If you are in The Netherlands, your chances of not bumping into any road side stall/vending points selling the world famous “Patat Frites” is very small – nearly zero probability. Also known as the “Vlaamse Frites“, the traditional Dutch fries consist of long, thick potato fingers.

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They are usually served in a paper cone, topped with mayonnaise. Different types of toppings are usually available including knooflok (garlic) sauce, tomato ketchup, fritessaus (a less fattier version of mayo) or the peanut sauce. These toppings are, however, not free. You can expect to pay a small charge for each one you add to your frites.

Frites are an extremely popular snack in the Dutch culture and one usually finds the Dutch savoring the frites on all occasions – while watching a high adrenaline football match or taking a leisurely stroll in the park or shopping in the streets with the kids.

So, if you are in The Netherlands, or planning to visit any time soon – don’t forget to grab your share of the patat.

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About the author

An Indian expat in the Netherlands, Arwa Lokhandwala is a freelance writer, writing on travel, culture and expat related issues. A voracious reader, a curious traveler, and an amateur photographer, she has featured in a number of online publications including the Lonely Planet. She loves people, colors, festivals, and cultures. Read about her expat tales and travel adventures on her blog - Orangesplaash.