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Dining in Amsterdam is a great experience as the food is not only unique but also unimaginative. It ranges from fast food to world-class cuisine. One can find a number of Indonesian restaurant as well as the Chinese restaurant in the town. In Chinese restaurant Chinese food is served but in an Indonesian style. There are a few real Chinese restaurants also present in Amsterdam that can be spotted easily since they have the cooked ducks hanging in the windows. The main area where these restaurants could be found is in the red light district in Amsterdam’s Chinatown.
Other than this European, South American and Asian cuisine are well represented in Holland. Among them most popular is the Italian food. Cuisines of other nations as China, Japan, France, Turkey, Spain, Italy, India, Yugoslavia and other can also be discovered easily. The Italian food is extra tasty because of the use of extra cheese in the dishes as Dutch are fond of cheese. All the specialties as rich lasagna, a number of varieties of Pizzas are comparatively less expensive to that of other cuisine in Holland.
Some famous Thai restaurants are also in sight in Amsterdam that serves the Thai dishes at very reasonable prices. They can be seen at various sites as Jordaan, Red Light District etc. In some of the restaurants you can see very lively bar scenes also.
The terminology of Holland is quite different to that of American restaurants. There the word entrée means a main course but in Holland entrees are appetizers. Other Dutch menus includes seopen(soups), warme dranken (beverages) and wijn (wine). Its better if one understands the compound words exercised in Dutch language as Leiden Street becomes Leidsestreet , in the same way beef steak becomes biefstuk, pork chop becomes varkenscotelette.
Some of the words commonly used are for modes of preparations are gekookt or gekook(boiled), gebakken( fried), gebraden (roasted), geroostered (broiled), gerookte (smoked); for cuts of meat –stuk(steak or piece), -scoltelet or- scotelette (chop), -kotelet or – kotelette (cutlet) and so on.
Although Dutch national dishes tend to be ungarnished then also they are hearty and stick to your rib stuff. Some famous dishes are erwtenseop - thick pork accented pea soup. It is a relief giving soup against cold Dutch winter as it provides inner warmth and is a meal by itself. Another is hutspot- a good nourishment containing potato, carrot, onion or stew sometimes in addition with lean beef (klapstuk). Seafood is also a big deal in this seafaring country. The availability of dishes depends upon the season. The renowned dishes include Zeeland Oyster and Mussels(Zeeuwsoesters and Zeeuwmosselen) with herring pickled fresh from the North Sea and eaten raw. In the beginning of herring season in June green herring with onion is a great excitement. Snacks of baked fish, smoked eel, seafood salad is available at fish stalls. Other light specialties as fresh herrings, the ubiquitous broojes(sandwiches) with sidewalk vendors are also popular and delicious to eat.
Indonesian rijsttafel (rice table) is a must eat mini-feast in the list of Holland. It is a brought back recipe by Dutch explorers and traders. Restaurants according to the budget are accessible here. The restaurants with posh dining room affiliated with the prestigious Alliance Gastrnomique Neerandaise or Relais du centre are quite expensive as they provide sophisticated and elegant environment. Little Brown Cafes that serves simple but tasty food are cozy social centers. Number of such little brown cafes and restaurants that are moderately priced can be discovered here. Another is Dutch dining institution; the eetcafe (pronounced as ayt-caff-ay) is good example for good and low cost food as dagschotel (plate of the day) that might contain meat, vegetable and salad on one plate.
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