5 ICONIC FOODS YOU MUST TRY IN BELGIUM
It would appear that there isn’t much the Belgians can’t do when it comes to food and drink. Home of many famous tastes and treats, we’ve selected five you must try.
While these mouth-watering goodies might not be staples in a traditional Belgian diet, they’re all iconic to the country and its culture. So embrace being a tourist, and enjoy these five Belgian delights.
When you visit Belgium, it goes without saying, that you must try some waffles.
You can smell them cooking in the piping hot waffle irons, a mile away. A truck or small stand can be found on almost every other corner, and the quality is always good. Just follow your nose to the nearest truck and begin the impossible decision of picking a topping. From chocolate sauce to whipped cream and fresh fruit, you will be spoiled for choice.
If you’re watching your calorie intake, Belgium may not be the country for you. Eating healthy is especially hard when one of the country’s tastiest snacks comes in the form of deep fried potatoes. Frites are a slightly thicker, Belgian version of the French fry. Deep fried soft potato with crunchy skins, frites are a ‘must try’. Costing only a few Euro, they are easy to find and are often served with aioli or mayo.
Mmm, this is one of our personal favourites. There is something very satisfying about a big pot of steaming mussels, cooking in a tasty broth. Although you can taste these almost anywhere in the world, it’s definitely considered a must do in Belgium. We enjoy a tasty creamy base, however are not fussy. Many restaurants advertise these at a competitive price, making the mussels all the more appealing.
Belgian chocolate was made world famous when chocolate praline was created in 1912. Now, millions of tourists visit every year to sample some yummy chocolate treats. You’ll find that most of the big cities will house one or two famous chocolatiers. However even small, local stores produce high quality. Purchasing in the tourist areas will add a few Euro to the price tag, and sometimes include free samples. If the best is out of your budget, don’t worry! Even cheap, store bought Belgium chocolate is a cut above the rest and usually no more than a Euro or two.
We know beer is not food per se, however it is one of Belgium’s most consumed National treasures. Belgium beer is world famous and why wouldn’t it be, as some of the oldest beer making secrets started here. With every city having at least one or two breweries, you will truly be spoilt for choice. We recommend taking a tour of a brewery, if the option is available, to learn the specific history behind each craft beer.