Belgian Fries – frites
Fries are part of Belgian culinary and cultural heritage. Even if they are sometimes referred to as French Fries there is nothing French about them. Apparently the name originated due to a linguistic misunderstanding, because in old English ‘to French’ meant ‘cut into sticks’.
Freedom fries, chips, or frites – whichever name you prefer to use – they’re Belgian! And we take this responsibility very seriously. Made with Belgian Bintje potatoes, cooked twice and served in a paper cone with a side of mayonnaise, they embody potato perfection.
A favorite place to sample our fries are at ‘frietkots’ or ‘fritures’. There are more than 4000 frietkots throughout Belgium and many carry a selection of over 50 dipping sauces to choose from. Whether enjoyed at a three star Michelin restaurant or right off the street, this Belgian specialty is not to be missed.
Our Belgian beers are prized throughout the world for their quality and tremendous heritage. Nothing can compare with the broad palette of flavours offered by these marvellous beers. Even we Belgians seldom know all there is to know about our own beers.
Belgium has enjoyed an unparalleled reputation for its specialty beers since the Middle Ages. Connoisseurs favor Belgian beers for their variety, real flavor and character.
Mussels – the national dish
Mussels are the national dish of Belgium. Most of the mussels consumed come from the North Sea, off the northern coast of the Netherlands. Traditionally they are served in a large steaming pot of savory broth with a side of “frites/frietjes” and homemade mayonnaise.
While the portion of mussels served may seem rather large, it is surprising how quickly they disappear from the pot. The trick to eating mussels like the locals is to use a discarded shell as a spoon to scoop out the plump little delicacies and of course the flavorful juices.
In addition, mussels are an excellent source of protein, they are low in calories and fat, they contain a number of vitamins and minerals and are easily digested.