Belgium is a country that produces fine food. With influences both from France and Germany, Belgian cuisine has the finest gourmand selections with a wide array of choices for the food lover to enjoy. Belgium is famous for its chocolates, which are widely considered to be gourmet standard other chocolate confections are benchmarked. The quality of ingredients of Belgian chocolate is what makes it unique. Despite today’s modern-day equipment, most of their chocolates are made by hand, using the original equipment. They cost more, but compared with other chocolates, especially mass-produced chocolate, the price really speaks for the quality.
Belgian chocolate in its cuisine is just icing in the cake. There are other delicious foods to savor when one visits Belgium such as fries, which are potatoes cut into strips, deep fried and served with a variety of sauces. These fries (or pommes frites) are served in rolled up cardboard topped with sauce instead of having a separate container like the fries in American fast foods. However, just like American fast food, Belgian fries are also served with other snacks like sandwiches and burgers. There are mainstream stands today that serve fries this way. Fries may also be served with mussels, and this dish is called moules frites, quite similar to fish and chips.
Hearty stews such as waterzooi (made of fish or chicken, vegetables, potatoes, and herbs) or Vlaamse stoofkarbonaden (a beef stew made out of beer) are popular meals for those who are hungry and want something filling. They may be served with bread and other sidings.
Another popular dessert in Belgium, are the waffles. These waffles may be simply dusted with sugar or topped with whipped cream and fruit and sometimes a bit of sauce. Pancakes, sometimes referred as a breakfast food, takes a different role in the dessert section topped with ice cream, honey, as well as sliced fruit and candied ginger. The hot fudge sundae in today’s soda fountains has a Belgian version, the la dame blanche consisting of vanilla ice cream, fresh Chantilly cream, and cherries with chocolate fudge sauce on the side.
Travelling to Belgium can be a gastronomical experience as it contains a lot of the richest and most flavorful dishes unimaginable. Some popular favorites have Belgian versions, or probably these popular dishes may have gotten inspiration there. Either way, it shows that food is indeed a universal language that unites a lot of nations in one common interest.