Even though food from all around the world are available in restaurants and supermarkets, traditional Dutch cooking shows no signs of dying out. The dutch food become available now thanks to the dutch immigrants .The dutch food have something unique and original .

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Its origins lie in Holland’s agricultural past and it features local produce like bread, potatoes, root veggies, greens, pork and beef products plus a wide range of dairy produce including the famous Dutch cheeses. A traditional Dutch main meal would include mashed potatoes sometimes mixed with green veggies, pork in the shape of smoked sausage or bacon cubes and a rich gravy. Meat balls are also popular served with gravy and potatoes. Lamb and mutton are rarely eaten and difficult to find, horse meat is popular, however.

A few of the more unusual veggies frequently eaten are sauerkraut, chicory and kale. Thick soups form another popular meal, the most famous being Erwtensoep, a substantial peas and ham soup containing the ubiquitous smoked sausage and brown bean soup with brown beans replacing the peas. Holland has a colonial past and the Dutch have acquired a taste for the exotic, especially Indonesian dishes. Indonesian ingredients can be found in supermarkets and some have found their way into mainstream cooking. The same applies, to a lesser extent, to food from the former Caribbean colony of Suriname. Holland borders the North Sea so a lot of fish is eaten, both smoked and fresh.

The most notable fish dish is the Zoute haring that consists of a raw herring, filleted while you wait and eaten with chopped onions as a snack. Very much an acquired taste for the foreigner, but extremely popular with the Dutch. Stalls selling sea food, including ready-to eat fried fish, are common in all Dutch towns. Lots of milk and buttermilk is drunk by all ages and yogurt is sold by the litre in supermarkets. Much cheese is consumed and entire forms can still be found on display in shops. The most famous variety is Gouda, not the red coated Edam frequently seen in the rest of Europe.

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Snack bars are found everywhere selling all sorts of filled rolls and deep fried snacks. Most notable of these is the Kroket, a sort of meat ragout, coated in bread crumbs and deep fried. Chips are popular and yes, they do serve them with mayo. Visitors are frequently surprised by the coin operated hot foods are found in snack bars. They consist of many small compartments with glass doors which open when a coin is inserted. Restaurants selling Indonesian and Chinese food are found all over Holland and a take away meal is a well-liked choice.

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