I realized that a lot of the people here in the Netherlands don't actually know how to cook, so they all eat out or just eat little snack type things. This is when I am glad I paid attention to my parents in the kitchen! I cook every single night and day. I go to the grocery store, Albert Heijn, every few days for fresh food, and I cook myself a lunch and dinner every day.
When the girls and I went to Brussels for a few days, we went out every night because we didn't have a kitchen to cook in while we were in the hotel; and eating out really showed us how good Belgian food is! I mean, the food wasn't that pricy, but man was it good! Scottish steak, grilled salmon, just everything I had was really good. And that is when it got me thinking...if this is what Belgian food tastes like, why haven't I tasted any Dutch food?
The answer to that is simple. Before I came to the Netherlands for my study abroad program, I researched a lot of things. I wanted to know what the buildings were like, how many windmills there were, where all the castles were, and what the food looked like. I searched on Pinterest, Google, you name it; and all I could come across was deep fried food. I was pretty skeptical not going to lie.
|Dutch food samples - Cafe Sam Sam; Breda, NL|
Anyways, Alexandra ordered the plate of samples of different Dutch food. There was bitterballen, frikandel, kaassouffle, and some nuggets. To say the least, I was more confused than anything! Bitterballen tasted like deep fried gravy, frikandel was a deep fried saussage, kaassouffle was deep fried cheese, and the nuggets were not made of chicken. It was different, I will admit that. But as sketched out as I was about trying it, it turns out that none of it was actually bad. It was different.
After Heidi and I tasted the food, I told Lotta about it, and she was so intrigued and wanted to try some! So a few days later Lotta and I met up for lunch and drinks, and we ordered a sample plate with all of those traditional dutch food pieces. It was better than the first time I had it, and I realized that it's okay to order this.
So bottom line, you might not be so into trying new things, but once you do, I guarantee you that you made a good choice. I can't imagine living in the Netherlands and not eating dutch food! It's like being in Italy and not eating pasta.