Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Slimy, salty & stinky - and yet, I ate it!!!!

Yesterday marked a key occasion of our time in Holland - my very first taste of zoute haring. I'm not much of a fan of fish to start with, but I'm always up for trying something new so considering Dad and I were in the fishing village of Harderwijk at lunchtime, I decided it was about time to hold my breath and give this slimy little fish a go!!!!

We went for the popular way of eating this Dutch delicacy: on a soft white bun with raw onion. First impressions: FOUL!!!!!!!!!!!! Ugh, ugh, ugh!!!!!!!!!!!! I managed to swallow down half of it but I have to say, it wasn't particularly pleasant. The nice white bun and onion sure helped, but it was so slimy and the smell stuck with me all day. According to Dad, it tasted nothing like what he had as a child - we both felt slightly ill for the rest of the day, so Dad decided to bring home some gerookte paling (smoked eel) to wash away the taste.

The verdict:: I'm in no hurry to eat some more haring but the gerookte paling was lekker!!!!! A bit oily, but surprisingly tasty!!!!


  1. Hey Lu,
    It's great to see you having so much fun with your dad, it must be wonderful to be able to explore with him.
    I had eel in Korea, it tastes alright, especially if it has lots of chilli on it, better then the chickens feet!!
    Thank-you for all your advice on Paris, I have booked my accommodation in the Latin Quarter, and am soooo excited!!! In 3 weeks time I will be there!!! I have also booked the hop on hop off bus L'Open, and boat, so I feel a bit more comfortable about getting around.
    Keep posting, it is great being able to see what you are doing, I love your blog,

  2. No worries Selina, any time! Wow, only 3 weeks to go - that's really exciting!!!! You'll have to fill me in on your adventures - I can't wait to see some photos :-)


Thanks for reading, your comments make my day :-)


Related Posts with Thumbnails