When you find yourself astray in Antwerp, you ought to visit a local fast food Valhalla also called ‘t frituur, where they serve authentic Belgian fries – baked twice, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – as well as copious delicious and unhealthy deep-fried snacks. These deep-fried potatoes have become a substantial part of our national dishes in the course of history.
Head towards our vibrant student quarter when you feel the need for some late night chow or desire a quick bite before you go out with friends. Here you will find De Smulpaep, a prime location to satisfy those cravings and try out these addictive morsels.
The former deep-fryer artist, passed along his experience and finger-food recipes to a charming couple who keep his tradition, of spoiling your taste buds, alive. You may have tried the Dutch “kroket uit de muur” and prefer to drown your fries in mayonnaise. Nevertheless, I advise you to order an appetising homemade vleeskroket and to drown your fries in homemade tartar sauce. Whether or not these contested fries are a French or a Belgian invention, one thing’s for sure: Belgians have perfected them. Or in the words of Pablo Picasso: “Good artists copy, great artists steal”.
Pay a visit to this quaint establishment and order some fries. If the weather is nice, you should go to de Stadswaag with your fried treasure and relax on one of the benches. Don’t forget to grab a delicious Belgian beer at ‘t Waagstuk afterwards.