Are there any Dutch specialties?
Yes, there are. The Netherlands are not known for their haute cuisine. Or, when there is Dutch cuisine, it is not authentic, 'borrowed' from the French, Chinese, Italian, etc. But still, we have got a few specialties. For instance, this shrimp croquet (garnalenkroket in Dutch). I've bought these at the place to buy: pastryshop Holtkamp in the center of Amsterdam. They are really delicious and difficult to remake the same as good. If you buy them in Holland, be sure that you buy good ones, there are so many types and qualities. Most of the times, you will be able to buy and eat only croquets made with veal or beef. They could also be alright as long as there is still meat in them ....
The recipe will follow later.
If someone asks me, when I'm cooking abroad, to make a Dutch spcialty, I feel a bit embarrassed. Of course, we can be proud on our mashed potatoes mixed with 'boerenkool', a kind of cabbage' or the mashed potatoes, mixed with carrots and onions, 'hutspot', but really, is this our nation's proud?
Then finally, I end up making a delicious rice table, taken with us out of our former colony Indonesia. But not very authentic.
I will make a few recipes later on of this Indonesian food, because it is so good to eat.
Fortunately we have got our own pastry, like our apple pie (appeltaart) and the tompouce. The tompouce is a sort of millefeuille in French, but in this case only consisting of two layers of puff pastry. In between you will find créme patissière, sometimes 'lightened' with whipped cream. In this case they have topped the crème patissière with the whipped cream. This one is my favourite. You find them everywhere in every pastry shop, but sometimes they are too old, only the fresh one, a few hours old is the best. And them you can find horrible versions of the crème patissière or the puff pastry. So make sure you get a good one. And on Queen's day, the 30th of April, the pink glaze will be orange as we have the royal family of Orange to reign over us. Also when our national football team is playing in championships, we eat orange tompouces. At that time we paint everything orange, we are strange people.
Banketbakker Holtkamp (the pastry shop)
1017 HM Amsterdam
tel: 020 6248757