, just 20 kilometres from Verona, where top chefs feature their risotto creations for the season.

2.3 | Gnocchi

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Gnocchi is a traditional variety of pasta believed to have originated in the 16th century. They were originally made with wheat and semolina. The mountain villagers made them with rye, barley or chestnut flour.

Since the introduction of potatoes in Europe, gnocchi has been made with potato, wheat flour and eggs. The potato based dough, is then shaped into bite-size ‘dumplings’. Pumpkin and spinach can be added to the mixture as well. These are either boiled in salt water or deep fried. Gnocchi varieties abound in Italy. Each region has its own varieties and names.

Gnocchi is commonly enjoyed as first course dishes in the Veneto region. These dumplings are served with numerous possibilities. They can be complemented with tomato sauce and grated cheese, butter and sage, creamy cheese-based sauces, ragu, cured meat or as complementary to meat stews.

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3 | Second Course Cuisines

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Meat features highly in Verona’s second course cuisines. Fish and seafood are also present in food to eat in Verona as these are freshly sourced from nearby Lake Garda.

3.1 Meat

Meats such as veal, pork, wild game, horse, beef, donkey, duck, and fowl are unique to Verona’s cuisine and distinguishes the city from its neighbours. There is a range of roasts, stews, and sauces with meat being central to the dish.

3.2 | Polenta

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polenta | food in Verona

Many of the second course dishes are typically accompanied with polenta.

Polenta originated amongst the peasant farmers of Po Valley. In ancient times, polenta was made from rye, spelt and buckwheat, taking a darker form. However, post 16th century and with the introduction of corn in Europe, polenta was made by grinding corn into flour. It has a richer colour, yellow yolk-like and slightly sweet. This dish is readily available in most places to eat in Verona.

2.3 | Fish and Seafood

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food in Verona

Bass and Catfish are readily available as these are sourced from the local Verona lakes. Fish is often grilled, sautéed or braised and the use of wine in seafood is common. Served with a side dish such as polenta, or local vegetables that are sautéed.

4 | Desserts

Traditional desserts in Verona include a variety of cakes, cookies and other delights.

4.1 | Pandoro

‘Golden bread’ or more popularly known as Pandoro, is served topped with powdered sugar. Pandoro is readily available during the festive season.

4.2 | Nadalin

An invention believed to have originated in the 13th century. This classic Italian dessert is said to have been made in honour of the powerful Della Scala family who ruled Verona for a over a century.

Nadalin is the preferred dessert option than Pandoro, as it is less buttery, and has a denser texture. Made from dough flavoured with vanilla and lemon zest, it has a crunchy top crusted with granulated sugar, marsala wine, almonds and pine nuts.

4.3 | Other dessert options

Pinza Veneta, a traditional Italian cake which is popular in the Veneto region. Made with a combination of polenta flour, plain flour, raisins, figs and apple along with butter, sugar, yeast and fennel seeds.

Fregolotta, is another traditional Italian cake, that originated in the Veneto region. It is a crumb cake, more like a large cookie. Made with flour, butter, sugar, lemon zest and chopped almonds.

Try also sfogliatine di Villafranca, a doughnut shaped puff pastry and/or torta russa di Verona, a cake made with puff pastry, almonds, amaretti, eggs, lemon and topped with powdered sugar.

5 | Wine

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The region of Veneto is one of the largest quality wine producing areas in Italy and the province of Verona features top wine producing zones. Visitors to Verona can experience a variety of wines, from whites such as Soave, Lugana and Custoza to reds, which includes Bardolino, and Valpolicella.

Recommended read: Guide to Verona Wines from Garda Hills & food-match suggestions

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Visit the Valpolicella Valley, a beautiful winery, sample wines and food.

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Informative > Along the way, learn the secrets and techniques of producing the top range wine, Amarone

Relaxing > Stroll around the gardens and vineyards

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Food in Verona | What to Eat in Verona

Tradition and creativity sets Verona apart along with flavour and texture. Here are the best 16 traditional food in Verona which you may wish to try.

1 | Bruschetta in verona |
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Bruschetta or bruschette (plural) is a delicious starter to an Italian meal. Made with toasted ciabatta, drizzled with extra virgin oil, a little salt, topped with fresh pomodoro tomatoes, chopped red onions and the fine Monte Veronese cheese from the Lessini Mountains.

2 | Salmon

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Salmon mi-cuit makes an excellent starter course to any meal. The decadent texture of this dish relies on religiously curing the salmon to achieve maximum flavour. Served with caper sauce.

Where: Ristorante Il Desco (Michelin starred), Via Dietro San Sebastiano, 5/7
37121 Verona

3 | Gallina Flammata

If you would like to try a poultry starter, try the flamed chicken. Sourced from local farms, the grilled chicken is served with salad and pomegranate.

Where: Ristorante Maffei, Piazza Erbe, 38, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

4 | Risotto all’Amarone

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Risotto Amarone is a traditional dish and a much loved one. Made from a selected few ingredients but of very high quality. Risotto Amarone is often a signature dish in many of the restaurants in Verona.

The primary ingredients are just two. Both  are of the finest products of the Veneto region — Amarone della Valpolicella and Vialone Nano rice. Added to these ingredients are onions, broth, olive oil, butter, salt and pepper.

Where: Antica Bottega Del Vino, Via Scudo di Francia, 3, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

5 | Risotto al Tastasal

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Risotto al Tastasal is a traditional Veronese cuisine. Made with prime vialone nano rice, the rice is boiled with meat broth, sauteed with onions and garlic. The risotto is topped with local salami (made from ground pork belly and shoulder) and seasoned with just the right amount of salt. Garnished with a pinch of nutmeg and Parmigiano Reggiano.

Where: Risotteria Porto Mancino, Via Lazzaretto, 26, Verona, Veneto, Italy

Other rice dishes to try:

Risotto al Radicchio, a traditional Venetian dish made with local radicchio.

Risotto with porcini mushrooms;

Risi e bisi ( rice and peas);

Risi e figdini (rice and chicken liver).

