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Rotterdam Street Food

Ridiculously delicious brined herring.

This week I’m spending a few days in Rotterdam with my friend Irene, who grew up in the city but now lives in Rome. The brief sojourn to her hometown is dedicated to both high and low dining, mainly street food of the fried persuasion. Herring has been included for good measure. Here’s what we’ve been eating:


Hot and crispy French fries with mayo from Bram Ladage.


Lekkerbek, deep fried pollock at Tuesday’s central market.


Bitterballen, fried meat bits and ragout. Not street food in this case–we ate them in lawn chairs in the yard of the Hotel New York–but sure as hell deep fried.


More bitterballen awesomeness at a bar on trendy Witte de Withstraat.


Stroopwaffels: stroop is Dutch for crack treacle syrup. This one was at least 10 inches in diameter and hot off the griddle.


And of course no Dutch street food tour would be complete without herring, a national dish eaten by holding the fish by the tail, dangling it in the air, biting, and allowing all the onion bits to fall into your purse.

2017-02-17T15:17:28+00:00 August 22nd, 2012|Categories: Food & Wine, Fried Foods, Gastronomic Traditions, Holland|10 Comments


  1. Nathalie (@spacedlaw) August 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    You forgot poffertjes (loaded with butter and Cointreau) and sandwiches packed with little Atlantic grey shrimps or smoked eel.

  2. Frank August 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    One rarely hears about Dutch food in a positive light. But perhaps it deserves a rethink…

  3. BuzzInRome August 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Agree it deserves a rethink. Loved their balls and what about the Dutch apple cake? It’s so good! Take Dudok’s for instance, in Rotterdam but also elsewhere in the Netherlands.

    I loved Rotterdam. Why is it so under-rated? The use-it guide is very handy http://www.use-it.nl/1/46

  4. Brett August 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Dang. Holland just jumped a few spots on the “Go Here Next” list. Looks delicious.

  5. Irene August 24, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Sadly we already had to cram 50000 calories into 3 days, so we had to skip a few other delicacies. Poffertjes indeed, Nathalie! And minishrimp, Zealand oysters,pannenkoeken, raw butter. Aaaahhh. Katie, my suitcase will be loaded with stroopwafels and cheese next time.

  6. Angie August 25, 2012 at 4:27 am - Reply

    That stroopwaffle is straight out of my dreams! I love ’em but have never seen a huge one like that! Oh man, too awesome.

  7. Mexican Food August 28, 2012 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Well the pictures shared seem to be awesome in look, i surely do hope they are tasty too like their looks….

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  9. Nicole November 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Hm, the onions that go with herring are usually there to cover up the smell of (not fresh) herring. If it’s not good enough to eat without onions, better not eat it…

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