Visiting Brussels? You Must Taste These Signature Foods



Discovering the incredible local cuisine all across the city is one of the nicest things to do in Brussels, one of those special places. The relationship between cuisine and Belgium as a whole, and especially the capital city of Brussels, is quite deep. As locals continue to develop methods to modernize foods and make them more palatable, recipes that date back to the 16th century and earlier are still appreciated today.



For foodies on the road who also have a sweet craving, Brussels might well be heaven on earth (but not alone)! And trust me, it has a lot more to offer than just its renowned chocolate.

You'll learn about the origins of various meals, such as the fact that cuberdons were created from a batch of medicine that was thrown out and that french fries are truly Belgian, as well as what to expect when you eat them and where to find them in Brussels.


So if you're prepared to explore Brussels through cuisine, here is a list of Signature food from Brussels that you must try the next time you visit Belgium's city. and the location of them!



MAIN MEALS


1. CARBONNADE


You can find carbonnade prominently featured on the menu at any classic Belgian eatery. Beef and Belgian beer (ale), together with a few other ingredients, make up the majority of the hearty stew. One of the best comfort foods available is carbonnade, which is regarded as one of Belgium's national delicacies.


2. Meatballs (Ligois Boulets)


Belgian meatballs are prepared in a very conventional manner using the usual ingredients of meat, breadcrumbs, and onions. Their size and the sauces that are served with them are what distinguishes them as Belgian. Belgian meatballs are often substantial in size, with two, three, or even just one meatballs in a serving!

Boulets Liègois, a classic meatball meal from Belgium's french-speaking Wallonia area, is named after the city of Liège. The above-mentioned method is used to make the meatballs, and they are served with lapin sauce, a somewhat sweet gravy sauce.


3. MOULES FRITTER


Given that Belgium borders the sea, it would be unusual if this list of typical cuisines from Belgium didn't include any seafood. Moules Frites is regarded as one of Belgium's national foods, along with carbonnade. The dish's self-explanatory name in English is mussels with fries. In Brussels, you'll frequently see large banners outside of restaurants advertising them, making it difficult to miss mussels!



SAVOURY


1. FRITES (Belgian FRIES)



The best-fried potatoes are among the many wonderful varieties of potatoes. The most well-known of them all, the modest french fry, is available on many street corners around Belgium, but especially in Brussels. In truth, despite their name, it's thought that french fries actually originated in Belgium; the persistent misidentification of fries as French is attributed to a geographical misunderstanding made by certain American soldiers.

Typical Belgian fries are double-fried to achieve the perfect balance of soft interior and gorgeously crispy exterior. Additionally, historically, they are fried in beef fat to give them a flavorful richness.


The traditional ketchup or mayonnaise are options, but if you're feeling daring, you might be drawn to:

  • Cocktail: mayonnaise + ketchup + Worcester sauce + whiskey + tabasco

  • Andalouse: mayonaise + tomato paste + bell pepper

  • Tartare: mayonnaise + chopped capers

  • Brazil: mayonnaise + pineapple + curry

  • Samurai: mayonnaise + ketchup + harissa


2. MITRAILLETTE


Mitraillette is something of a marvel, still related to fries but deserving of its own header. As a side note, the mitraillette is not the dish for you if you are in Belgium for fine dining. It's oily, dirty, and outrageous, but it's still tasty and something to check off your bucket list.

At numerous friteries in Brussels, most notably Fritland, which is located around Grand Place, you may discover mitraillette. Half a baguette stuffed with fried meat (often hamburger meat), fries, salad, and your choice of sauce make up this meal.



SWEET


1. Liège waffles (Brussels waffles)


Are you aware that "Belgian waffles" do not exist? They are referred to as Liège or Brussels waffles in Belgium. Rectangular Brussels waffles are typically lighter and crispier. Waffles from Liège, on the other hand, have thicker texture and uneven edges. But they do share one thing: they are both to die for!


2. Cuberdons


The best-kept food secret in Belgium may be cuberdons! Traditional versions of this cone-shaped candy had a raspberry flavor, but modern versions are available in a wide range of flavors and colors, including strawberry, pear, apple, orange, lemon, blueberry, and blackcurrent.


According to tradition, a Ghent pharmacist named De Vynck accidentally invented Cuberdons in 1873. This is definitely the one for you if you love sweets! There is a type of sticky, sweet liquid inside the hard exterior. It's really distinctive; I haven't discovered anything like it elsewhere.

3. Belgian Chocolate and pralines


Pralines by Belgian are a variety of pralines, a soft cream or nut paste filling encased in a layer of fine chocolate. Belgian, which was founded in 1912, continues the traditions of producing chocolates that are both aesthetically pleasing and historically significant.


The quality of Belgian chocolate is renowned. In the 1900s, the art of manufacturing chocolate really took off in the nation, and today it is one of Belgium's major exports. Belgian chocolate differs from "normal" chocolate in a few ways, mostly due to its high cocoa content and exclusive usage of cocoa butter. Belgians are so picky about their chocolate's quality that they have created the "Belgian Chocolate Code" to let customers know that their chocolate was truly prepared in Belgium and not merely with Belgian chocolate.