Before going to Amsterdam we watched a few travel shows and talked to some people that had been or lived there before and basically we were told we had to try FEBO and frites speciaal. And we did just that… and more!
First thing we tried was the hutspot for lunch:
It is basically mashed potatoes and carrots with some sort of meatball and sauce on the side. Our concierge at the hotel told us this was a very traditional dish, but regardless, I highly recommend you to try it.
For a later dessert we tried stroopwafel:
It is two thin waffles with caramel in the middle. It is a must try, but make sure your sweet intake tolerance is very high as I found it too sweet (and coming from me, it is not an understatement).
We also tried the frites speciaal, which is fries with a curry sauce, chopped onions and mayonnaise. I don’t like curry, but I loved this combination.
And then we tried the regular frites with mayonnaise – they do live up to the hype!
And of course, FEBO!
This is a fast-food chain, but their deep fried goodness tastes so good! You pick from the windows which of the options you want: croquettes, hamburgers and other deep fried goodies. Pay with coins (the ones we got were $1.60 Euro each, but for hamburgers they cost more) and the window magically opens!
Obviously we ate a lot more, especially cheese (but that will be the subject of a separate post). And if you’re worried about what a kid would be able to eat, there are plenty of healthier options as well, but since these are such traditional things to eat there, give your kid and yourself a break and enjoy them even if for only a day. After all, eating is part of the travel experience!