haarlemmerstraat new food fair.

Hmm, this looks interesting, but maybe because I'm remembering how it's done on the Zeedijk: totally without pretension. Worrisome is the proclamation that the Haarlemmerstraat/dijk is the "best street for eating in Amsterdam".

This may actually be true, but the fact that they're marketing it that way makes me think that prices will begin to reflect that self-assessment. Maybe not.

Is it in fact the best eating street in the city? Who are the other contenders:

1) Zeedijk
2) Albert Cuypstraat
3) Dappermarkt
4) Kinkerstraat/Jan Pieter Heijestraat/Ten Katemarkt
5) Utrechtsestraat
6) Nine Streets

What does the Haarlemmerstraat offer that these others don't? Other than authentic Spanish and Portugese food. There are two average cheese shops. Three pretty good bakeries (a high concentration for an Amsterdam street). One really excellent fishmonger place. No Indonesian or Surinamese takeaways. Three chocolatiers. Not a lot of "real" dinner restaurants that aren't Indian or pizza.

Is it strange that most of these streets have their own website? Do most streets have their own websites these days?


muggle said...

I thought you're a vegetarian, but probably not. Your blog has a lot of interesting information and made me feel like to try the food if it's possible. Great!

JayV said...

MEM, I found vegetarian duck from a comment you made on Too Many Chefs (about Meg's Salade Niçoise). Glad I found your blog and that you are in Amsterdam. I was born there and visit frequently. About 10 years ago, on my birthday - 5 mei (Bevrijdingsdag) and also Cinco de Mayo, I was in A'dam to celebrate with friends. We went to the Albert Cuyp to purchase provisions for a Mexican dinner. I'd brought homemade tortillas from Texas, but we neeeded ingredients to make fajitas. So we bought some chicken cutlets, avocados (from Israel), the normal onions, tomatoes. But cheese? There was no monterey jack or cheddar, so we made it with grated goudse kaas. :P

MEM said...

Hey muggle, no I'm not a vegetarian, even though I mostly eat vegetarian food. Your blog looks (and sounds) great too! Wish I could read the text...

JayV: very funny...I'm a Mexican food freak, so this has long been an area of serious research for me--how to cook something like real Mexican food in Europe.

And, after much research, I can declare the following:

1) for dishes with meat, your best cheese option is a firm geitenkaas (goat cheese), firm like cojita so that you can grate it.

2) for vegetarian things, for example quesadillas: I think your average jonge goudse kaas (young Gouda) makes a much better quesadilla than monterey jack does, at least if we're talking about supermarket brands of cheese.

Still though, we've got a long way to go: no corn tortillas, no poblanos, scarce chipotles, no epazote, hojs santa, anchos, cascabels, nopales, etc.

Next time you're in Amsterdam though, you should try Los Pilones on the Kerkstraat. Two brothers from Mexico City who are making the closest thing I've had to real Mexican food in Europe.

Klary Koopmans said...


do you know you can get poblanos and anchos at Toko Tjin near the Albert Cuyp? I make mole once a year and use them.. Sometimes other chiles too. They don't have everything all the time but are always happy to bring something in for you.

MEM said...

hey, chufi!

cool that they have anchos...right now my momsends me a chile package a few times a year...she lives in phoenix, arizona, so she has access to an amazing variety of chiles. let me know if you need anything and i'll hook you up!

and i do remember tjin's having canned poblanos, but it's like canned peas...you know what i mean? they're just a pale imitation of the real thing...