Sweet Salami of Mine

In the heart of the Jordaan you’ll find Amsterdam’s Little Italy. For some excellent scoops of Italian ice cream I stop at Monte Pelmo (Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat). Cute Hostaria, one of my favourite Italian restaurants, is a couple of meters away. Walk to the Tweede Tuindwarsstraat and you’ll find a highly popular pizzeria with an enormous wood-fuelled brick oven: La Perla. On the opposite side of the street La Perla also has a relaxed and a bit overlooked lunch spot for those in need of pasta and sandwiches. The array of pasta changes weekly, but the sandwich list at Caffè La Perla is the same the whole year through. Love that, since a month without my beloved baguette with mozzarella and finnocchiona cinta senese is a lost month. Picture chunks of genuine buffalo mozzarella from the Italian area of Campana, ultra thin slices of a refined salami seasoned with fennel seed and drops of the fruitiest olive oil. A combination that makes you go hmmm.

Caffè La Perla
Baguette with mozzarella and fennel seed salami, one, €7.50
Tweede Tuindwarstraat 53, City Centre (Jordaan)
+31 (0) 20 624 88 28
Opening hours lunch: Monday-Sunday 10am-4pm

The Sleeping Sausage

Thank god Vietnamese street food is hot. My three favourites items: shrimp paste on sugar cane, vermicelli noodle salad with fresh greens, roasted peanuts, cilantro, pork or beef and goi cuon, rice paper rolls. I recently had a very interesting version of these spring rolls at FRNZY, a happening place in De Pijp. These rolls are served with five-spice chicken, beef, grilled pork, tofu and shrimp, but I chose the ones with a grilled chicken sausage inclusive of black pepper. This beauty was sleeping like a baby on a soft bed of vermicelli noodles, fresh greens, carrots and pickled daikon. Best eaten with a bit of sweet-sour sauce. A touch of smokiness and a whole lot of freshness made up for a mental trip to one of the fabulous food markets in Asia. Copy my experience and finish your petit meal with the pandan waffle with fresh fruits, powdered sugar and condensed milk on top. Suitable for breakfast also.

Goi cuon with chicken sausage, one portion, €6.00
Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 27, South (De Pijp)
+31 (0) 6 20 91 08 98
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-10pm