Beer is one of the most popular beverages all around the world
Belgium is often recognized as the country of beer
There are more than 1000 different Belgian beers, including 6 of the 7 famous trappist beers: Orval, Chimay, Westvleteren, Rochefort, Westmalle and Achel
The most important world brewer is Belgian: AB INBEV
Even if Belgium is famous for special beers, «pils» are the most popular on the national market
By the way, «pils» was born in Pilzen in Czech Republic
The praline is a highly successful Belgian speciality. A praline is a bonbon in chocolate candy, invented by Jean Neuhaus in 1912.
He also invented the trademark Côte d’Or in 1883, it’s an allusion to the golden coast in Ghana.
Leonidas is another famous trademark of Belgian pralines created in 1910 by Leonidas Kestekides and now well-known all around the world.
Chokotoff isn’ t only a famous chocolate toffee, it’s THE chocolate toffee.
« Belgian fries » is the real name of French fries : Belgian fishers invented them in the XVIIth century. When the fishers couldn’t fish because of the iced rivers, they cooked Belgian fries in the shape of small fish.
Belgian fries is a popular side dish in Belgium. Generally it is eaten with mussels or meat.
The dish, mussels - Belgian fries, is often eaten by Belgian, French and Dutch families at home or in restaurants.
Belgium is well-known for strawberries, the best ones are from Wépion (near Namur).
Unfortunately, the production remains in Belgium and there aren’t any exports.
Waffles are made with light paste baked between 2 decorated metal plates. There are 3 different sorts of waffles: Brussels waffles, Liège waffles and home waffles.
A long time ago, speculoos was a traditionnal biscuit in form of Santa Claus (St. Nicolas in Belgium). Now Belgian people eat it any time. We find it in ice-creams or with chocolate, and since 2008 it has been available as spread paste.
Speculoos is crunchy and brown.
Thank you for listening, have a great time in Belgium and enjoy your food!