Besides visiting the Anne Frank House on our last day in Amsterdam, we made an effort to eat all local, authentic food. So it’s not in Lonely Planet or whatever guidebook you may be using.
For lunch, we went for croquettes from Van Dobben, located on a side street near Rembrandt Square. A croquette, the Dutch way, is similar to the American mozzarella stick on the outside, except on the inside is a filling of blank. You can either get it broodje (on a buttered roll) or alone. Top it off with some spicy mustard to make it’s warm, gooey, crispy perfection!
Our dinner decision was to go for Indonesian food, partially inspired from the Resistance Museum a couple days ago where we learned about both how the Dutch and West Indies resisted socialist occupation during World War II. We found a place in the Jordaan district named, Terang Boelan Afhaalcentrum, that was serving up authentic dishes. Run by the obviously Indonesian chef and his daughter we sat at the single table in the restaurant and had an assortment of 8 dishes for some 12 Euros. The food was similar to Thai food, but there were slight differences in spice and herb combinations and the fact that they threw in a hard boiled egg.
As a snack we had a bag of Stroopwafels. This Dutch classic are caramel wafers made in the early 1900s by the Daelmans family. I just read that off the package since we saved some for the trip to Berlin.
Thanks for everything Amsterdam!