Poffertjes

Poffertjes in Ghent

Poffertjes in Ghent

Walking around the city center of Ghent is a real treat. The buildings in this part of the city are very attractive and a lot of them are very well preserved. Fortunately, Ghent isn’t really as popular with tourists as other parts of the country. This is perfectly fine with me. I did wish I can stay the night here since it seemed to be a lovely place to walk at night. Outside the Saint Nicholas church is a large square called the Korenmarkt. I guess it used to be a market before. There are a lot of option for meals here but we weren’t looking for that at the moment.

Preparing the Poffertjes in Ghent

Preparing the Poffertjes in Ghent

We noticed that there was a stall selling snacks. Upon closer inspection it wasn’t selling Belgian waffles as I would have expected. It seemed to be small pancakes called poffertjes. The lady had a cooking pan with a lot of small depressions to put the batter in. It reminded me of takoyaki pans except these were flatter. The cooked pancakes where then sprinkled with a lot of powdered sugar. I guess the taste was to be expected but it wasn’t bad at all. I was surprised with the amount of sugar they put but when I think about it, it was either that or honey. We ate the poffertjies nearby at the same time trying to keep them from flying away with the strong wind. It was a nice snack and a welcome break from all those waffles.

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