Just like any nation, the Dutch are made up of individuals. Their cuisine doesn’t have many refinements which best described as rustic, with many vegetables and little meat, also contains many dairy products and was relatively high in carbohydrates and fat: breakfast and lunch are typically bread with cheese, while dinner is potatoes and little meat, supplemented with seasonal vegetables. GoEat is here to generalize and show some of the most typical daily Dutch food you’ll find in the Netherlands.
- Breakfast and lunch
There isn’t a big difference between what the Dutch eat for breakfast or lunch. As a basic, their dish mostly consists of sliced bread, crackers or biscuit, with any of these toppings: appelstroop, cheese, cold meats, honey, jam, chocolate. They often drink milk, coffee or juice that go with the food. For more breakfast the Dutch also eat oatmeal or Brinta combined with milk, which for a long time was unpopular as a breakfast, but gained popularity because of the health benefits.
Most Dutch people still take a packed lunch to work, typically consisting of a sandwich with brown bread and cheese which is called “tosti” and half a pint of buttermilk, with a piece of fruit. They may go eat a similar meal in the office canteens with a sausage roll, soup or salad.
- Tea time
The Dutch drink coffee and tea throughout the day, often served with a single or double biscuit. They often invite friends over for tea time served between 10:00 and 11:00am, 4:00pm or between 7:00 and 8:00pm. The Dutch drink tea without milk and it’s quite weaker than typical English tea which is usually taken with milk and stronger. Other popular drinks are hot chocolate or chocolate milk, specially in autumn and winter.
Mostly in the weekend, between 5:00 and 9:00pm it’s time for an alcoholic, beer or wine, and a savory snack. This is when the famous “Bitterballen” can be served.
The Dutch eat relatively early from 5:00 to 7:00pm. It’s time when families gather around the dinner table and eat together. A typical Dutch dinner consists of meat and vegetables, potatoes, served with gravy, rookworst or a smoked sausage. Some traditional dishes such as stamppot, hutspot, erwtensoep (split pea soup) and bruine bonensoep (brown bean soup). Stews and hearty legume-based soups that are a meal themselves are very popular too. Dinner is often followed by a dessert of fruit, yogurt and a cup of coffee.
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