As a proud Belgian, I want everyone to know about a misunderstanding. Let me tell you about the so-called ‘French’ fries.
Short and simple: fries are Belgian, not French. 😉
Why are they called French then, you wonder? That is because of a misunderstanding by the Americans in the first World War. American soldiers were in Belgium and discovered these delicious gold sticks. They were wondering what to call them, but apparently they didn’t know the French speaking people (because French was the official language of the army at that time) they fought along with were actually Belgians. That’s why they thought they were in France and called their new discovery ‘French’ fries.
So, remember that they are from this tiny country north of France.
Also, fries in Belgium are different. They’re not like the ones you buy at McDonalds or any other fast food chain. Here is what they look like:
The first pictures shows the smallest portion size (mini, costs 1,60 euros) at our fritkot, the second shows one size bigger (small, costs 1.70 euros) with ‘sate herbs’. Other sizes are medium (1,80 euros), big (1,90 euros) and family pack (2,50 euros).
At a fritkot there are many choices for sauces and meat/fish/… to eat with the fries. The top pictures shows mayonnaise and a ‘mexicano’, the second shows ketchup and ‘kippets’ or ‘(chicken) nuggets’.
For this post I took my camera to the fritkot again, to take more pictures of the food and surroundings. The photos were taken at ‘t Gouden Frietje (The Golden Chip) in Sint-Amands, the best fritkot ever. 😉
I hope anyone who’s visiting Belgium tries a fritkot at least once, you won’t be disappointed! ^^