Raw herring

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When in Rome, do as the Romans, but when in Amsterdam do as the Rotterdammers. A typical Dutch delicacy is raw herring. People generally eat it with raw onions and pickled. In Amsterdam it is cut, but in Rotterdam it’s eaten whole by taking it by the tail and simply biting into it. I found myself in Amsterdam at a fish stand, but I still asked for Rotterdam style, as that’s the touristy thing to do. I was on holiday in my own country after all.

I have to say I was a bit worried about this as I had never eaten raw herring before. In my mind I thought it was going to be fermented or sour, but it was so much better than I expected. As I dipped the herring first into the onion and then into my mouth I found the flesh to be very delicate and very sweet. The tiny bones were so soft you could just eat them and the skin was not rubbery at all. It caught me by surprise how much I enjoyed it.

Fear Factor – 5 / Taste Test – 8

 

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