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6 | Bigoli in Cassopipa

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food in Verona

Bigoli in Cassopipa is an Italian dish symbolic of the Veneto region. The sumptuous dish originated from the fishing village of Chioggia. The nutty flavour of the bigoli goes well with seafood such as squid and shellfish (mussels, clams and cockles). There seem a number of variations and each chef/cook seems to have their own recipe on this one. Generally, the squid and shellfish is sauteed in olive oil with onions, garlic, carrots and celery with spices. White wine is added and the mix is allowed to simmer till the sauce is right. The bigoli is dressed with the sauce along with a drizzle of olive oil.

If you are not into seafood, try the bigoli in salsa.

7 | Bigoli in Salsa

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Bigoli in salsa is a typical dish of the Veneto region and is made of simple but tasty sauce. The sauce is made with onions and salted sardines or anchovies, creating a unique rich flavour. Sometimes topped with pine nuts.

Where: Pescheria I Masenini, Piazzetta Pescheria, 9, 37121 Verona

8 | Bigoli with Duck Ragu

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A traditional dish in the Veneto region, bigoli with duck ragu sauce is widely served in Verona. The bigoli pasta is cooked in duck broth, served with duck ragu sauce (made with mince duck meat) and grated cheese.

9 | Polenta

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Polenta, typical traditional Veronese dish, made from cornmeal and cooked in salty water.

The best polenta to go for is the one made with beans (polenta infasola). You could also try them with meat, mushroom and cheese. Traditionally, polenta was eaten with herring.

Where: La Taverna di Via Stella, Via Stelaa 5/c, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

10 | Pastissada de Caval | Veronese Horse Meat Stew

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food in Verona

These days, Pastissada de Caval is a speciality cuisine in Verona served as a second course of a meal. This is an ancient Veronese horse-meat stew, believed to have originated as far back as the Ostrogothic rule (493 AD to 553 AD).

The Ostrogoths, led by Theodoric the Great defeated Odoacer, a Germanic soldier who was the king of the Heruli, in control of northern Italy at that time. After, the battle, there were too many dead horses on the battlefield. As a celebratory gesture, Theodoric allowed his people to use the horse meat for food. The people marinated the horse-meat with plenty of wine, onions, and cooked it with vegetables. The meat was slow-cooked for several days to be enjoyed with more wine … and that was how patissada de caval was born.

The recipe on patissada de caval has been passed down from generations to generations, albeit tweaked along the way. Nowadays, the horse-meat is cooked with onions, carrots, cloves and Valpolicella wine. This special food in Verona is then flavoured with bay leaves, cinnamon and nutmeg. An incredibly cuisine, typically served with creamy polenta.

Georgina: As adventurous as I am with food, I did not try this one. However, I researched on the best places that offer this traditional food in Verona and found the following two. Perhaps, you may want to give the Veronese horse-meat stew a try.

Where: Osteria Da Morandin Verona, Via Venti Settembre, 144, 37129 Verona, VR, Italy | Recommended by food critic Paolo Massabrio


Osteria al Duca, Via Arche Scaligere, 2, 37121 Verona VR, Italy | Recommended by food critic, Lorella Fabris

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11 | Lesso e Pearà

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Lesso e Pearà is a traditional Veronese dish served as second course, and more common during the holidays and festive season. A rich cuisine, made with boiled meat and paired with pearà.

Pearà dates back to the 14th century and refers to a slowly cooked sauce made from beef marrow, beef or chicken broth, grated stale bread, butter or olive oil, salt and lots of pepper.

The pearà is traditionally served with poached meat such as beef tongue, or chicken. However, more commonly used are beef cuts, veal, capon, cotechino – all gently simmered for two to three hours in a terracotta pot for an authentic flavour.

Where: Ristorante Greppia, Vicolo Samaritana, 3 – Verona (Italy)

12 | Stinco al Forno

A popular second course, this is roast veal shin bone, cooked low and slow to ensure the meat is tender. Commonly served with polenta or seasoned potatoes.

13 | Sea Bass

If you prefer a fish dish, go for sea bass. These are locally sourced and fresh. Grilled and dressed with rosemary oil, served with potatoes.

Where: Pescheria I Masenini, Piazzetta Pescheria 9, 37121 Verona.

14 | Nadalin

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Try this sweet crusted top mini cake, Nadalin (see 4.2 above) after a sumptous meal.

Where: Pasticceria Tomasi, Milano, 16A, 37138 Verona VR, Italy.


Pasticceria Flego, Corso Porta Borsari, 9, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

15 | Sfogliatine di Villafranca

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sfogliatine di Villafranca | food in Verona

A traditional dessert in Verona (see 4.3 above), try the melt-in-the-mouth Sfogliatine di Villafranca with pistachio and hazelnut cream.

Where: Ristorante Maffei, Piazza Erbe, 38, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

16 | Tiramisu

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An iconic Italian dessert, Tiramisu effectively means, ‘pick me up’ due to the effects of sugar, liquor and coffee.

First introduced in Veneto around 1980, the perfect tiramisu is said, and should deliver the serious caffeine kick from the strong espresso, and the Marsala wine adds a nice sweet buzz. In Verona, it is sometimes made with pandoro.

Where: Ristorante Maffei, Piazza Erbe, 38, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

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Eat Your Way Through Verona | 3 Flavoursome Food and Wine Tours in Verona

Ready to taste some authentic Veronese food? If so, join one of the food tours in Verona when you visit this amazing city. In this easy guide I share three of the very best flavoursome food and wine tours in Verona, which you could opt for, including an overview of what to expect on each of the food tours in Verona.

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Food tours in Verona

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Verona, home to an innovative and sophisticated foodie culture is a city where you are spoilt for choice. From delicious classic dishes such as risotto al tastasal, and delicious gnocchi to mouthwatering baccalà mantecato along with local salami and cheeses. However, choices can sometimes be overwhelming. You could spend days seeking out for the delicious classic dishes or you could opt for a food tour that would take typically half a day, and use the rest of your vacation time exploring the medieval city.

Food tours in Verona are fun activities to be part of and is offered as a small group activity. Each tour mentioned in this post is distinct and offer unique experiences.

