Living so close to the North Sea, Dutchies love their fish. They eat it raw, baked, steamed, poached, grilled and fried. While often found on dinner menus, seafood is especially popular as a fast food snack, sold at fish shops throughout the city.
At Vishandel Centrum on Haarlemmerdijk, near Central Station, €4 buys you a hefty portion of fried kibbeling or lekkerbek—hot, battered cod or whiting served with dipping sauces alongside. Bite-size chunks of slightly greasy kibbeling make a great portable meal slathered with garlic sauce or a mayonnaise-based remoulade similar to tartar sauce, easy to consume while strolling along Haarlemerdijk. Lekkerbek is more of a stand-up affair and you're likely to see upright Dutchies grabbing a hot bite if you arrive at meal time.
In addition to hot snacks, Vishandel Centrum sells plaice, mackerel, herring, mussels, shrimp, squid and other fresh and prepared seafood to take home.