Yup, I know strictly it should be Nederlandse Dingen (Dutch things) … but it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?
When you’re in Holland, either living here, visiting Dutch friends or on holiday, you are bound to run into things which seem a bit strange or that you don’t have at home. As a bit of Friday fun, I’ve complied a list of some of these Dutch Dingen! How many can you cross off the list? Let’s play Dutch bingo!!!!!!!!!
C’mon… you know they had to be #1…
Read more about these little round balls of deep-fried deliciousness in Welkom op Bitterballen Bruid.
Stroop = syrup/treacle, I’ll let you guess what wafel is ;-) Two thin layers of baked dough/batter/waffley stuff with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. LEKKER!
In Dutch = klompen. A wonderful Dutch stereotype…
4. Bathroom Calendar
Oh yes… Dutch people hang their birthday calendars in the bathroom.
Meaning cheese slicer, the kaasschaaf is actually a Norwegian invention, but since their cheese is the right consistency (not too soft, not too hard) these scary devices are widely used in the Netherlands.
… or sprinkles as we call them in England. Not that weird, on top of your ice cream, but the Dutch eat this on bread, with butter, for breakfast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
8. Steep stairs
Have you fallen down a steep Dutch staircase yet? (I must confess I have… at least twice! Damn you, wine! I thought we were friends…)
9. Wearing head-to-toe orange
Also known as oranjegekte (orange madness) … this strange act happens on King’s Day and at large international sport events.
Cook your own food at the table on a bakplaat (lit: bake plate, meaning: hot plate) particularly popular in the holidays. Read more here: Being Dutch – Part 2: Gourmetten
Meaning “mash pot”. Potatoes mashed with vegetables, often served with rookworst (smoked sausage.)
12. Beer served in thimbles
A nice refreshing pint after a long day… think again! Ask for a biertje and you’ll receive a thimble of the amber nectar. Remember the glass your Nan gives you for sherry at Christmas? Yep, that’s it.
13. Smeerkaas sambal
Spread cheese with sambal (a hot sauce made from chilli peppers). If you’re thinking of moving to Holland: make THIS the reason. It’s worth it, I promise.
14. Ja/Nee and Nee/Nee stickers
The Dutch solution to junk mail. Ja/Nee = Yes to the free local paper(s) but No, I don’t want leaflets, brochures and other crap.
Nee/Nee = no mail that is not personally addressed to them. Clever, huh?
15. Slow signs
Supposedly a visual sign to warn you that should slow down and/or that kids are playing. I think they’re little aliens directing the spaceship where to land. (Good cover story, though.)
Dutch people love liquorice. They also think it’s a funny game to try and feed it to unsuspecting foreigners! You have been warned!!
17. Wisdom tiles
Tegeltjes wijsheid: An old tradition where wisdom is shared through tiles often with a humorous twist.
We all know that the Dutch love to cycle… and many cycle paths are red, so that people (tourists) are warned to stay off them. But what happens now?!?!?! Arrrrrgggggghhhhhh!
19. Raw Haring
Ok, so herring isn’t that weird. But the Dutch like to eat it raw. Tip your head back, grab the fish by the tail and Bob’s your uncle! :D
20. Mayonnaise with a side of chips…
Remember the infamous Pulp Fiction quote?
VINCENT: … you know what they put on french fries in Holland instead of ketchup?
VINCENT: I seen ‘em do it man, they fuckin’ drown ‘em in it.
The best of the rest (aka the ones I don’t have a photo for…)
21. White leggings – noooooooo! Just noooooo!
22. Bakfiets – for transporting cargo i.e. – children.
23. Lack of curtains – ever wondered what your neighbours do in the evening? Take a leisurely stroll down your street and find out!
24. Tiny sinks – with cold water. The Dutch – cheap? Naaaaaaaa.
25. Red trousers – see point 21.
So, how many did you get?
Anything you’d like to add to the list?