What will we eat in Amsterdam? Good question and not one that I had a ready answer to. That was how we came to spend our first morning in wandering around the Jordaan area on an Eating Amsterdam Food Tour.
We started off in a typical brown bar, the Café de Prins on the Prinsengracht Canal. Our guide introduced us to our fellow tour members over a cup of coffee and a plate of poffertjes. Poffertjes are tiny round pancakes served with syrup, they were so tasty that we returned to Café de Prins later for another plateful and devoted a fair amount of time for searching for a pan in which to make them at home.
The Jordaan is a pretty area to the west of the Prinsengracht home to many Amsterdamers and away from the main tourist haunts. Given that there is so much water in the Netherlands, it is only natural that fish appears on the menu. First of all we tried brined herring eaten with chopped onions and gherkin, I wasn’t sure how the teens would take to this but they liked it so much that they came back for seconds and thirds. The grown ups in the party washed the herring down with a shot of tulip vodka. Yes, you did read that correctly, tulip vodka: it was very smooth and round in a strong vodkaery way.
Beer is the alcoholic drink of choice in the Netherlands. We visited a bar for a glass of craft beer accompanied by bitterballen. Bitterballen look like mini scotch eggs and are eaten dipped in mustard. Before you bite in beware, the contents are very, very hot. In fact, when you bite in you release a jet of steam. To be honest I’m not sure that even without burning my tongue bitterballen are something that I would rush back to try again.
Dutch cheese is famous the world over, we stopped to sample some that were a world away from the red rinded Edam that you can buy in British supermarkets. My own favourite was laced with cumin seeds. Next stop was for sausages, cold sausages and hot ones. Not like the British banger but more along frankfurter lines but delicious nevertheless.
Our final stop was in another brown bar for a slice of Dutch Apple Pie. When I make apple pie, I stew the fruit first but here the apples were sliced and then baked at the same time as the pastry. Now I’m home, finding a recipe is top of my to do list.
Taking an Amsterdam Food Tour was the ideal way to spend our first morning, we ate so much that none of us needed to eat again that day, not bad when you have two permanently hungry teens in tow. Afterwards we went for a canal cruise to rest our weary legs and to slowly digest all that fantastic food.
AMSTERDAM FOOD TOUR NEED TO KNOW
- Eating Amsterdam Tours depart Tuesday – Saturday at 11am
- Tours last around three hours
- Cost: Adult €79, 13-17 year olds €69, child €45
- You need to book
- Wear comfortable shoes, you cover a lot of ground
- Come hungry, there is lots of food
DISCLAIMER: Eating Europe gave me my Amsterdam Food Tour but my husband and children paid for their tours. I have previously been on their Brick Lane Food Tour which you can read about here.
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