The Netherlands is a country with a close relationship to water. It’s cities, most famously Amsterdam, are sliced through with idyllic canals that locals and tourists enjoy cruising by boat on leisurely afternoons. The Netherlands is also a coastal country, and North and South Holland in particular are peppered with beaches. Given the proximity to the ocean, it’s perhaps no surprise that fish are a prominent feature of Dutch cuisine — from Hollandse nieuwe (raw herring served with gherkins and onions) to gerookte paling (smoked eel).
One of the best ways for a newcomer to the Netherlands — and more specifically Holland, which borders the North Sea — to experience the Dutch love affair with fish is to try kibbeling. This immensely popular street food, which can be found all over Holland, bears a striking resemblance to the standard fare at ubiquitous fish and chips shops in Britain, a nation equally enamored with the ocean.