One of the more popular foods in Amsterdam is a version of a croquette called kroket. It’s deep fried, with a very crunchy exterior and a creamy interior with chunks of beef. It’s really good.
The first place I tried was a diner called Eetsalon Van Dobben. They serve the kroket on a pillowy-soft and fresh buttered roll, which works really well with the hearty, very crunchy croket. Mustard is provided on the side, but I feel like its tasty enough that further ornamentation is unnecessary.
The second place was called Febo, which has an interesting layout in that it’s essentially a giant vending machine. You find what you want, stick your coins in the slot above it, then open a little door to retrieve your food. But there’s an actual kitchen and people replenishing the little food lockers throughout the day, so it’s not like you’re eating stale food (the thing I got was hot enough that it burned the inside of my mouth pretty thoroughly).
Though you can get a version in a bun, I went with just the fried tube on its own, which was similar to Eetsalon Van Dobben’s version, but with an even crunchier shell.
It’s a delicious fried tube of creamy, meaty goodness. There’s really not much more to say about it than that.