These surprisingly creative food tours in Verona offers plenty of delicious food in a variety of traditional places to eat and you get a glimpse into an amazing culinary culture. Food and places to eat are hand-picked by the local foodie expert who will be your guide throughout the tour. Starting at either morning, or afternoon, the food tours in Verona typically run for about three to three-and-half hours, with plenty of opportunities for foodie fun and to meet other people.

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An overview of What to Expect on Food Tours in Verona

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The food tours in Verona takes you on a journey of discovery of the Veronese food and wine. From sweet to savoury options and delicious local wine, there is plenty to savour on this foodie tour.

Fall in love with the flavoursome Veronese cuisine as the tour introduces you to sweet pastries, Verona’s soppressa salami, Monte Veronese cheese, and regional wine, alongside Italian classics, fresh tortellini pasta. You are in for a treat, for sure.

Eat your way through the enchanting city. Your snack and stroll adventure typically begins the Italian way – an espresso and a pastry. Afterwards, visit an authentic shop for salami and homemade bread. Taste authentic bites and drinks, while you hop from one food hot spot to another.

Along with tasting some typical Italian food, the experience includes tasting some of the famous Valpolicella wines which are unique to the Veneto region. Listen to the stories behind each variety.

This culinary tour in Verona is weaved in with a cultural journey as well and takes you much further than the food and wine you try. As you stroll through the historic city, stop and admire some of Verona’s landmarks. See the Arena, Juliet balcony, Piazza Erbe and discover some of the pretty hidden streets in the city. Listen to the city’s history, and tales from a local, sometimes not found in any tour guide books.

End your rewarding culinary experience with a local dessert, ‘risino’, a traditional Veronese dessert based on rice or a delicious gelato. Your guide will also give you recommendations on cuisines and places to eat for an enhanced experience of the city of Verona.

Ensure you select the food tour that best suits you from the options below.

Reasons to book food tours in Verona

1 | Taste the best classic Italian bites;

2 | Visit several authentic Veronese food hotspot;

3 | Learn all there is about the Valpolicella varieties from a knowledgeable guide;

4 | A food tour laced with history and culture of Verona;

5 | Small group for a more engaging experience;

6 | Mobile ticketing friendly;

7 | Free cancellation. Book your food tours in Verona experience ahead of time to secure your place and avoid disappointment. Have peace of mind knowing that you can cancel for free at least 24 hours before the event due to start should your plans change.

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2 | Book a no-hassle Private Transfer from Verona Airport to your hotel/place of stay in Verona

The 3 BEST food tours in Verona to select from

Each tour is distinct and offer unique experiences. Ensure you bring your appetite along.

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Avoid the tourist traps and enjoy the best of Veronese culinary delight at 5 unique restaurants. Sample local specialities, visit a local tavern, try some fresh handmade pasta and polenta along with some local wines. Finish off your meal with ‘risino’, a local dessert. Learn about the city’s culinary history and the powerful Scaliger family.

Duration: 3 hours

From: € 82 pp (March 2022)

food tours in verona

Begin your day the Italian way with an authentic espresso and a delicious pastry. Discover the secrets of local tortellini pasta, explore the hidden streets and taste some local Valpolicella wines. This food tour in Verona includes seeing some of the landmarks in the city as you hop from food hotspot to another.

Duration: 3.5 hours

From: € 75 pp (March 2022)

Take a tasting tour of enchanting Verona. Stroll through the quaint streets, see the important landmarks and learn its history. Visit historic places to eat and wine bars. Depending on the season and time of your visit, this tour includes a trip up a funicular for a spectacular view of the wonderful city of Verona.

Duration: 3.5 to 4 hours.

From: €94.00 pp (March 2022)

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24 Incredibly Delicious Dutch Culture Food in Amsterdam

delicious Dutch culture food in Amsterdam

24 incredibly delicious Dutch culture food in Amsterdam that you must absolutely try!

Updated: May 16, 2022

Amsterdam is not known for its food cuisine but a unique culinary experience awaits any hungry traveller. From croquettes in a vending machine to an unending parade of rijsttafel at a high-end restaurant, Amsterdam’s food culture is simply beyond the humble stroopwafel and liquorice drops. Here are the Best 24 experiences of delicious Dutch culture food in Amsterdam that you must absolutely try!

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24 Delicious Dutch Culture Food to Absolutely Try in Amsterdam

Savoury on-the-go food in Amsterdam

1 | Dutch chunky fries!

Food in Amsterdam | patatje oorlog
patatje oorlog – a classic Dutch favourite | Image: Heiko Werkman

The Dutch have many versions of fries or ‘patat’ as they call it, but the real “Dutch chunky fries” is no ordinary fries! This carb-heavy classic Dutch fastfood in Amsterdam is created with several unusual combination of ingredients which are not usually regarded as complementary to each other but strangely satisfying on a bed of Dutch Chunky Fries 🙂

Ask for a ‘patatje oorlog‘ for a heart-warming bed of chunky french-fries, topped with raw onions and mayonnaise plus the added “special ingredient” – spicy peanut satay sauce. This mélange might seem unbelievably strange to a non-Amsterdammer but the ingredients work surprisingly well together, piping hot, hearty, salty and spicy – a must-try at least once kind of food in Amsterdam.

If spicy peanut sauce are not to your taste buds, ask for ‘patat speciaale’ for a mix of curry ketchup, mayonnaise and raw onions.

This quick, hearty, classic Dutch dish comes traditionally served in a paper cone, which makes it perfect to fuel a hungry traveller on a day-long discovery of unmissable things to do in Amsterdam.

Best places to try this incredible feast, delicious chunky fries that are fresh and homemade are:

Grizzl Gelderlandplein, Willem van Weldammelaan, 9A 1082 KT Amsterdam

Frietboutique, Johannes Verhulststraat 107 (Amsterdam-Zuid)

2 | Bitterballen

bitterballen | food in Amsterdam
bitterballen – the ultimate in Dutch pub food in Amsterdam

Bitterballen – the ultimate in Dutch pub food! They are deep-fried, crispy meatballs and traditionally served with mustard for dipping. The ‘bitterbal’ is made-up of a thick ragout, comprising a soft mixture of beef, beef broth, butter, thickening flour and spices. These are then coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. These tasty meatballs go very well with a pint or two of Dutch craft beer. You can find these in practically every drinking establishment in Amsterdam.

