24 incredibly delicious Dutch culture food in Amsterdam

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

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!

Dutch Culture Food 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

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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Dutch Fish | Food in Amsterdam

4 | Raw Herring

raw herring | food in Amsterdam
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.

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.

The Dutch breakfast!

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

Amsterdam. Stroopwafel
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

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

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.

Read: Amsterdam in a Nutshell: 18 experiences in 48 hours

14 | Tompouce

Tompouce | Food in Amsterdam
Tompouce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel touch-free and download your digital ticket immediately – If you are travelling by train to Amsterdam Centraal Station, buy your train ticket from Eurail that has an extensive partnership with European providers of rail services. Their offer on train tickets are competitive and one of the best for European travel. Click on the link below and do a search for your travels.

As well, you may want to look up Trainline who are also competitive in their train ticket pricing.

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

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.

7 | Travel Insurance

Finally…never leave home without travel insurance. World Nomads is highly recommended – their comprehensive cover, competitive pricing and their excellent customer response is second to none.

On a final note…

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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Quick facts on Amsterdam, Netherlands

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52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E
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City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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Best Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Get to know the wonderful multicultural city of the Dutch capital by tasting some of the best local bites while on a 2-hour private food walking tour in Amsterdam. Enjoy the variety of delicious snacks while you experience many of the historical sights along the way through the heart of the city. Your local guide will share his knowledge about Amsterdam’s food traditions and culture, the influences of the many different cultures that make up the unique Dutch cuisines in Amsterdam.

What to expect on private Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Amsterdam | Food walking tour in Amsterdam

In this private food walking tour in Amsterdam with a local, you will sample some of the best in Amsterdam’s street foods and go to hip cafés. Stroll through the beautiful district of Pijp and taste an authentic stroopwafel, plus so much more…

1 | Walking tour through the heart of Amsterdam;

2 | Visit vendors, restaurants and Albert Cuyp market;

3 | Discover one of Amsterdam’s most vibrant districts – the picturesque Pijp area where hip cafés sit next to local bars, creating a unique vibe of the old and new;

4 | Sample the variety of delicious Dutch snacks and some amazing bites in the local eateries;

5 | 7 food tastings per participant;

6 | Enjoy the delicious authentic stroopwafel prepared by an Amsterdammer;

7 | Learn about Amsterdam’s food culture and traditions from your knowledgeable tour guide;

8 | See and learn about the historical sights along the way;

9 | Visit the best fishmongers in Amsterdam and end the tour at a beer café where you will be served a cheese platter!

The private Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam includes the following:

Food tasting7 food tastings per participant;

Duration: Two hours

Live tour guide: English | Dutch

Instant confirmation.

Mobile ticketing: Download on your mobile device or print your voucher.

Private group: Number of participants is limited.

Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours before the activity commences for a full-refund.

Tour is not suitable for:

People with mobility impairments.

Wheelchair users.

Important information for participants of private Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Involves lots of walking – please use comfortable shoes;

Summer activity: Bring a sun hat.

Autumn/Spring: Bring along a light jacket/coat and an umbrella.

Covid-19 precautions: Participants are advised to bring and wear mask at all times except when tasting food.

*Tour offered by our Trusted Partner – Get Your Guide


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10 best typical Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam

Best Typical Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam

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

The Dutch food culture is unique, encompassing the many diverse and dynamic population in 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 background, where the Suriname community has a high presence. 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.

Whilst we work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out.

Surinamese cuisine in AMSTERDAM

An overview of Suriname’s diverse cuisine culture

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.

About Suriname and its culinary history

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 a 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?

Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam |10 typical dishes

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

1 | Roti

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
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

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.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

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

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

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

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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

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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.


Where to eat Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

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

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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 🙂

xoxo

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Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese Soft Cream

Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese Soft Cream

No matter where you go in Japan, you will find it. 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’s the one I am talking about! I am sure it is available and popular in many countries but what makes the ones in Japan so special? Well, it is the flavours and its association with a particular region of Japan.

Different flavours of soft cream

Murasaki Imo is 1 of the best Japanese Soft Cream
A shop front advertises the soft cream as “silky ice cream” – a variety of unique flavours | Photo by georgina_daniel

There are so many different flavours of the silky smooth soft cream in Japan. 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 unusual purple coloured ones, along with the fruity melon or the soy sauce flavoured ones! Yes, indeed – the soy sauce! These varieties, I am told, is related to a region which has their own speciality.

