Fries, chocolate, famous gourmet waffle (Gauffre), rabbit in beer (lapin a la biere), Tartiflette and mulled wine – heaven in my mouth!
As you can guess, my culinary journey in Brussels and Bruges, Belgium last November turned out to be an unforgettable experience. As a food lover, I tried every single dish I saw in the street (yes, I never dined out in restaurants) and my mouth was constantly busy with consuming new local treats. Based on my experience, I can say Belgian food is great and nutritious, well spiced with ginger, cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg and fiends that give it an incredible flavour and aroma. In addition, Belgians love eating meat, cheese and mustard, and mushrooms of course. Certainly, nobody pays as much attention to the decoration as taste, because appearance is the most important.
What I loved the most about the Belgian street food were its cheap prices and huge portions I could share with my host! All the food I ate came from local food stands located all over the place, mainly city centres, and they never costed more than 7.5 euros ($10) per portion. Here is the list of 11 most delicious Belgian treats I couldn’t resist of:
#1 Waffles (1 euro/$1.30 per one)
They can be found everywhere in the street with different prices (from 1 euro to even 10 euros per one). You can get them either hot or cold with some fruits, nuts, honey or whipped cream (some chocolate freaks, like me, ask for extra Nutella on top).
I must admit I enjoyed the plain waffles too. It was very sweet and soft.
#2 Belgian chocolate (5-13 euros per kg)
Belgian chocolate was incredibly delicious. I actually discovered its new flavour, very creamy and thick. It is mental how many different chocolates you can find all over Brussels. My favourite one was nougat ginger chocolate. You can read more about it in my Chocolate Paradise in Brussels: Where to Go and Where to Eat note.
#3 Chips – 3 euros ($3.90) small size, 5 euros ($7) large size
Fresh potatoes, double fried, seasoned and served with ketchup and mayo sauce – yummy!
#4 Chocolate Bread (free tasting)
I was lucky enough to taste some Belgian chocolate bread for free. It tastes amazing like a whole wheat bread with some chocolate chips in it. It was not sweet at all but you could taste the chocolate flavour. Perfect combination! A loaf of bread costed 6 euros ($8).
#5 Sausage with cabbage and potatoes served with baguette (4 euros – $5 per portion)
It is a Belgian mishmash with small pieces of sausage, bacon, chopped onions, cabbage and potatoes. It tastes so much like Polish bigos and it’s stodgy.
#6 Tartiflette (7 euro – $9 per portion)
It is actually a French dish (it comes from the Savoie region of the Alps ) made with cheese, potatoes, bacon, onions, garlic and cream. It tastes very creamy and rich.
#7 Baked potatoes (plain 4 euros – $5, beef and chicken 5 euros – $6.50, honey/shrimps/goat 6 euros – $8)
Freshly baked potatoes stuffed with veggies, olives and meat of your choice topped with creamy cheese is a great choice for freezing days. I was amazed by the huge size of them and variety of toppings.
#8 Churros (small 5 euro – $6.50, big 7 euro – $9, extra nutella 1 euro)
Los churros are Spanish doughnuts best tasted when dipped in hot chocolate or milky coffee. They are very sweet and oily. I loved their crunchy and fresh taste! You definitely must give it a try if you are not on a diet :).
#9 Noodles with veggies (Chinese style, 5 euros – $6.50 per plate)
The dish was not an authentic Chinese meal as it was made by a Belgian lady. It tastes great though, very mild and creamy.
#10 Sausage and onion baguette (4,50 euros – $6)
It was a very simple, but very yummy treat I found at Bruges market. The baguette was soft and crispy, the sausage was well done and my onions were just melting inside. Of course I added some splash of ketchup on top!
#11 Chocolate Kisses (0.70 euro – $1 each)
I found them in Bruges and I was like “Chocolate? Again?” but then my host asked me to try them and they were incredibly delicious. They are filled with super creamy foam covered by quite sweet white, dark or white and dark chocolate and sprinkled with nuts.
As you can see, there is a huge variety of street food available in Belgium. The food is typical Christmas warm up. I bet there is even more dishes served in the summer but one thing I am sure of- everyone can find something nice, fresh and tasty. Sitting on the bench in the park feels better than staying in busy posh restaurants (I won’t even mention the price difference)!
Which of those dishes would be on your must try list when visiting Belgium?