Maastricht is part of the Limburg region, which is very different from places like Amsterdam and The Hague. You can also find Limburg region in Belgium and the borders of Germany. It is a very pretty little city. Here are 5 food you have to try in Maastricht.
A food only found in the Limburg region of Netherlands (South, like Maastricht), Zuurvlees is a dish made of horse meat. Sometimes, beef steak or rabbit meat is used instead. As the meat is marinated in vinegar, it brings a more acidic flavour to the dish. This is a food typically eaten in winter, with fries or mash potatoes.
Knien In ’T Zoer’
The name of this dish is in the Limburg dialect. It’s called Kronijn in het zuur in Dutch, or Sour/Acid Rabbit in English. Rabbit leg is seasoned with salt and pepper, then cooked in butter and spices. Then it is simmered with more ingredients till thick and cooked. Served with mash potatoes and bacon or sausages, it is a great meal to try in Limburg!
Probably the most popular of all food in Limburg, this is the Limburg pie. It is so popular that you can find them everywhere in Netherlands, in most Hema, Albert Heijn and large bakeries.
The pies are usually 27-30 cm in diameter, with fruity flavours like cherry, apricot, strawberries and plums. Instead of cakes, the people in Limburg eat Vlaai for birthdays and events. Celebrate your birthday with Vlaai when you are in Maastricht! They also pair well with unsweetened tea.
Potatoes mashed with other vegetables is a typical Dutch dish. Sometimes it’s with carrots, sometimes with broccoli, to give the different colour. It is then eaten with sausages, or just like that, as a main dish. This is like those typical Dutch dishes. However, there is a story behind.
Hutspot was “founded” in Leiden. A poor little boy was roaming around the city as the Spanish fled the city. There, he found a pot cooking, with a mixture of vegetables and meat. Since then, October 3 is the “Eat Hutspot” day, to celebrate the liberation from the Spanish army. Remember to eat them on October 3 if you are in Maastricht!
Pea soup is a very interesting food. It is not 100% Dutch because it is also a traditional German food (Rhineland). Pea soup is eaten in winter. It is made from peas (duh) and cooked in a stew. It becomes thick and creamy and usually eaten over several days. It is like porridge than clear soup. Sometimes, people put sausages inside! It is typically eaten with bread.
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