Last two weeks we featured Switzerland and Munich, Germany in this must try series, now let’s go to Belgium. The city we visited was Brussels and I know those who have been here would say it’s not the cleanest or prettiest city in Europe but it has its charms. Apart from Manneken Pis, Grand Palais, Atomium and Mini Europe they have great food and beer.
5. Mussels and Fries - My first reaction when I first saw this is, “Why the hell will you eat fries with mussels?” Well I am glad I tried it as they seemed to be a perfect match. Those mussels might look small but when you are served with a bucket full, it will definitely fill you up.
4. Belgian Beer - With more than 170 breweries in Belgium and thousand different brands of beer you should definitely try some out. Best to try them are in tasting bars usually sold in sets of 6 glasses so you can have a good grasp of some of the local’s favourites.
3. Flemish Stew – Since beer is so good in Belgium why not use it as a main ingredient in a stew, the Flemish stew. Imagine succulent beef, carrots and mushrooms slowly simmered in Belgian Brown Ale.
2. Belgian Chocolates - One of Belgium’s specialty are chocolates, while I mentioned this on the Switzerland list, this has to be in Belgium’s list as well. When we were there we tried Godiva and another brand which I can’t remember anymore and all I can say is that the experience and flavour is different with the Swiss. If you like richer cocoa flavour then Belgian chocolate is for you, Swiss chocolates are for those who want it creamy and smooth.
1. Belgian Waffles - When you visit Brussels or I guess any touristy parts of Belgium this street food would not be missed as a lot of them sells it. It starts from as simple as sugar or syrup topping to something more fancy where strawberries, melted chocolate and bananas are involved.