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You will have difficulty finding a Dutch Food restaurant in the US the same way that you look for Italian Food or Chinese Food or Greek Food restaurants. The same is true in Holland. Some places have certain known Dutch dishes, but they will rarely call themselves a Dutch Food restaurant. Having said all that there are certain food items that are very typically Dutch and you may have difficulty finding such food items in other countries. Indonesian food is very popular in Holland. Indonesia was a Dutch colony for three centuries and the Indonesian food was slowly altered by Dutch influence. For instance, the very popular Sate with peanut sauce that is typical of Indonesian and Thai food today did not exist until the Dutch brought peanuts to Indonesia. Indonesian food is so popular in Holland that it can really be called typical Dutch food.

Picture-1 shows some Indonesian food. The Indonesian food is usually spicy, very flavorful and quite different from Chinese food. It may look the same, but Chinese Fried Rice and Indonesian Nasi Goreng taste very different, even though Nasi Goreng means Fried Rice.

Picture-2 shows some classic Dutch favorites. You will see the rather common French fries, but uncommon is the small dish of mayonnaise that the Dutch prefer to ketchup. Dutch mayonnaise tastes very different from American mayonnaise. You might be surprised how good it tastes with French fries. There are also two "Kroketten". This is a popular snack with Dutch people. In America you sometimes see potato croquettes, but most Dutch croquettes have a beef filling.

Picture-3 and Picture-4 show different views of the same Dutch Apple Pie. Hotels, restaurants and cafes pride themselves on making fresh, authentic Dutch Apple Pie. American tourists really like this desert.

Picture-5 Ice Cream is hardly unique to Holland. Dutch people love ice cream and they like it with lots of fresh fruit and whipped cream. This is quite common around Europe. It is not uniquely Dutch, but a Dutch favorite for sure.

Picture-6 is as Dutch as they come. You are looking at "Poffertjes" and this desert is tough to find outside The Netherlands. Special secret batter, which it is known to include beer is baked on a special grill with dozens of indented cup areas that create a bunch of small, puffy pancakes. They are served with butter and powdered sugar. This desert is an instant hit with tourists from everywhere. Keep in mind that there is a secret recipe and most Dutch people know where to get the authentic poffertjes. Many places are not so good, but most tourists won't know the difference.


Dutch Breakfast

Dutch Breakfast is quite different from American breakfast. It resembles American Lunch more closely. When the weather is cold - which is often the case - there is usually hot cereal. Many Dutchmen eat a hard-boiled egg and then eat open-faced sandwiches. At hotels - where these pictures were taken - there is a good variety of breads that are freshly made on the premises. Bread is usually eaten with cold cuts, cheese or various jellies. Scrambled eggs, omelets, bacon and sausages are served at most hotels for Americans and a growing number of Europeans are now eating an American-style hot breakfast, but there is usually still the Dutch bread or croissants to go with it.

Information and some pictures acquired from Dutch Tourism & Information Bureau.
The majority of the pictures are taken personally by Leon Schram.