3 | Kroket

Food in Amsterdam | Krokets
food in Amsterdam | kroket served as sandwich

Kroket or croquettes, call them what you will but these are an institution in Dutch food – even available out of a vending machine in Amsterdam. The ‘kroket’ is a meat-filled sausage like roll coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. The original Dutch kroket is made from beef or veal ragout but there are several versions of it available these days. You can find them as chicken-satay, goulash, shrimps or a vegetarian version. Kroket are an ideal on-the-go snack and often they are served on white bread or hamburger buns along with some mustard.

In Amsterdam, you are never too far away from tasting a kroket – they are readily available from regular snack-bars, cafés, restaurants, or McDonalds. They are regularly on offer in FEBO, a fast-food chain that sells snacks via coin-operated vending machines.

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4 | Raw Herring

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the art of eating raw herring like a local in Amsterdam
herring sandwich | food in Amsterdam
herring sandwich – raw herring, chopped raw onions and pickles

Take a day-off sushi and try these heavenly Dutch delicacy instead…well, heavenly for some!

Raw herring is a Dutch delicacy and tastes absolutely divine with raw onions and pickles. The best way to experience it is to eat it like a local – hang onto the herring by its tail, lower it vertically into your mouth and take huge bites of it!

Head to a haringhandels (specialised herring carts) which are dotted around Amsterdam city to try this classic Dutch delicacy, usually costs anything between €3.00 to €5.00. Alternatively, ask for a ‘broodje haring‘ (herring sandwich) and enjoy the fish inside a soft and crispy roll.

Best time to try raw herring is said to be between May and July when the herring is at its sweetest and best.

Read: Best City Walking Tours in Amsterdam

5 | Kibbeling/Lekkerbekje

Kibbeling and Lekkerbekje are battered deep-fried white fish, most commonly cod or whiting sourced from the North Sea.

Kibbeling comes battered in chunks whereas Lekkerbekje are not. Both are absolutely delicious, served piping hot by the street vendors with mayonnaise herb sauce and lemon.

Dutch Cheese | Food in Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Henri Willig
Amsterdam – Henri Willig | Image: georgina_daniel

Cheese is a big thing in Netherlands – they have been making kaas since 800 B.C. and was the second largest exporter in the world in 2019. Majority of Dutch kaas are semi-hard or hard cheeses with Gouda and Edam being the popular ones.

In Amsterdam, there is a kaas shop in every street, every corner and a few doors of each other. So, don’t go home without tasting some Edam, Gouda, Geitenkaas and Maasdammer.

Walk into a Henri Willig that is dotted around Amsterdam for a quick taste and guide to their wide selection of cheeses – from natural to smoked, herbs and garlic as well as chilli cheeses!

Next, visit the Reypenaer Tasting Room in Old Amsterdam for a professionally guided cheese tasting activity in a century-old warehouse.

Visit also Kaaskamer in Negen Straatjes (9 Streets) for cheeses from around Netherlands and the world.

If you want to learn more about the Dutch cheese, you could always venture out of Amsterdam a little and visit any of the top five cheese markets – Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden. Here, you can witness how cheese merchants had conducted their business for the last six-hundred years.

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The Dutch breakfast! | Food in Amsterdam

6 | Ontbijtkoek

Ontbijtkoek | food in Amsterdam

‘Ontbijtkoek’ literally translates to ‘breakfast cake’ though delicious at any time of the day with a scrumptious layer of butter. This Dutch and Flemish spiced cake, comes in loaves with the main ingredients consisting of rye and spiced with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

Available in most hotels as breakfast item and you could buy them off a supermarket shelf.

7 | Hagelslag

hagleslag on white bread | food in Amsterdam
hagleslag on white bread | food in Amsterdam

Hagelslag is basically chocolate sprinkles on white bread with butter for breakfast – loved by both young and old! Found on breakfast tables in most hotels in Amsterdam.

8 | Pindakaas

Literally ‘peanut cheese’ but this is just peanut butter. The delicious creamy texture of pindakaas makes it more than just a spread. It is an essential breakfast item found on most breakfast tables in Amsterdam.

Desserts and sweet treats | Food in Amsterdam

9 | Dutch liquorice

Dutch liquorice | Food in Amsterdam
Dutch liquorice | Food in Amsterdam

The Dutch love their liquorice! Eating liquorice is sort of a national past-time here. Although the Dutch liquorice share many traits to similar sweets from around the world, the Dutch ‘drop’ is unlike the liquorice in other western countries. The ‘drop’ has a unique ingredient called salmiak that gives the ‘drop’ its distinctive salty taste. This unusual flavour gives the drop a subtle kick, balancing out the sweetness normally found in candies, giving ‘drop’ a moreish blend of flavours. The ‘drop’ comes in fun sizes, often in shapes of cut-up cylinders, smiley faces or cars. You can find them in every corner-shop, supermarkets, markets, candy-stores and gas stations.

10 | Stroopwafel

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Amsterdam. Stroopwafel

Famous world-over as a popular pastry from the Netherlands as a sweet treat, but nothing beats the freshly baked off a market stall in Amsterdam! Stroopwafel, originated in Gouda, a little town south of Amsterdam in the late 18th or early 19th century is a popular cookie eaten best with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Discovered by a baker using leftovers and breadcrumbs back in the day, the stroopwafel is made of stiff batter comprising of flour, eggs, yeast, butter, milk and brown sugar. Two thin layers of the waffles are stuck together with a layer of syrup.

The best stroopwafels can be found at Albert Cuypmarkt (from “the Guy in Cuyp” Melly’s and Dappermarkt. You could also visit a tearoom, Lanskroon, located at Singel 385 (near ‘het Spui’), Amsterdam.

