Amsterdam is known for its picturesque canals, and rich history and culture. But among the many attractions this beautiful city has to offer, there’s one culinary delight that’s quickly gaining fame among locals and tourists alike: Fabel Friet. This gourmet shop is making waves in the food scene with its special approach to the humble potato, taking it to new heights with an array of delicious toppings and sauces.
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What are friets?
So what are friets, anyway? Known as “friet” or “patat” in Dutch, friets are a popular snack in the Netherlands, similar to what is commonly known as French fries or chips in other countries. They are made from potatoes that have been cut into long, thin strips and then deep-fried until they become crispy and golden brown on the outside while remaining soft and fluffy on the inside. Friets are often served in a paper cone or a small cardboard tray and accompanied by a variety of sauces, such as mayonnaise, ketchup, curry sauce, or a combination of these called “speciaal” (special).
Where to get them
Fabel Friet’s story begins with a simple mission: to elevate the classic Dutch snack, fries, or “friet” in Dutch. The founders wanted to create a place where people could enjoy high-quality, hand-cut fries made from locally sourced potatoes, cooked to perfection and topped with artisanal sauces. They set out to redefine the friet experience by focusing on quality, creativity, and sustainability.
What truly sets Fabel Friet apart from the rest is their selection of sauces and toppings. While traditional Dutch favorites like mayonnaise, ketchup, and curry sauce are available, Fabel Friet encourages customers to step out of their comfort zone and try some of their signature creations. From homemade truffle mayonnaise to spicy sriracha sauce, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. For the more adventurous foodies, options like blue cheese crumbles, bacon bits, or jalapeños are available to elevate your friet experience even further.
Other snacks to try in Amsterdam
Dutch cuisine may not be as globally renowned as some other European fare, but there are certainly plenty of cool dishes, apart from friets, that are worth trying. Especially when it comes to desserts. Chances are, you’ve heard of stroopwafel. This iconic Dutch treat consists of two thin waffle cookies with a caramel-like syrup filling in between. Stroopwafels are enjoyed with a cup of coffee or tea, and placing the cookie on top of the hot beverage softens the caramel center, making it even more delicious. Also be sure to try bitterballen. These deep-fried savory snacks are made from a mixture of meat (usually beef or veal), butter, flour, and various seasonings, which is then rolled into balls, breaded, and fried until crisp and golden brown. They’re typically served with mustard for dipping.