Updated - 29 Jul 2019
Imagine...whilst taking in the gorgeous sights of Amsterdam and strolling aimlessly for hours, you start noticing strange noises coming from the chest down. You've been so busy enjoying yourself that your tummy's started to protest vehemently?
The solution to your problem is simple? Word on the street is Amsterdam's street food are delicious and pretty cheap! So, here's our top 5 picks that will leave you drooling?
Stumbling upon halal meat is always a blessing when you're in a non-Muslim country, especially when it's chicken? Benny’s Chicken serves halal chicken in all forms – sandwich, chicken wings, satay, whole grilled chicken and more. You name it, they most probably have it?
The chicken is marinated with their own special spice (don't worry, it's not that spicy) and if you get the sandwich, it even comes with cheese! It's also super affordable, with the price ranging from €2.50 to €5.
Halal status: Halal-certified
Opening hours: Tue - Sat (9.30am - 4.30pm); close on Sun & Mon
Address: Albert Cuypstraat 177, 1073 BG Amsterdam, Netherlands
2. Raw Herring
An immensely popular local delicacy, raw herring is usually frozen, salted (sometimes soaked in vinegar) and then left to ripen for a few days.
Traditionally eaten with a layer of chopped onions and side of pickles, this snack is definitely a must-try for adventurous eaters. So, of course, Suzana and Elaine had to try it out for themselves when they were in Amsterdam! Watch this video to see their reactions?
#HHWT Tip: Tilt your head back and eat it the traditional Dutch way!
Waffles galore? Freshly made daily, this crispy and golden brown dessert can be found all over Amsterdam.
Top off your waffle with crushed nuts, fresh fruits, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles... Basically every combination of sweet toppings possible?
Do note that most of the waffles stalls are not halal-certified, however, they are made using ingredients that are free from alcohol, pork or lard. We advise for you to double-check with individual vendors and recommend that you eat them at your own discretion.
A thinner cousin of the snack above, stroopwafels are two freshly grilled thin waffles with a sinful caramel spread in the middle.
Hot and gooey, you can choose from the original (with caramel inside) or go all out and get the one with chocolate on it. (But why not try both while you're at it??)
Stroopwafels stalls are usually not halal-certified so again, do consume at your own discretion.
Price: €1.50 onwards
Where to find it
You can find these 4 snacks at the largest day market in Amsterdam – Albert Cuyp Market!
Address: Albert Cuypstraat, 1073 BD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Operating hours: Mon - Sat, 9am - 5pm (Closed on Sundays)
5. Dutch Fries
The Dutch can't get enoughof this popular street snackand neither can we! Usually served in a paper cone, the thick hand-cut fries are topped with a generous dollop of sauce of your own choosing.
Stop by Chipsy King XL and be amazed at the assortment of sauces available. From the common mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, samurai (a tangy, slightly spicy sauce) to sambal (rejoice spicy lovers!), you'll be spoilt for choice?
Halal status: Uses halal ingredients, alcohol-free establishment.
Address: Chipsy King Muntplein 5; Muntplein 5 1017CK Amsterdam
Operating hours: Sun - Thurs; 10am - 3am, Fri - Sat, 11am - 4am
Price: €2 onwards
Poffertjes are traditional Dutch pancakes with a light and fluffy texture. Ah, who can resist pancakes right?? This delicious treat is commonplace in restaurants and pancake houses all over Amsterdam but nothing beats getting them at street markets!
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Have the pancakes your way either with butter or chocolate with fruits and then topped with icing sugar? You can easily find Poffertjes at Amsterdam's Albert Cuyp Market and each plate costs around €2.
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Do note that most of the Poffertjes shops are not halal-certified, however, they are made using ingredients that are free from alcohol, pork or lard. We advise for you to double-check with individual vendors and recommend that you eat them at your own discretion.
Kibbeling is like the Dutch version of fish and chips - battered and deep fried small pieces of white fish, usually cod. We're all pretty familiar with fried fish and there's no better way than savouring some of it, hot and fresh from a street market, especially on a cold winter's day!
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Kibbeling is usually served with herb sauce or lemon and you can find it at any major street markets in Amsterdam. It normally costs about €4. Usually, the batter for Kibbeling does not have alcohol but it is best to check with individual vendors before buying.
Here's another sweet treat you need to try when in Amsterdam - Oliebollen or Dutch doughnuts! Literally called "oil boil", these deep-fried sweet dumplings are traditionally served on New Year's Eve, but you can expect to find tons of shops selling it before Christmas.
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It's not sold all year round so it's best to get your fix of it when you're in Amsterdam for winter. Imagine the taste of the deep-fried dough topped with powdered sugar, it's definitely a taste you won't want to miss!?
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As always, you may encounter stalls without halal certification so it's best to check with the stall vendors and eat at your own discretion ?
So, with all these options available, don't you worry about going hungry in Amsterdam! There are lots of Muslim-friendly options available. Just remember to have an empty stomach before venturing out on your street food adventure?