Read: Best places to eat stroopwafels in Amsterdam

11 | Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch apple pie - food in Amsterdam

The apple pie or appeltaart in Dutch is an impressive deep-dish apple-pie that is sold in every bakery and features in every cafe menu in Amsterdam. The apple-pie looks almost like a cake, infused with cinnamon, dotted with raisins and served with a generous scoop of whipped cream. Sometimes, the apple-pies are topped with chopped almonds. Apple pies are a popular comforting dessert in the Netherlands and the best in Amsterdam is said to be at Winkel 43, Jordaan neighbourhood.

12 | Bossche bol

Food in Amsterdam | bossche bol
bossche bol | food in Amsterdam

The bossche bol is similar to the cream-filled, chocolate-glazed profiteroles but these are more circular in form, almost the size of a tennis ball, and completely covered in dark chocolate. The dessert originated in the city of Den Bosch in the early 20th century and had since, become a favourite national staple. You can find bossche bol in local cafes and eateries as a dessert option.

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13 | Pannenkoeken | Food in Amsterdam

Dutch pancake | Food in Amsterdam
Dutch pancake – a must try food in Amsterdam

Pannenkoeken is popular around the world and the Dutch version is rather large! Though large, they are thinner than the American pancake but thicker than the Frence crêpe. Dutch pancakes are made of flour, milk and eggs. They are available throughout the day and the Old Dutch Pancake House in Amsterdam Centrum does it light and crispy. You could have any toppings, from crispy bacon to fruits or simple syrup.

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14 | Tompouce

Tompouce | Food in Amsterdam
Tompouce | food in Amsterdam

Tompouce is a heavy dessert! It is a popular food in Amsterdam and is essentially a cream sandwich where the cream is infused between two slabs of pastries, topped with bubblegum pink icing. The pink icing on top of the rectangular shaped cream-filled puff pastry is replaced with orange icing during the occasion of King’s Day, to honour the House of Orange-Nassau, the Dutch royal family. It is available in all good bakeries across Amsterdam but you could try Patisserie Holtkamp.

15 | Poffertjes

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Poffertjes | food in Amsterdam

Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch treat. They are made of batter comprising of buckwheat flour and yeast, they look like mini pancakes but fluffier. They are typically served with a lump of butter and powdered sugar, readily available at restaurants and pancake house across Amsterdam. For best experience of fresh, hot buttery poffertjes, try them from a street market vendor during winter.

16 | Speculaas

speculaas | Food in Amsterdam
speculaas, winter cookies a favourite in Amsterdam during the festive season | food in Amsterdam

If you are visiting Amsterdam in December, buy some freshly baked speculaas which are exceptionally popular among the Dutch during the festive period of Sinterklaasavond, the main gift-giving celebration in Netherlands. Speculaas are delicious, containing the aromatic festive spices of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, mixed with butter, flour and sugar into speculaas batter, then baked for their distinctive texture.

17 | Oliebollen | Food in Amsterdam

Oliebollen | Food in Amsterdam
Oliebollen – a special treat on New Year’s Eve in Netherlands

Oliebollen literally means ‘oil balls’ and is a traditional Dutch treat. They are deep fried sweet dumplings, sometimes containing fruit pieces, and dusted in powdered sugar, with taste similar to donuts. These small dumplings of wonder are usually served on New Year’s Eve. It is also a popular treat for Dutch families and are made at home during the winter months. You can buy them from the dozens of pop-up mobile vendors at the markets in Amsterdam during the holiday season.

The dough is made from flour, yeast, some salt, eggs, milk and baking powder.

18 | Boterkoek | Dutch Food

Food in Amsterdam | Boterkoek

The Boterkoek/butter cake is an all-time favourite of the Dutch. It is dense, buttery and sweet. Contains hardly anything else except for butter, sugar and flour. Vanilla and lemon zest is added for light flavour. Available in all good patisseries across Amsterdam – Patisserie Holtkamp in Amsterdam is a great place to try.

19 | Spekkoek | Dutch Food

spekkoek an Indonesian speacility | food in Amsterdam
Spekkoek, an Indonesian speciality | food in Amsterdam

Spekkoek is the delicious legacy of the former Dutch East Indies. A layered spiced cake, originated from Indonesia is a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western traditions that has found a top spot in Dutch cuisines. The firm textured cake is painstakingly layered, baked and brushed. Spekkoek is incredibly rich, made with flour, plenty of butter, yolk and spiced with cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and star-anise.

In Indonesia, Spekkoek is served as a holiday treat or as gifts during local festivities. In the Netherlands, you will find Spekkoek is a dessert served in rijsttafel.

Soups and Dishes | Food in Amsterdam

20 | Erwtensoep/Snert

Snert | food in Amsterdam
Snert – heartwarmingly delicious pea soup | food in Amsterdam

Erwtensoep or Snert is the Dutch version of pea soup. Rich, thick green stew of split peas, pork, celery, onions and leeks is heartwarmingly delicious and a favourite during the winter months.

Snert is traditionally eaten with slices of ‘rookworst‘ (smoked sausages) and rye bread. A good bowl of snert is best eaten the next day when flavours are all well-blended and the soup itself is so thick that a soup-spoon will stand vertical when placed in it!

Widely consumed across Netherlands, you will find street vendors in Amsterdam serving this delicious soup to ice-skaters on the frozen canals.

21 | Stamppot | Dutch Food

stamppot - Dutch culture food in Amsterdam
stampport topped with rookworst | food in Amsterdam

Stamppot is an old-style traditional dish and the ultimate in Dutch comfort food. The dish is similar to bubble-and-squeak in England and traditionally consists of mashed potatoes, kale, onions, carrots and sauerkraut.

Stamppot is a winter-dish and enjoyed best with rookworst. Many restaurants in Amsterdam have this dish on their menu throughout the year.

22 | Rookworst | Dutch Food

Rookworst is a popular Dutch smoked sausage and mostly eaten with ‘stamppot’ and an ingredient in ‘snert’. It is comparable to a hotdog and best eaten in a roll with onions and mustard. Widely available in supermarkets and hotdog street vendors.

23 | Surinamese Roti | Food in Amsterdam

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The one thing that you must absolutely try in a Surinamese dish is the ‘roti’. Roti is a flatbread and is the main part of a Surinamese dish, accompanied by several other components such as spicy curry, potatoes, beans and boiled eggs.

