Eating Around the World at World of Food in Amsterdam
In my first week in Amsterdam, I was invited by the Yelp community manager of Amsterdam, Flip, to an intimate, 15-person Yelp Elite Masterclass event where we got to tear apart Pinch’s new 5 course gastronomical dumpling menu!
Course after course, we were encouraged to be wholly honest, and even, brutal without filter. This screamed:
Welcome to Amsterdam! Everything you heard about us is true.
We’re honest as honest gets, and we appreciate it.
This was such a thoughtful way of Flip to include me into the Yelp Elite scene so last minute in order for me to really get to know people at a smaller event, and voila! I met a couple of foodies -duh- and being the good foodies that we are, we decided to foodventure out to World of Food in Amsterdam.
World of Food is an old garage transformed into an ethnic food court where you can get street cart type food from around the world.
Unlike Foodhallen or most food markets I’ve been to, this is a truly diverse food court with more than your usual Thai and Japanese food. There is Albanian, African (ok I know that’s not very specific), Indian, Surinamese, and other countries represented.
My first reaction walking up to the food court was, “Oh look how diverse. There’s a McDonald’s at the entrance,” and now I noticed on the site that McDonald’s is included on the site of restaurants to eat at. Why couldn’t they just leave that one out?
Anyways, my second reaction was much better when I got inside. Like I mentioned, I really loved the fact that when they said a diverse array of ethnic foods, they meant it.
We circled around the food court a few times not knowing what to eat. But then just went ham and started ordering things at several vendors. Then, all of a sudden, we had so much food.
Here are some foods we ate– photos are compliments of Liyen Siaw, one of my first Dutch friends!
This was one of our first bites, and by far, my favorite of the night. It’s filled with Kiwa (some sort of shellfish I guess) and great spices. I can’t tell you more than that though ’cause I don’t know what I ate.
At this stand, they were giving out free samples of their coconut bread. We didn’t taste any coconut, more like apples or banana, but either way, we liked it. How could you not? It was a sweet bread.
Patrick ordered this Surinamese Bara for us. It was my 2nd favorite food of the night. It is basically fried dough made of lentils. There was some spicy chutney on top that added a great kick to it.
These are the Baras being cooked. Originally they were going to microwave us some already prepared ones, but Patrick, knowing his Baras, freaked out, and they made us fresh ones. Hooray!
We also got this whole platter of food we didn’t intend to get. We just wanted the pancakes and ended up with chicken, plantains, and potato salad. #lostintranslation It’s ok. We liked it all and ate every bit.
This is lamb in naan from Chilli & Spice. I don’t recommend it. The lamb was overcooked, which happens so easily, and … I don’t know. I just don’t recommend it. Perhaps other things there are good though like their lassis, which everyone but me got.
Patrick & Liyen got some desserts from Yvette’s Kitchen to round off their savory treats with sweet ones. They were flan-type desserts.
So here’s everything we ate there!
I will flat out say that I won’t be going back there because 1) I only have two years in Amsterdam to try out all its food so repeating places to eat isn’t on my list of things to do unless it’s out of this world amazing 2) World of Food is far and 3) the food here is not that great to travel so far to and eat again.
However, it’s a foodventure I would recommend (for locals or those vacationing here for longer than a week) because it’s always fun to check out new things and support local entrepreneurs. If you go, get the Surinamese bara & that Kiwa pastry, which is at one or two stands left of the Surinamese bara place.
Location: Develstein 100, 1102 AK Amsterdam Zuid-Oost
If you’ve been, do you recommend anything else for my readers to try? Let me know by commenting below!
Special thanks to: Liyen Siaw for her photos!