For example:

Kyoto –         Match green tea because of its association with Uji, producer of superior   quality matcha tea;

Furano –        Melon, a region famous for its fruits;

Kamakura –  Purple sweet potato

Tokyo –          Tofu & Amazake

Kyushu –       Yoghurt Ice

My mini-adventure with soft cream

The shop that sold interesting flavours of soft cream at the Omotesando St, Fushimi Inari

The varieties of these soft cream caught my attention when I visited Kyoto, Japan. My mini adventure with the “soft cream” 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), so I opted to try something different and exotic, a combination of  yuba soft cream and the Murasaki Imo, the purple sweet potato.

Yuba soft cream

Yuba soft cream is derived from soya. Yuba is a soy milk skin that is created on the surface when the soy milk is boiled. The yuba soft cream is flavourful and tastes like thick soy milk. It was tasty.

What is Murasaki Imo?

The Murasaki Imo is purple sweet potato soft cream. It is mellow with a gentle sweet taste and creamy, but not overly creamy.  It is not overbearingly sweet like most Japanese desserts.

Murasaki Imo soft cream

This is the one I tried! Murasaki Imo topped with Yuba soft cream!
This is the one I tried! Murasaki Imo topped with Yuba soft cream! Absolutely delicious!

The Murasaki Imo or the purple sweet potato soft cream was mellow with a gentle sweet taste and creamy, but not overly creamy.  It was not overbearingly sweet like most Japanese desserts. 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.

My thoughts on the Murasaki Imo

The combination was interesting and was indeed refreshing. An exotic flavour and tasty soya combined with some sweet mild flavour with a hint of potato. Murasaki Imo is definitely one of the best soft cream I have tasted. I would highly recommend that you try this exquisite flavour when you visit Japan. You will not be disappointed.

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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?

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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.

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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
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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

Finally…

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

Website: http://www.kyoto-sagano.jp/


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Hiroshima’s Soul Food – Okonomiyaki and Oysters

Hiroshima’s Soul Food – Okonomiyaki and Oysters

With an absolute craze for trying local food, my first dinner in the City of Hiroshima was to try Hiroshima’s soul foodokonomiyaki and oysters which Hiroshima is famous for. Here’s a quick guide to this famous mouth-watering dish and where you can experience an authentic okonomiyaki and oysters.

Okonomiyaki – Hiroshima’s Soul Food

Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese savoury pancake filled with a variety of ingredients such as cabbage, noodles, thinly sliced meat (usually pork) and eggs. You can add optional ingredients such as oysters, scallops, squids, shrimps or cheese. Topped generously with okonomiyaki sauce. Toppings and batter vary according to region, such as in Kansai region. Okonomiyaki is thought to have originated in Osaka, Kansai region.

In Hiroshima, the okonomiyaki is made with layered ingredients instead of mixed – batter, cabbage, beansprouts, pork, followed by optional ingredients of seafood such as oysters, egg and a generous topping of okonomiyaki sauce.

Best place for Hiroshima’s soul food

The best place to try Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima is at any-one of the restaurants on the 2nd floor of the Hiroshima Station ASSE restaurant building.

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The best place to try Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima is at any-one of the restaurants on the 2nd floor of the Hiroshima Station ASSE restaurant building | Image: georgina_daniel

This place is popular amongst the locals just as much as it is with tourists. It is packed with small, authentic okonomiyaki restaurants where there is at least one staff who speaks English. They are very welcoming, and they have menu in English as well. So, go with your instincts, choose a restaurant that looks good, grab a seat around the teppanyaki griddle and place your order. The chef creates the okonomiyaki in front of you, on the teppanyaki griddle.

Hiroshima's soul food - okonomiyaki cooked right in front of you
Grab a seat at the ‘table’ and watch how the mouth-watering and delightful Hiroshima’s Soul Food is prepared right in front of you.
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Hiroshima Station Building ASSE,

Minami, Hiroshima 732-0822

Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

Opening hours: 11:00 – 23:00


Have you tried Hiroshima’s soul food? If so, do share your experience in comments below. If you are yet to, then I wish that this post is valuable to you in experiencing one of Hiroshima’s popular local dish.

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