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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old August 6th, 2013, 12:08 Thread Starter
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I am working for the football magazine FourFourTwo and we're writing an article on global football snacks. We want to include Holland and from what we can gather, bitterballen seems to be a popular Dutch snack. Has anyone ever eaten this snack at a football match? Could anyone describe what they are like? Any information would be much appreciated (and go in the magazine!). Or if there are any other Dutch snacks eaten at football matches that are better than bitterballen it would be great to hear about them! Thanks!
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You get kroketten at Dutch football stadiums. At least at Feyenoord. They're a long version of a bitterbal.
Bitterballen are usually served at parties.
Kroketten are sold at stadiums or in the walls of fast-food shops.

Inside is a soft ragout, normally of usually veal meat. They're fried and have a crumby coating.

A broodje worst is also served at games but I prefer kroketten.


Any chance of you saying in which month's edition it will appear? or even better put a scan of the article in the future (put it on invisible for British IPs in case you're scared of losing revenue )


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Bitterballen aren't served to fans in any football stadium, except in the VIP areas maybe.

Snacks for the fans are the regular ones, normally, which are generally these: hamburgers, frikandellen, fries, kroketten and like Wally said the 'broodje worst'.

Like always there are exceptions too, like we've got the German 'currywurst' in Venlo .

Once I personally did research about this subject for RKC Waalwijk, I still have got that, their exact assortment back in 2008 was like this:
Warm snacks: Frikandel, Kroket, Hamburger (all served with or without bread)
Cold snacks: Masterfoods products like Mars bars, Snickers bars etc.
Drinks: Coffee, tea, chocolate milk and soft drinks like coca cola, fanta etc.

Main complaints by the fans were no fries and no beer .

Another traditional Dutch stadium snack might be the 'broodje bal' btw, a meatball served with bread.



I like FourFourTwo btw, good magazine!
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Thanks so much for the info guys.

It's looking like kroketten rather than bitterballen might be a better option for the article. So have you eaten any of the kroketten at Feyenoord matches? Are they a regular match snack? Any particular fillings you like?

We are looking to feature Holland football snacks in next months issue and yes I am sure I could find a way of scanning/showing you the article!

Knoert: Wow, great info, thanks! The food sounds quite similar to England minus the beer! The broodje bal looks interesting, would you say this is more popular than kroketten?

Thanks again
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Yeah, both broodje bal and broodje worst are definitely more popular at football games than kroketten and bitterballen. Even at amateur clubs in the canteen, this is what they serve and people like to eat.
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Yep a broodje worst is more popular at Feyenoord too
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Thanks so much for the info guys.

It's looking like kroketten rather than bitterballen might be a better option for the article. So have you eaten any of the kroketten at Feyenoord matches? Are they a regular match snack? Any particular fillings you like?

We are looking to feature Holland football snacks in next months issue and yes I am sure I could find a way of scanning/showing you the article!
Yeah, eaten them at De Kuip. Pretty standard taste though. Only one kind is sold there (kalfskroket).

If you want a price-list I'll check this Sunday at Feyenoord-FC Twente.

What I do remember is that a small pizza slice costs 3 euros 90 (1,5 coin) so I tend to avoid them.

and yeah that would be great.


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Knoert: Wow, great info, thanks! The food sounds quite similar to England minus the beer! The broodje bal looks interesting, would you say this is more popular than kroketten?
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Yeah, both broodje bal and broodje worst are definitely more popular at football games than kroketten and bitterballen. Even at amateur clubs in the canteen, this is what they serve and people like to eat.
Yup, completely agree with Krle.

In some stadiums there's beer sold, in some there's not. However, there's never beer sold in stadiums at so called 'high risk' matches where two rivals play eachother.

At VVV Kroketten aren't even sold, however there's fans complaining about that. Believe they're neither sold at Utrecht, but not too sure about that as I never use the catering in Utrecht because of you need to buy special coins who're more expensive etc.

Here you see ADO-fans talking about Utrecht's broodje bal and broodje worst --> http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=qDH5-rhc2SE .
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Thanks guys. So its between kroketten and broodje bal for the article.

From what you folks have said it looks as though broodje bal is more common but would you say that kroketten are more traditionally Dutch?

Does anyone eat broodje bal at their club games? Could anyone give a quick description of them, are they just a sort of meatball sandwich? Any sauces?

Knoert: Thanks for the video link!
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From what you folks have said it looks as though broodje bal is more common but would you say that kroketten are more traditionally Dutch?
Nah, not particularly, as far as I know the broodje bal is as traditional Dutch as is the Kroket...

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Does anyone eat broodje bal at their club games? Could anyone give a quick description of them, are they just a sort of meatball sandwich? Any sauces?
It's not more or less than a big meatball in bread, like you can see on the pics from the link below. Don't know if sandwich is the right word, as in Dutch a sandwich isn't the type of bread a meatball is usually served in.

Sauces to add could be curry, ketchup, mustard or even mayo. Just depends on what you like.

https://www.google.nl/search?safe=of...85.1iEj2IzkeJ8
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Quickly asked around a bit and it seems both broodje bal and broodje worst are sold in more stadiums than the kroket. For sure at Utrecht, VVV and NEC that's the case.

Perhaps not directly related to this topic, but Twente used to have the best stadiumsnacks. The so called 'broodje beenham' and 'broodje achterham'. Willem II-fans even made a banner saying 'farewell broodje beenham' when they relegated in that game versus Twente. (unfortunately can't find a pic)
However since the rebuilding of their stadium it's not sold at all places in the stadium anymore, and I'm not even sure if it's still sold at all.

Twente's broodje achterham.
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Nothing beats a broodje frikandel I could kill for one now actually!
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Quickly asked around a bit and it seems both broodje bal and broodje worst are sold in more stadiums than the kroket. For sure at Utrecht, VVV and NEC that's the case.
I think that's partly thanks to the fact that you don't need a frying pan to supply a broodje bal or worst. They just warm it up or cook it.

Pizza slices are the worst things you can get. Just cardboard with some red sauce with no taste and if you're lucky some cheese.
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do they sell these in stadiums?



Mummy it tastes better than it looks like. Same inside like in the Kroketten only with an egg inside.

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how bitterballen and kroketten are made



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