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The Best Of Belgian Cuisine

The Best Of Belgian Cuisine

Our to-do list for our visit to Brussels included the typical tourist attractions like The Grand Place and Manneken Pis, however what we were most excited about was to try the local cuisine.

A mixture of fries, chocolate and beer is nearly a perfect meal for us so we headed to the streets of Belgium’s capital city to do our, umm, “research” for this article.

Frites

Belgian Frites

Belgian Frites with delicious Sauce Andalouse!

Did you know that french fries originated in Belgium and have since become the national snack? It’s easy to see why – they definitely know how to cook their frites here in Brussels!

Our tip – skip the mayonnaise and opt for the Sauce Andalouse. It’s similar to Thousand Island Dressing made with a mixture of mayonnaise, tomatoes and peppers (pictured above left) and is absolutely delicious!

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles

Amy enjoying a tasty Belgian Waffle from Belgaufra

Waffles are a great street snack in Brussels and we made sure that we got to try a couple whilst walking around the city. Our favorite was the traditional Liège waffle from Belgaufra with caramalized sugar covering the buttery-sweet treasure beneath. Mmmmm!

Belgian Chocolate

Belgian Chocolate

Yes - these are flavored Manneken Pis chocolates!

Think Belgium and you think chocolate – the quality of ingredients in the chocolate here is superior, making Belgian chocolate famous around the world.

We hit up many stores around the city for their free samples and even tasted strawberry-flavored Manneken Pis chocolates (see photo above). If only we had room in our luggage to take home boxes of this stuff – it’s delectable and extremely addictive!

Belgian Beer

Belgian Beer

Kieron with a Hoegaarden Beer

Belgian beer is some of the best in the world so we couldn’t leave Brussels without indulging in some. Hoegaarden was our beer of choice and if we had the time/opportunity/budget to try every different variety of beer we wanted to, we would’ve left the country extremely hungover!

For beer lovers in Brussels, head to Delirium Cafe which is home to a collection of over 2,000 beers – more than enough to suit any taste.

Which of these culinary options is the most appealing to you?

24 Comments

  1. Posted December 13, 2011 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Love it! Did you eat any mussels? Another Belgium favourite. My sister lived in Brussels for a while and let’s just say we didn’t eat or drink badly when we went to visit her! 🙂
    Julia recently posted..Head Torches are No Laughing Matter (and other oddities)

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

      Unfortunately didn’t get to try Moules-frites but we’re not the biggest seafood fans to be honest. Our biggest regret was not trying the “half and half”, a mixture of white wine and champagne, but we never found a café that served it!

  2. Posted December 13, 2011 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    I’m moving back to Brussels in the end of the month so my diet will be more or less be thrown out of the window. Can’t wait to taste some good old frites avec sauce andalouse – and of course, a big glass of beer!
    Jerick recently posted..Travel Blogger Feature: Julia – Homeless and Confused

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

      Good luck with the move my friend and try not to put on too much weight haha! Enjoy the frites, be sure to save us some andalouse sauce and we’ll exchange it for some tim tams when we meet next! 🙂

  3. Posted December 13, 2011 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Those frites look delicious – would be even better with a splash of vinegar though 🙂
    Runaway Brit recently posted..Machu Picchu—the City in the Clouds

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Great suggestion! Regular vinegar or malt vinegar though? 😉

  4. Posted December 13, 2011 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    That Belgian waffle looks delicious… and the chocolate sounds scrumptious too!! Sounds like your taste buds were very happy in Brussels!!
    Claire recently posted..Best Meal in Buenos Aires

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

      They sure were Claire! Lucky we weren’t there for more than a couple of days otherwise we would’ve come back with a few more extra pounds!

  5. Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Omg please tell me Delirium Cafe is where they make the amazing Delirium Tremors (the one with little pink elephants on the bottle!) Best beer ever…and potent! They serve it at Belgian Beer Garden in Melbs!
    Looks like you guys are having an incredible time!
    Jess Jones recently posted..Inspiration For the Week: 12/12/11

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

      I don’t think they make it there (it’s produced in a brewery in Melle) but I’m guessing that they definitely have it for sale! Belgian beer is very potent – Duvel translates as “Devil” in English!

  6. Posted December 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    The research for this post must have been soooo tough. 😉

    That waffle looks delicious! Not sure how I feel about the Manneken Pis chocolates though… lol.
    Amanda recently posted..The Traveler vs. Tourist Debate and Why I Don’t Give a Crap

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Haha the life of a travel blogger is tough sometimes! The waffles were amazing and the chocolates were definitely interesting but still very tasty… 🙂

  7. Posted December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Waffles, beer & chocolate. Breakfast of champions
    Gerard ~ GQ trippin recently posted..Why I Hate Running & Still Ran a Half-Marathon

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      Indeed it is! Throw some pancakes in there and it’s just about perfect.

  8. Posted December 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    You skipped the mayo too!! Although I’m sad we didn’t know about “Thousand Island” sauce. =(
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..Why I Hate Running & Still Ran a Half-Marathon

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

      We had the mayo on fries in Amsterdam and barely ate a quarter of them… definitely made up for it in Brussels with the andalouse sauce! Shame you didn’t hear about it.

  9. Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Ohhh my goodness! Everything looks delicious! I think I’d go for the Belgian Waffles and the Frites with a bit of balsamic vinegar on (try it, really!)

    What I want to know is….how are you both still so flippin skinny when you’ve been trying out all this food for “research” 😛
    Beverley recently posted..Happy Six Month Anniversary Pack Your Passport!

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      Balsamic vinegar? Might have to try that one!

      And we’ve definitely put on a few kilograms on our travels haha – dark clothes must hide it well. 😉

  10. Matthew Cheyne
    Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    The Frites and Waffles look awesome. I’m curious to know what the Hoegarden tastes like. I love Stella Artois which I believe is Belgian beer as well and wondering whether the taste is similar.

    • Posted December 13, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      Hoegaarden is a very unique white beer – we had the Rosée and Citron while in Brussels which were fruit infused beers. However the traditional Hoegaarden wheat beer tastes a lot like flowers and is brewed with coriander and orange peel.

      Definitely a lot different to Stella! Give it a try the next time you visit your local bottleshop or pub (if it’s available).

  11. Posted December 14, 2011 at 1:25 am | Permalink

    Every time I’ve been to Brussels I’ve gotten fantastically destroyed on strong Belgian beer. I should hope that you have done your country proud and done the same Kieron. 😉
    Justin Morris recently posted..Escaping Winter – Our Weekend Destination Picks

  12. Posted December 20, 2011 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    OMG I totally see that pic with the Raspberry beer! Did you try the lambic peach one? amazing!!!
    Jade – OurOyster.com recently posted..Ski Holidays In The USA

  13. Posted August 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    I;m so craving frites!
    Marysia @ My Travel recently posted..Friday Lens Affair #29

  14. Posted November 24, 2013 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    You sure knew what to go for in our little country:-)
    Next time you should have mussels!
    Sofie recently posted..In search of the light: Banff National Park

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