Pancake restaurants: a Dutch institution

Pancake restaurants: a Dutch institution

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Tuck into Pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes) Dutch style, after a brisk winter walk through nature, but please, no shoarma or seafood, I like them sweet says blogger Dutched Pinay.

Traditional Dutch pancakes are thicker than French crepes and thinner than the usual Hungry Jack pancakes I grew up with.

Pancake restaurants are actually a huge thing in the Netherlands and popular with families over the weekends. With every ingredient thrown into a bowl and mashed until muggy, you may wonder if this is why the Dutch Kitchen has a hard time making it to international cuisine stardom. But guess what? Dutch pancakes are a national institution!

So, if you are one of those seriously looking at taking a real peek and experiencing Dutch food the gezellig way, take my word for it and look for a pancake restaurant. And outside Amsterdam please, because Amsterdam is not the Netherlands.

Dutch pancakes, unlike their counterparts, are like ice cream. They come in many flavours and with different toppings!

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Photo © Patcito

 Pannenkoeken met ham & kaas: Dutch pancakes, pannenkoeken, contain a high proportion of egg, and are larger and thicker than American pancakes and french crepes.

I’ve had ham and apple pancake in Mariënwaerdt while Dutchman had ham and raisin pancake. I saw unique pancake specialties on the menu, some with vegetables, seafood, and even meat like shaorma! I haven’t been brave enough to try them though as I can’t imagine sprinkling powdered sugar on them. I like my pancakes with powdered sugar. Please. Thank you.

These pancake restaurants are usually barns and farm houses converted into convivial restaurants with open terraces, a large playground for the children and in most cases situated near a forest, park or estate. A very typical Dutch family thing is to go for long walks through nature during weekends, ending up with a hearty pancake treat.

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In time I have accumulated a few favourites. The row of inviting pancake restaurants in Lage Vuursche  near Bilthoven has been on my mind lately, perhaps it’s time to go back there.

The popular pancake restaurant Rhijnauwen in Bunnik is another favourite choice. Instead of always going by car or bike, why not take the boat trip (romantic idea) from Utrecht Center through the Rhine River to this pancake restaurant? And recently, I have been in Mariënwaerdtin Beesd where they also serve yummy pancakes!



Reprinted with permission from Dutched Pinay in the Netherlands

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Photo credits: Inferis; Patcito; Nationaal Archief


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