The essential part of discovering any country is its gastronomic culture. That’s why Belgium can be easily called a heaven for all the foodies! Especially, if you go to Brussels, where you can find everything you want - from street to fine restaurants. We have a list of 5 most famous Belgian foods, don't forget to taste all of them having a next trip to the capital of the world delicacies!
1. Moules-frites / Mosselen-friet
Usually, this dish is called "Mussels from Brussels", but it is common for the other regions of country as well. The traditional recipe usually includes white wine, shallots, parsley and butter. Sometimes chefs experiment and instead of wine, make it even with a Belgian beer, so it becomes even more local! Mussels are usually served in a large steaming pot of savory broth with a side frires and homemade mayonnaise.
2. Frites / Frieten
It may be a surprising fact by many people, but originally, fries are not French, as we've all used to believe and call it. They were invented in Belgium, so of course, here you will find them literally everywhere - in bars, restaurants, on the streets and roads... And of course, Belgians know how to make them taste good! Especially, with the help of different kinds of sauces that they offer. Just choose any, grab your fries and enjoy, probably, the best possible taste of potatoes!
3. The Beer
Well, you can argue with us saying that beer is not food, but we still decided to include it in our list. Why? Because there is no Belgium without beer! So this is a real place to be for those who love this drink. Can you imagine that in such a small country has about 180 private breweries? And yes, it is producing a lot of beer! And of course, it has a lot of bars and pubs. For example, the Delirium Cafe, that has a selection of more than 3000 (!) types of beer from different parts of the world! Many local people say that they never drink the same beer twice at this place, but even in such way, you really have to do your best to taste all of them!
4. Gaufre / Wafel
One of the most well known foods of Belgium is its famous Belgian waffles. In fact, you will find them everywhere in the country, especially in Brussels, where the waffle shops are placed behind each corner. Many of them will offer you waffles with ice-cream, fruits, chocolate, etc. However, the original Belgian waffles should be served without any kind of toppings, all of these decorations are made up in order to attract tourists.
Another food symbol of the country that you can’t miss is chocolate. And it is considered to be one of the best in the world! A lot of chocolate shops you will find in Brussels, especially on the streets going down from the central square. Most of them will be welcoming you with the tasting of a few pieces of chocolate, so be ready that before you actually choose what you want to buy, you will be actually full of it! This is the reason why we would call Belgium a real heaven for those who loves sweets! Moreover, they say, chocolate makes people happier! And we can't not agree with this statement!
Belgium is a beautiful country. But such delicious foods make it even better! Have you already tasted any of them? Or have you traveled there? Or maybe, you live in Belgium? Share with us some tips and make the gastronomical adventures os the travelers from all over the world even more exciting and adventurous!