Translation: The ‘strangers‘ market. Because of the combination of all the different food cultures I think.
Fresh fruit and veggies, exotic spices, olives, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, fresh fish and beautiful flowers. It’s my favorite spot to get supplies for my cooking/baking experiments for the upcoming weekend.
The how-to for this market:
– Don’t buy at the first stand you encounter. There’s a big difference sometimes in price AND quality.
– The stand owners put out free samples of almost everything, so go ahead and taste!
– You want a bargain? Go to the market around 15:30.
The food stands:
– When you’re done shopping, go to the Moroccan stand where you can get salty pancakes (m’semen) filled with olives, roasted pepper, honey and feta. Answer ‘yes’ when they ask if you would like some tea with that. Pretty sweet lunch!
– Try the Dutch equivalent of a burger at a hamburger stand: a round beef patty (baked in butter), onions (baked in butter) and ketchup/mayonnaise/mustard on a ‘pistolet‘.
– Big, fat Belgian strawberries. Available at every fruit stand. At their best around March/April, available till the end of September. Eat them with gusto while you’re walking around, enjoy the other shoppers jealous faces and watch as they hurry to the next fruit stand to buy their own fix.