There are some dishes that you just have to try out when visiting specific cities or countries around the world and Amsterdam is no different with its offering of Poffertjes. These morsels of pancake are sure to satiate any sweet tooth and well worth checking out while in the Netherlands.
What: Even better than the large Dutch pannenkoeken are these fluffy mini pancakes, served with a mess of powdered sugar and butter. To make them, batter — typically including yeast and buckwheat flour — is poured over a hot cast-iron pan with shallow half-spherical molds, à la Japan’s takoyaki, and then each little pancake is flipped. You’ll see them in some restaurants, but the best poffertjes are made fresh on the street at markets, during festivals/fairs, and in the city’s squares.
Where: Once we smelled these at the Noordermarkt (Noorderkerkplein), a flea market in the Jordaan that turns into an organic farmers’ market (Boerenmarkt) on Saturdays, there was no holding us back.
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