Surinamese restaurants as well as take-out joints in Amsterdam serve ‘roti’ accompanied by ‘sambal’, a super spicy condiment made from crushed chillies with a touch of salt.

Surinamese cuisine is part of Amsterdam’s heritage due to the Dutch colonialism and it is well worth exploring by a visit to a Surinamese restaurant or by being part of food tour in Amsterdam.

Read: 10 Best Typical Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam

24 | Enjoy a Rijsttafel | Food in Amsterdam

rijsttafel | food in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a strong Indonesian influence and the food scene is ever so present throughout the city. No culinary experience in Amsterdam is ever complete without a visit to an Indonesian restaurant.

Rijsttafel (rice table) is an authentic Indish-Dutch experience where a large meal is served in an Indonesian restaurant. The meal features a medley of small dishes like egg rolls, satay, pickles, vegetables alongside a variety of rice dishes from all over the Indonesian islands. Rijsttafel was developed during the colonial era, giving the colonials a taste of Indonesian food from across the islands.

Practical Tips when Visiting Amsterdam

Plan ahead…

1 | Travelling to Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport by Air?

Travelling from/within Europe, use a budget airline for cheap fares and you reach Amsterdam direct and in comfort. Look-up EasyJet and Jet2 fares who are pretty good in this respect. Their offers on flight + hotels comes with great value for money choices along with assurances for peace of mind.

2 | Travelling from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam City Centre

You could get to Amsterdam city centre by either public transport, airport taxi or private door-to-door transfer. As for public transport, you have two choices – by rail and by bus. Read the Complete Guide to Public Transportation from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city and pre-book your tickets.

3 | Travelling by Train from/within Europe to Amsterdam Centraal Station

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Upon arrival at Amsterdam Centraal Station, you could take a taxi or a tram to your neighbourhood/hotel. Read about the choices you have on public transport options.

4 | Places to Stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a popular city visited throughout the year and there is no end to the remarkable choices that unfolds once you start searching places to stay. Read the recommended Beautiful places to stay in Amsterdam and book your stay to secure a favourable price.

5 | Things to do in Amsterdam

Amsterdam offers a multitude of things to do, from off-the-beaten path adventures, nightlife and incredible cruises along with fascinating food tours – there is not a moment to be bored in this city of freedom. Read about ideas for a 48-hour visit and the Unmissable 28 best things to do in Amsterdam.

You may also want to explore the outskirts of Amsterdam that has picturesque villages that you would absolutely love or visit Amsterdamse Bos, for a day of fun and relaxation.

6 | A road-trip in Netherlands while visiting Amsterdam?

You don’t really need a set of wheels if you are visiting Amsterdam as the city is compact, therefore easily walkable, public transport is good and the trains are excellent. However, if you are planning to explore Netherlands, then hiring a car is a great option. You could easily pick-up your car from Schiphol Airport or at Amsterdam Centraal. Travel Supermarket is best as it checks thousands of providers and brings you live availability. Click on the image below and secure your price.

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On a final note about Food in Amsterdam

All though Netherlands is not well-known for its cuisine, nonetheless there is a rich heritage associated with the exciting, flavourful and “full of history” cuisines that reflect the people of this country. Visiting Amsterdam and trying any one of the 24 Dutch culture food mentioned in this article is an experience not to be missed.

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10 Best Typical Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam

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Best Typical Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam

Updated: May 16, 2022

Get to know the vibrant city of freedom from a beautiful culinary perspective which is beyond Gouda cheese and stroopwafel — Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam.

The Dutch food culture is unique. It encompasses the many diverse and dynamic populations in the Netherlands, a legacy of its colonial times. The rich food culture of the Netherlands is best experienced in Amsterdam, an international city with a highly diverse population of 180 backgrounds. The Suriname community has a high presence in Amsterdam. Its no surprise that Amsterdam is known for its Surinamese cuisine, a relatively unknown Caribbean food that is worth exploring when visiting the Dutch capital. It is hard to define Surinamese cuisine but it is often listed alongside Javanese (Indonesian) cuisine because of its strong influence on Surinamese kitchen.

This guide on Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam aims to give you an overview of Surinamese unique melting-pot cuisine and a suggestion on the best ten must-try Surinamese food to seek out when on a city-break in Amsterdam.

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The Surinamese cuisine is extensive and much influenced by the international and cross-cultural food brought by the people from all over the world who settled in Suriname.

Suriname is the smallest independent South American country, once a colony of the Dutch imperialism. It has a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean and the shortest coastline in South America. Although it is a small country, Suriname is a highly diverse country in biodiversity and is the largest exporter of bauxite in the world.

The population embrace Amerindians, along with settlers from Asia, Africa and Europe. Thus, the Suriname culture is diverse, dynamic and strongly influenced by people from the Netherlands, Portugal, Indonesia, China, India and Africa. Since the population of Suriname are from many countries, this resulted in creating an extensive combination of food.

Surinamese Kitchen

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

The Surinamese kitchen is both rich and interesting, quite different to the rest of the South American cuisine. Influenced by the many groups and each group was influenced by each other’s cuisine culture, dishes and spices. Blending the cooking methods, various spices from all over the world with the indigenous fruit and vegetables, creating a unique melting-pot cuisine, spawning many dishes. All of these together became modern Surinamese cuisine. Therefore, when tasting any one of the 10 must-try Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam, you may find that the dish is a combination of Javanese, Chinese, Indian and more — all on one plate!

Suriname’s Traditional Food

Rice and Roti are staple in Surinamese cuisine | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Rice and Roti are staple in Surinamese cuisine | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Suriname is both coastal and tropical. Fruits and plants along with seafood, especially shrimp are in abundance and feature highly in Surinamese cuisine. While rice and roti are staple, fruits such as coconuts, plantain and plants such as tayer (a tropical flowering plant that produces an edible, starchy corn) and cassava are essential accompaniments in their daily meals. Other basic ingredients include lentils, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Beef and chicken are a large part of Suriname’s food production and naturally form an important part of their diet. Along with these, salted meat and stockfish (called bakkeljauw, dried unsalted fish) are prominent in Surinamese cooking. Vegetables such as aubergines, okra and yardlong beans are all essential in a Surinamese kitchen. When a little spice is needed, the Surinamese turn to Madame Janette peppers for that extra kick.

