Bitterbollen – a savoury Dutch meat-based snack, typically containing a mixture of beef or veal (minced or chopped), beef broth, butter, flour for thickening, parsley, salt and pepper, resulting in a thick ragout. Most recipes include nutmeg and there are also variations utilizing curry powder or that add in finely chopped vegetables such as carrots. They are typically served with a small bowl of mustard for dipping. They are eaten in Suriname, the Netherlands, Belgium, to some degree in Indonesia, and hardly anywhere else.
Tijgerbrood – Tiger Bread (also sold as Dutch crunch in the USA, tijgerbrood or tijgerbol in the Netherlands) is the commercial name for a loaf of bread which has a unique mottled crust. Within the United States, it is popular in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Stroopwafels – Caramel syrup sandwiched between two waffle cookies.
Raw Herring - Tilting your head back, pinching a herring's tail between your thumb and forefinger and lowering it into your mouth, you're not just eating a raw fish. You're getting a briny taste of Dutch history! Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring give the locals a year-round fish fix.
Oliebollen – Traditional 'oliebollen' (literally, 'oil balls') have often been called the precursor of the donut, the popular American treat. In fact, it seems very probable that early Dutch settlers took their tradition over to the New World, where it evolved into the anytime-anywhere snack the donut is today. In Holland, however, they pretty much remain a seasonal treat: made and enjoyed specifically to ring in the New Year.
Patatje Oorlog – In Dutch patatje oorlog means "war chips" and is a tasty combination of French fries, mayonnaise, raw onions and Indonesian sate sauce.
Poffertjes – (POH-fur-tjes) are an integral part of national holidays, summer festivals and fun celebrations in the Netherlands! Very similar to pancakes, they are made exclusively with buckwheat flour, water and yeast. They are served hot with melted butter and a sprinkling of powdered sugar. During the Christmas and New Year season, you will find poffertjes vendors on every Christmas market, usually next to that
other holiday treat – oliebollen.
Hagelslag and Muisjes - on beschuit toast. Hagelslag is something you might call sprinkles, the type you use to decorate cake and other sweet bakes. Hagelslag comes in all shapes and sizes as well as flavors, from traditional chocolate to fruity tang and from tiny sausage to animal shapes. Muisjes are aniseeds covered in candy coating. Its name means ‘little mice’ because of its shape and pointy tail of aniseeds that imitates a mouse’s tail. You can buy them in two color variations: pink with white and blue with white. Traditionally you would serve muisjes on beschuit (twice baked round bread – rusk) to guests visiting a newborn baby. Therefore blue would be if it was a boy and pink if it was a girl.