hollandse nieuwe

Amsterdam walking tour

dutch street food

Amsterdam street food. At many locations in the city you can find these fish carts. They sell, amongst other things, the famous Dutch herring. In the 14th century a man called Willem Beukelsz thought up a way to keep the fish longer fresh, the gutting or gibbing of the herring. This enabled the fishermen to stay longer at sea. The fish was salted ( and nowadays frozen) and then matured slowly. So we eat them raw, with chopped onions and/or pickles. During the months of June, July and August you can find the Hollandse nieuwe, a herring that has at a fat percentage of at least 16% and is gutted, salted and filleted in the traditional Dutch way.

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