The Netherlands is one of the European countries that has gained the most tourism in recent years, thanks especially to low-cost airlines as they offer the possibility of moving around Europe for very little money. That has made people travel to more countries than the famous England, Germany or France, and other countries that were not so touristy at first are becoming a reference.
On several occasions we have written in Vuela Viajes about its most interesting destinations, so today I would like to focus on something that we must all take into account when traveling anywhere: the local gastronomy. It is clear that Dutch gastronomy is not as important as others, but it does have very interesting products and dishes. Its big star is cheese , of which almost 700 million kilos a year are produced throughout the country.
As I said before, cheese is the most famous and the most typical are creamy and tasty, such as Edam Gouda or Leyden. Other products such as vegetables , fish, seafood and potatoes are also very successful. With all of them the main dishes are made in any corner of the country.
Its most typical dishes include rijsttafel , pea soup and Dutch stew (potatoes, onions, carrots and meat). There are also several popular fish dishes, such as mussels with fried potatoes, fried mussels with onions or the hutspot, which is a stew of vegetables, eels, fried fish and marinated herring.
As for desserts, there are two that are especially famous: appelgebak (apple pie) and poffertjes (miniature pancakes). Other sweets such as gingerbread cookies or chocolate in any of its forms and flavors are also successful.
Lastly, the drinks. The most typical are beer and jenever gin . Local gin can be young or old, and both are delicious both alone and in combination.