I am not a big fan of the holiday season. Not that I don’t like holidays, or my in-laws, but the concentration of both in just a few weeks in December is somewhat overdosed. Fortunately, there are light points in these dark times as well – like Richard Visser’s oliebollen.
Oliebollen (literally “oil balls”) are doughnuts, Dutch style. I am more of an apple-snacker than a doughnut eater but Richard’s oliebollen are in a class of their own. Richard is a pastry chef, a doughnut maker, and a man with a mission – to make the best olieballen possible. And he succeeds in it.
Last year, Richard Visser won the National Doughnut test (the Dutch take their oliebollen seriously) for the 9th time! This year he ended up as ‘only’ 3rd, scoring a highly respectable 9.5 out of 10. But as Johan Cruyff says “Every disadvantage has its advantage” – the lines will probably be shorter this year. The doughnut stall is on the usual spot, at the crossroads of the Heemraadsingel and the Vierambachtsstraat. It’s only there until the end of January, so be quick!
Richard Visser’s Gebakkraam | Snacks | Oliebol (doughnut) € 1
Mon – Sat 09:00 – 18:00