I’m currently visiting my home country, The Netherlands to spend the holidays with my family and friends. I haven’t been here in a while and it’s been a lot of fun to look at the Dutch cuisine and traditional foods with “Models Do Eat” eyes
Let me start with an old Dutch tradition that I re-discovered during this trip: Raw Herring.
I only learned to appreciate raw fish a few years ago and had only tried a raw herring (without success) when I was a little girl. Since my taste buds and my curiosity towards food have developed tremendously over the last few years I couldn’t wait to try it again.
Dutch People eat raw herring as a snack and buy it at one of the many “Herring stands” or visboers (Fish Farmers) in the city. The traditional way to eat a herring is to grab the fish by it’s tail, hold it up in the air in front of your mouth and eat away. I have to admit, I didn’t eat it the traditional way and asked the visboer to cut it into pieces.
I carefully placed the fish, onion and pickle on my tong. I slowly started chewing and was pleasantly surprised; this tastes realy good! The raw onions and pickles really complement the flavor of the fish, which soft and silky texture reminds me of the highest-grade sashimi.
I will definitely eat a few more of these tasty little fish before I travel back to the States! Herring is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which makes this a super-healthy snack.