Although everyone knows that the Dutch can’t get enough stinky cheese, not everyone knows that they’re also nuts about pannenkoeken (pancakes). Now, before you get too excited, we must warn you that you shouldn’t expect a giant stack of flapjacks smothered in butter and maple syrup if you order pancakes at a local restaurant. In fact, pancakes here often resemble a huge omelette filled with all manner of toppings from savoury ingredients like bacon, cheese and mushrooms to more conventional delights like fruit and berries. You should also bear in mind that the dark syrup on offer at traditional Dutch pancake joints isn’t even remotely related to the maple tree. It’s actually a strong, bitter kind of treacle (molasses) that’s definitely an acquired taste, especially if you’re expecting sweet, golden maple syrup. The Dutch also love their poffertjes, which are tiny silver dollar-sized spongy pancakes that are often dusted with powdered sugar.