The city centre of Amsterdam has a lot of food to offer. Traditional Dutch rolls with kroketten, a New York style bagel, a chicken melt, ham and cheese sandwiches and so forth. Whenever I’m in the city centre I wind my way through the stalls of the market on Waterlooplein for my favourite Vietnamese spring rolls.
Fresh from the fryers a Vietnamese couple serves up their “handmade” spring rolls (note: there is also a vegetarian option) with a sweet chili sauce, a hot sauce or a combination from both. For just € 1.20 you can burn your tongue on a fresh spring roll (or your throat on the spicy sauce). The low price makes me even go to lunch here and order 5 spring rolls with the spicy sauce so even after lunch I’m still on fire.
On quiet days the nice couple behind the counter are in for a talk. The woman might sing you a Vietnamese lullaby or tell you stories about how she “escaped” her country and ended up here.
Also a perfect warm up on an autumn or winter’s day, the fresh spring rolls on Waterlooplein are a good place for a snack (or lunch). Best combined with a dip of spicy sauce and a drip of people watching.
Note: during the winter season, opening hours aren’t really regular and there isn’t a system in when they’re serving the rolls.