Typical Dutch food I miss…

Living overseas is one big adventure, but often I miss my Dutch food. Not that Holland has a very special cuisine – breakfast and lunch is usually a sandwich with a toping of meat or cheese, and dinner exist of meat, potatoes and veggies (often mashed together). Even so, I really do miss my Dutch food, as I have grown up with them. My mom often sends me a care package, which I love, and we always have a long list for visitors to bring along.

Some of the food I truly miss:

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This peanut butter spread from Calvé is to die for. It does not have small pieces inside, and compared to many of the American brands it’s not sweet but more salty. You can make a lovely sauce of it to accompany your chicken saté, but I prefer to put it on my sandwich.


This amazingly un-healthy snack is so delicious that I still want to attempt to replicate it while living overseas. However that’s a difficult task to do, as many of the ingredients can’t be found in Asia. A kroket is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing ground meat. This snack is usually accompanied with french fries and applesauce. Yum!


The basic ingredient of stampot is potatoes, this will then be mashed with any typ of vegetable. For instance boerenkool (only available in wintertime), carrots and onion (great option as this is something you can make anywhere around the world), endive, to name a few. Usually this is accompanied with fresh sausages from the butcher or smoked sausage {the other day my mom send us a sealed unox rookworst which was delicious!} and off course some gravy.


Haring – or herring as it’s known around the world – is one of those Dutch snacks you probably won’t like if you haven’t grown up with it. In Holland we eat them raw, with a little bit of onions and pickles, and hold them by the tail and eat the entire fish. In May we start fishing for Hollandse Nieuwe Haringen, and this is usually accompanied by herring parties, and auctioning of off the first keg (last year it raised over 56,000 Euro…


Stroopwafels are these delicious cookies that are made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. They are being sold in supermarkets, but the fresh ones are being sold on the weekly markets in cities and villages. When we were little we would by the stroopwafel scraps on the market, off course when they were still hot. Luckily Starbucks recently started selling them, however they are slightly different and 2 Starbucks stroopwafels are the same price as one whole package in Holland! But a begger can’t be a chooser!

So what food do you miss from your home country?

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