Amsterdam

Order the bouncer

more than a year ago

If you’re in a café and can’t decide what to eat, just do as the locals do and order the uitsmijter (pronounced outs-may-ter). This is Holland’s contribution to world comfort and breakfast food and is on the menu of nearly every café worth its salt in the Netherlands. Although presentation varies from place to place, it’s basically two or three fried eggs sunny side up served on slices of bread with ham and melted cheese. Some of the swankier establishments in town will also offer gourmet cheeses, homemade bread and roast beef or prosciutto instead of ham with a side salad, but this classic Dutch staple is essentially an open-faced egg sandwich. Although it’s usually a huge meal, it’s often one of the cheapest items on the menu, which is perhaps why it’s also so popular with frugal locals. In case you’re wondering, uitsmijter means ‘bouncer’ or someone who throws people out of clubs, because it was once considered the ideal meal to chow down on before crashing after a long night out.

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