How We Eat: Frites

Wil Graanstra Friteshuis, next to the Anne Frank House, purportedly scoops up some of the best frites in Amsterdam. I decided to make a trip there myself, in order to fully investigate.

The man behind the counter told me that they have been in business since 1956, and that the shop is family run – it was owned by his father before him.

Wil-Graanstra-Friteshuis

You can buy a small paper bag of frites for 2.50 euros, or a large one for 4 euros. For an extra .50, you can choose to top the frites with curry, relish, ketchup, or mayonnaise (as is the Dutch way). Right before squeezing a dollop of sauce on top, the man gives the frites a few good shakes of salt. I was feeling squeamish about the mayonnaise, so decided to buy two small bags, one with mayonnaise, and one with ketchup (just in case).

When I asked him whether he used any special techniques to turn out the perfect frite, he was coy, opting to dish out his philosophy, rather than his secrets: “You have to like it yourself, before you sell it.”

But, he added, it can’t hurt to use clean oil and good potatoes.

Frites-Man

The freshly made fries were puffy, crispy, and soft. And I loved the mayonnaise (I devoured them before I could even take a picture). Lekker!

Lekker-Frites

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