If you ever get tired of French fries, you might want to try some Belgian fries (frites) -but be warned they aren’t quite “fast food.” In Belgium, fries are taken very seriously. They are the centerpiece of frites shops, or fritkots. And only recently have they begun to take off internationally. How are Belgian fries different from what we are used to?
First, frites require certain kinds of fresh potatoes. The Belgians prefer to use a local spud called bintje.
Also, true frites are cut thicker; in fact, they are about three times thicker than a McDonald’s fry.
And to be real frites, they need to be fried twice. First to make the inside soft, and a second time to give the outside a nice bite.
And you have to remember that Belgian fries, along with a dipping sauce, are the centerpiece of a meal, not a side-dish.
All in all, it sounds like a tall order to export, but a company called Bel Frit is trying to do just that.
(Image credit: Flickr user Domitille Parent)