Madame Jeanette peppers | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Madame Janette peppers, a Suriname origin

While Suriname’s cuisine features colourful recipes, the only true national dish is rice and chicken.

So, what are the best typical Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam to seek out?


The Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam is extensive and here are the must-try 10 best typical Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam.

1 | Roti

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Roti grilled wholemeal flatbread | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Roti, grilled wholemeal flatbread is an Indian contribution to the Surinamese cuisine and this is a staple dish served alongside rice with chicken curry.

The Indonesian version of Roti is grilled flatbread, served with chicken masala, potatoes and vegetables. You place the chicken, potatoes and vegetables on the flatbread, roll them up and enjoy! No cutleries required 🙂

For a simple roti meal, ask for Roti Kippenbout – its roti and chicken curry.

2 | Pom

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam | Pom
Pom | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Pom is a festive tayer root dish. Known as ‘Pomtajet’ in Suriname, Pom was introduced by the Portuguese-Jewish landowners as a potato casserole, from the Portuguese potato based dish, pomme de terre. When potato became expensive, it was replaced with tayer root.

The Pom dish includes chicken and shredded tayer root and citrus baked in the oven.

3 | Mixed rice | Moksi alesi

‘Moksi alesi’ or mixed rice is a popular rice dish made with salted meat, fish or shrimp and vegetables.

4 | Bami

Bami | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Bami is a typical dish found in Indonesia and introduced to Suriname by the Javanese settlers. Bami or ‘bakmi‘ is a type of spicy Indonesian egg noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables. It is also known as ‘mie goreng’.

*a popular dish in Malaysia, available all day.

5 | Gado-gado

gado gado | surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
gado-gado | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Brought to Suriname by the Javanese settlers, gado-gado is an Indonesian vegetarian dish made up of blanched or steamed vegetables and hard-boiled eggs, boiled potato, fried tofu, tempeh* and lontong**. This mish-mash of vegetables is then topped with spicy delicious peanut sauce.

*tempeh – a traditional Javanese soy product made from fermented soybeans.

**lontong – compressed rice cake wrapped in banana leaf.

6 | Bakabana

bakabana | pisang goreng | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Bakabana also known as pisang goreng | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Bakabana is a Surinamese dish that has an Indonesian origin. These delicious little treat are made with ripe plantain, battered and deep-fried, served with a generous amount of spicy peanut sauce on the side. It is popular in restaurants as well as from street vendors.

*Also known as “pisang goreng” in Malaysia and a popular snack for afternoon tea-time.

7 | Goedangan

goedangan Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Goedangan is a refreshing Surinamese salad typically arranged on a platter. The vegetables consists of blanched green cabbage, green beans, bean sprouts, and garnish with hard-boiled eggs, cucumber slices and fresh shredded coconut. The salad dressing is made from a combination of coconut milk, yoghurt, lime juice, brown sugar and chilli peppers.

8 | Surinamese Pie/Pastei

The Surinamese pie is a Creole-style chicken pot pie. Brought to Suriname by the Jewish settlers and is a common meal.

9 | Bojo cake

bojo cake. surinamese cuisine. amsterdam
bojo cake

*You could also try this bojo cake when in Malaysia, usually available as a treat for afternoon tea.

The bojo cake is a delicious slice of heaven! This Surinamese dish is a dessert made with coconut and cassava. Usually served at celebratory events.

10 | Broodje Pom

boodje pom.surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

This is Pom (#2 above) served in a bread roll – best on-the-go dish.

Other dishes commonly on the menu are:

Moksi meti – roasted pork and chicken stewed with kousenband, or green beans served with a choice of white rice, or Indonesian style stir-fried noodles, bami goreng or Indonesian style fried rice, nasi goreng.

Bara – spicy, herby doughnut dipped in sauce or topped with your favourite topping.

Pindasoep – spicy peanut soup.

Her Heri – Stew of cassava, sweet potato, plantain and salted cod.


If you are looking for high-end restaurants or fine-dining specifically dedicated to catering for Surinamese cuisine, you will be disappointed. However, you will find a selection of popular Surinamese dishes served as part of an extensive menu at high-end hotels and restaurants. There are many eateries and hole-in-the wall dotted around the city that offer a good selection of Surinamese dishes. One of the best ways to get to know the Surinamese cuisine is to try some of the best-loved typical Surinamese dishes at some of the popular authentic Surinamese eateries in Amsterdam.

Here is our selection of the best places to experience authentic Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam.

1 | Lalla Rookh

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Lalla Rookh in Amsterdam comes highly recommended by the locals for the best Roti and accompanying dishes in town. There are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available. They also serve the Surinamese soda, Fernandes for an all-round Surinamese experience.

Located near Oosterpark in the east of Amsterdam.

Address: Wijttenbachstraat 290, 1093 JK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12 pm to 10 pm

2 | Warung Spang Makandra

Warung Spang Makandra has been serving up quality Surinamese/Javanese food since 1978. They don’t take reservations, so there might be a wait during peak times. Conveniently located near De Pijp’s Albert Cuyp Market.

Address: Gerard Doustraat 39, Amsterdam. Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-10 pm; Sun: 1pm-10pm

3 | Sranang Makmur

Another authentic Surinamese/Javanese eatery is Sranang Makmur near Dappermarkt in Oost.

Address: Wyttenbachstraat 14.
1093JB  Amsterdam

4 | Roopram Roti

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Rotiroll Chicken | Roopram Roti | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Roopram Roti serves authentic roti rolled up in masala chicken and vegetables. This is a popular eatery and often with a long queue. A good selection of Surinamese roti rolls are offered.

Address: Roopram van Woutstraat 37, Amsterdam

5 | Swieti Sranang

Swieti Sranang is a great place to grab food on-the-go. A tiny take-away that specialises in authentic Surinamese sandwiches, snacks, roti and nasi (rice) specialities. The satay is highly recommended.

