When we were in Amsterdam Chris surprised me with a food tour for my birthday. I had no idea about Dutch food at all. The only thing I could think of was chips and the special Dutch mayo that I always hear about but that was about it. Well, we were in for a treat. The food was incredible. We did the tour with Eating Amsterdam and tried about 14 different thing in 8 different places, all around the Jordaan area.
- First stop was Cafe de Prins where we had Poffertjies. A plate full of tiny dutch steaming buckwheat flour pancakes drenched in butter and syrup with icing sugar sprinkled all over them. We thought we each had one poffertjie to try but they brought out a full plate each! And this was the first stop.
- Next stop was Slagerij Louman, a family-run butchery where we had Ossenworst (a cold smoked beef sausage) and Grilworst (half-beef and half-pork sausage) with mustard.
- JWO Lekkernijen - a well-stocked deli where we tried a number of different Gouda cheeses.
- Both Suriname and Indonesia are former Dutch-colonies and Amsterdam now has a number of Surinamese and Indonesian inspired restaurants. At Swieti Sranang, a Surinamese/ Indonesian take away we had Broodje - a Dutch bread roll filled with malanga root and spicy chicken, and Baka bana, a deepfried sweet plantain with a peanut sauce.
- Cafe Papeneiland one of the oldest pubs in Amsterdam - we tried their famous Dutch apple pie and whipped cream
- Patisserie Anesta - Advocaat dessert
- Vis Plaza fish shop - pickled herring sliced with pickles, Amsterdam style. We also tried their famous Kibbeling, which is battered chunks of fish with a garlic mayo.
- Last stop was Cafe de Blaffende - where we had Funky Falcon pale ale (from Two Chefs Brewery) and bitterballen, a delicious deep-fried veal and beef ball.
It was a fabulous food tour. It was great to see another side of Amsterdam, meet a few interesting people and discover a lot about Dutch cuisine!