Eating on the go is a necessity when you only have a few days in a city with so much to seeâ€¦ thankfully, Amsterdam is extremely accommodating with all of its terrific â€œstreet food.â€ If you are into herring, which I am not particularly fond of, there are several herring stalls all over the city. The month of May also means the arrival of the â€œfreshâ€ herring and itâ€™s a big deal for the locals, but I just couldnâ€™t get into it. It tasted a bit like slightly going off fish with the blood clearly visible. I eat raw fish, lots of different sushi in fact, but the herring was not so easy. Served with pickles and onions, I suspect this is an acquired taste for most non-Northern Europeans. The pickled herring is a bit more palatable but still unusual for my palateâ€¦
Also available in many places are spectacularly good French fries that are sold in enormous cones and topped with rich mayonnaise. These do not appear to be as uniform as the pre-packaged nearly perfect American French fries you get at McDonalds or in the groceries (donâ€™t get me wrong, I love those too) but rather more substantial cuts of potatoes. Deep fried to perfection, they are once crispy, soft, heavy and rich all at the same time. My wife, daughter and I would share a massive cone of fries and would have trouble finishing them all. And eating hot hot fries in near freezing weather is a pretty interesting experience on its ownâ€¦
For dessert, there were several folks offering fresh strawberries with cream in generous clear plastic cups. They were likewise superb. Although the berries are grown locally, they must be greenhouse raised as the 35 degree F temperature outdoors meant it was too early to be coming from any farm fields. Nevertheless, as far as greenhouse berries go, these were extremely sweet and juicy. A single serving with excellent whipped cream on top was 2.50 Euro (PHP150!) but well worth it. I could easily eat two cups of this in one goâ€¦
Another local favorite are pancakes and waffles topped with all kinds of stuff like chocolate sauce, nuts, jams and cream. I took a photo of this pancake/waffle place on Queenâ€™s day and we had intended to give it a try but when we returned later in the day it was jam-packed and we decided to keep walkingâ€¦ Oddly, during Queenâ€™s day, there were several stands selling â€œAmerican Hotdogsâ€ and we had some of thoseâ€¦they were good and in addition to the hotdog, they had terrific toppings like fried onions, sauerkraut, onions, mustards, etc. Overall, street food in Amsterdam was pretty good!