Address: Brouwersgracht 125, Amsterdam
Opening times: 
Mon-Fri: 12pm – 9pm; Closed Sat & Sun

6 | Tokoman

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
© Tokoman

Tokoman specialises in traditional Surinamese dishes serving sandwiches, rice and noodles with meat and vegetables.

Address: Waterlooplein 327, Amsterdam
Opening times: 
Mon-Sun: 11am – 7pm

7 | Albina

This simple restaurant takes its name from a little town in Suriname, serving up a combination of traditional Surinamese dishes and Chinese food. Albina is popular for the thin noodles with meat and vegetables. Try also gado-gado, a vegetable dish with peanut sauce.

Address: Albert Cuypstraat 69, Amsterdam
Opening times: 
Tue-Sun: 10:30am-10 pm; Closed: Monday

On a final note…

The capital of Netherlands has a long and interesting history such as the Golden Age canals, gabled houses, world renowned museums along with the freedom tag associated with the city. Amsterdam prides itself for its diverse population, rich cuisines and its affluent cultural life as well, that makes it a unique European city to visit at anytime during the year. This capital city offers a multitude of things to do, both on the best-of-the-beaten track or off-the-beaten track and a comprehensive transport system for convenient travel from the airport as well as around the city.

Added to this are the variety of cuisines that reflect the multi-faceted society of the city where the Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam is well worth trying. Sincerely hope that this guide will inspire you to seek out some of the Surinamese dishes for an authentic experience of the Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam.

Have a great time exploring Amsterdam 🙂


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Tofu paradise at a hidden gem in Kyoto

Tofu paradise at a hidden gem in Kyoto

Japanese cuisine and food culture offers an abundance of gastronomical delight with limitless choices in regional and seasonal dishes. Encompassing many traditions passed on from generation to generation and these traditions are also very regional. Developed through political, economic and social changes, the Japanese cuisine is historically much influenced by its neighbour, China. Popularly associated with rice and fish as being the staple dishes, tofu cuisine is also a staple of Japanese diet. Commonly found as little white cubes in miso soups, tofu is a generous ingredient in ‘nabe’, a kind of ‘hotpot’ which is a winter dish. Tofu is often substituted for meat or eaten in addition to meat and vegetables. It is a valuable source of plant based protein and an essential ingredient in the vegetarian cuisine of Buddhist temples, ‘shojin ryori’

Japanese tofu recipes combines simple preparations, exciting flavours and textures. Above all it is super versatile – a tofu paradise to say the least – prepared and eaten in more ways than one . In this article, I share one such experience and a little historical background to Tofu.

What is Tofu?


“Tofu” or bean curd is food made of soy milk. The soy milk is then pressed into solid white blocks. The ‘solid’ white blocks can be of varying softness – silken, soft, firm or extra firm. Originated in China and was introduced to Japan in the late 8th century, during the Nara period (710-794) by Zen Buddhist monks.

Tofu was historically a luxury food

Tofu was the luxury food of the Shoguns in the early Edo period (1603-1868), and farmers were only allowed to eat on special days. Today, you can enjoy an exquisite meal of tofu, from starter to main course and dessert in a traditional Japanese setting at Yodofu Sagano in Kyoto.

Yodofu Sagano | Arashiyama KYOTO

Tofu restaurant in Arashiyama: A simplistic entrance to Yudofu Sagano
Tofu restaurant in Arashiyama: A simplistic entrance to Yudofu Sagano, Arashiyama, Kyoto | Image: georgina_daniel

Yodofu Sagano is tucked away in a quiet part of Arashiyama, within a breath-taking traditional Japanese style garden. The dining experience is one of its kind because you get treated to flute music, tatami mats and cooking at the table. It is a unique, relaxing dining experience, where food is leisurely served by servers in Kimonos.

Tofu “Paradise”

“Yudofu”- Tofu simmered in broth, in a clay pot at the table

The tofu “paradise” comes as a set meal, where the main course is “Yodofu.” Yodofu is tofu simmered in a light dashi broth, in a clay-pot right in front of you! There are several other small dishes, about nine of them in small bowls including deep fried tempura vegetables, rice and tsukemono pickles. Dessert and unlimited tea are also included.

Tofu hotpot
Tofu hotpot
Traveller photo submitted by cwl421 to TripAdvisor

A set meal is around 40,000 Yen which may seem pricey for a tofu-based vegetarian meal. You can get absolutely stuffed with dish after dish of tofu prepared in various ways! Moreover, it is the dining experience of having a good, clean meal in a tranquil, un-rushed setting which makes it a worthwhile experience.

How to find Yodofu Sagano

Yodofu Sagano is not an easy place to find because it is tucked away in a quaint part of Arashiyama and it what looks like a private estate. It is on the grounds of Tenryu-ji Temple. You need to go around the corner, past the Shinto statues and you will find the gate to the main entrance.

Path to the tofu restaurant, Yodofu Sagano, lined with Shinto statues
Path to the tofu restaurant, Yodofu Sagano, lined with Shinto statues | Image: georgina_daniel
Just the tranquility of the zen garden within the grounds of the tofu restaurant, Yodofu Sagano.
Just the tranquility of the zen garden within the grounds of the tofu restaurant, Yodofu Sagano | Image: georgina_daniel.

If you take the address down (below) and have it on google maps, you will find it. Choose the traditional setting over the western one. An indoor experience will give you an authentic feel.

The warm interior of Yodofu Sagano
The warm interior of Yodofu Sagano | Image: georgina_daniel

The inner garden is absolutely beautiful, with moss covered grounds, bamboos and trees that provide ample shade. So make time to stroll and enjoy the tranquillity of the garden.

Moss covered grounds at Sodofu was added appeal
Moss covered grounds at Yodofu was an added appeal
The zen garden surrounding Yudofu Sagano
The garden surrounding Yudofu Sagano


I think you know what my final say is going to be…have this restaurant on your list when you visit Arashiyama, Kyoto.

Have this address on google map so you can find Yodofu Sagano

Yudofu Sagano | 45 Sagatenryuji

Susukinobabacho, Ukyo-ku,

Kyoto 616-8385, Kyoto Prefecture.

Tel: +81 758716946


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