Kootje, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tasted on March 26, 2004
— We really only had 24 hours in Amsterdam before we came home to
the states. And honestly we didn't have good intel on where
we were supposed to be eating. After wandering around downtown and
rejecting the recommendations that our concierge made (super
touristy yuck - literally they had a special menu for
tourists) we happened upon a little fast-foodish chain called
Broodje van Kootje.
odd little establishment served what appeared to be Dutch street
food (we saw many stalls serving the same kind of fare) - a variety
of sandwiches with all sorts of different fillings. Each sandwich
served on fluffy sweet rolls is served with a dollop of butter. I'm
always pretty positive on any cuisine where butter is a baseline
ingredient. We ordered a bunch of different sandwiches to get a
sense of the variety and quality.
We got one with
tiny prawns and mayo. We also had one with
raw beef, onions, salt, and pepper. It was like yummy fast food
steak tartare served (of course) with a hard-boiled egg. The
sausage with mustard sandwich was simple and slightly spicy.
pea soup with sausage was also hearty and quite good tasting.
They had their own variation of
pizza too. Debbie
was (of course) at first freaked out by the carrot and celery -
though she seemed to accept the fact that the main ingredients were
ham and cheese. But once she took a bite, she loved it. The bread
was chewy and light, and the sauce had a slight bbq citrus curry
quality. Quite good.
hot mashed potato (I think) croquette? How about as a sandwich
with butter? This was also enjoyable especially when dipped in the
Indonesian soy sauce that was like a concentrated soy sauce.
This little two location chain is cute and serves
yummy street food under a roof. And if your tired of
traversing the city, checking out the museums, or wondering why
so many Europeans seem so
stuck in the '80's musically, then stopping in to Broodje van
Kootje is the right thing to do.