Tuesday, October 20, 2009

patat.... anyone?

Let's talk about food. Dutch food.

Whenever friends and relatives ask me about my favorite traditional Dutch cuisine, my mind would normally go blank. Sure, Hubby taught me to prepare hutspot and boerenkool (or zuurkool met rookworst) stamp pot but I don't really consider any of those dishes my favorite.

This made me think.

It's a question that always pops out, and I feel a bit stupid that I couldn't come up with a decent answer. A simple question, and yet.... I don´t know the answer. What is something Dutch that I truly, truly love to eat?

The thing is, ..... the thing is, my favorite Dutch food is patat met mayo. Hubby told me that it's not even Dutch because it's Flemish. Belgian, that is.

So what is patat met mayo, you might want to ask. Well, it's fries with mayonaise.

Don´t look at me now. LOL I know what you´re thinking, and you have every right to freak out. I did too when hubby asked me to try it for the first time. My brain conked out while calculating all the fat and calories I was taking in. It was the unhealthiest food I ever had, I thought. But that was 8 years ago.

Nowadays, I don't eat fries UNLESS I have a bottle of mayonaise close by. They make mayonaise here specially for fries. Oh yeah, it's freaking unhealthy.... but hey, it's really good. You should try it sometime. hahahahahaha

The generic term for fries is frites. You can also have fries with curry, ketchup, peanut sauce (sate), joppiesaus, and even finely chopped raw onion.

The names are quite unique as well. For kiddie fries, there's kinder patat. Then, the regular fries is simply called patat. There's also patat mayo, patat curry, patat ketchup, patat met pindasaus, patat speciaal, patat oorlog, patat joppiesaus, patat rotzooi, patat halfom, patat flip, patat oorlog groot joppie, patat chilimayo, patat peeters, patat samurai. Name it, they have it. LOL

About the names.

Pindasaus is peanut sauce. An influence of the Indonesian cuisine in the Dutch cuisine.

Please don´t ask me what is joppiesaus. I haven´t tried it yet. When I asked hubby what it was, he said that it´s something that will probably make you shout YIPEEE (in Dutch, joppie) after having some. Yeah right! HAHAHAHAHA

Patat oorlog? Like I said, patat means fries. And oorlog? It means war. LOL. A pataat oorlog is fries with chopped raw onions as garnishing; "glazed" with peanut sauce (sate sauce) and mayonaise. And voila, you have a war. War of tastes, that is. hahahahahaha

Patat rotzooi. Rotzooi means mess or garbage. It´s actually similar to patat oorlog plus curry sauce.

The rest, I don´t know because I haven´t tried them yet but I´ll let you know when I already did. LOL


buday said...

Ehodef! Gusto ko lugod magkadto sa Jollibee para magkaon Crispy Fries. Rangka na naman sadi an weighing scale, hahaha.

Droomvla said...

payta na! hahahahaha

~Lopa said...

hehehehe i know, i hated fries as they were so full of oil... but here i like them, n i eat quite often.... now ask me the reason why have i put on so much of weight after moving here !

Droomvla said...

@Lopa: Welcome to my patat world then. HAHAHAHAHAHA

cherie said...

matabaun ako sana pero an mga batit ko ubusun ina bag-o mo pa ibutang sa plato, lol...

Sonya said...

I LOVE the fries here but I really have to pass on the mayo..I just can't get used to that flavor combo..lol

Droomvla said...

@Cherie: You should try it sometime. Masiram gud. LOL

Droomvla said...

@Sonya: There are times when I prefer having tomato ketchup with my fries. But most of the time, it's mayo. LOL
BTW, I love your blog. I'm definitely going to try some of the stuff you posted there. They look soooooo good! :)

Aledys Ver said...

Well, a lot of this is new to me! Never heard of patat oorlog or patat rotzooi!!!
I always wonder why the Dutch are so proud of their "patat"? It's not a culinary breakthrough! :o) But I admit that it's tasty!
We made snert for the family yesterday here in Argentna - they all love it! So much so, that they were quarrelling over who'd be taking the leftovers home...

Droomvla said...

@Aledys: Nice to hear from you all the way from Argentina! I have to read your blog later. hahahaha

About patat, I don´t think the Dutch are proud of it. Are they? Didn´t know that. HAHAHAHAHA I just know that I love patat, and love the way Dutch people come up with patat names and combinations. hahahaha

So what is snert? I have to ask hubby now to teach me how to prepare that, because you made it sound soooo delicious! hahahahaha

Hey,... enjoy your stay there and send some sunshine to otherwise gloomy Netherlands. hehehehe