Today we are going to learn 2 Dutch recipes! Reinier showed me how to make raw endive mash and Dutch meatballs, two national dishes from his country!  I filmed the video with Reinier when I visited Rotterdam, Netherlands for my Gapshida project. Alex volunteered to be our cameraman. Reinier has been cooking Korean food on regular basis. He has his own channel on YouTube and has been uploading Dutch recipes as well as Korean recipes. Endive mash is eaten in the cold winter and usually served with meatballs. Enjoy the recipe!

Raw endive mash


Potatoes, endive cabbage, milk, mustard, butter, ground black pepper, kosher salt, ground nutmeg, vinegar, bacon (or pork belly).


Directions (for 4 servings)

Cooking time: 40 minutes

  1. Cut 250 grams (about ½ pound) of bacon into small pieces and cook until crispy. Set aside.
  2. Cut a whole bunch of endive (400-500 grams: 1 pound) into thin strips. Wash, drain, and set aside.
  3. Boil water in a large pot for the potatoes.
  4. Peel 1 kg (2.2 pounds) of potatoes. Clean them, cut  into large chunks, and put them into boiling water until cooked.
  5. Drain and mash the potatoes. Add ½ cup of milk little by little to make a smooth puree.
  6. Add  the bacon, 1 tbs mustard, 2 tbs butter, 1 ts ground nutmeg, 1 ts ground black pepper, and ¼ ts kosher salt, and mix it well.
  7. Add the shredded endive bit by bit to allow it to shrink a little as you go.
  8. Add 1-2 ts  vinegar and mix it well.

Serve with gravy and a meatball.

Dutch meatballs


Ground beef and pork, mustard, ketjap manis, kosher salt, ground black pepper, ground nutmeg, eggs, bread crumbs, butter

Directions (for 4 servings)

Cooking time: 40 minutes

  1. Mix these ingredients in a bowl by hand until well combined and sticky:
    500 grams of ground beef and pork mix, 2 tbs mustard, 2 tbs ketjap manis, ¼ ts kosher salt, ½ ts ground black pepper, 1 ts ground nutmeg, ⅓ cup bread crumbs, and 2 eggs.
    *tip: You can replace 2 tbs ketjap manis with 2 tbs soy sauce and ½ tbs brown sugar
  2. Divide the mixture into 4 large balls.
  3. Heat up a covered pot or pan with over medium high heat.
  4. Add ¼ cup butter and wait until it turns brown.
  5. Cook the meatballs until all sides are golden brown.
  6. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 25-30 minutes. Flip occasionally until thoroughly cooked.
  7. Take the meatballs out of the pot out and set aside.
  8. Add ¼ cup water to the pot and cook over low heat to make gravy. You can add 1 ts flour to make it sticky.

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  1. fivepenceallthericher Perth , Australia joined 5/17 & has 1 comment

    One of the best meals I’ve ever cooked!! I made dinner for my friends’ mum who was visiting from Amsterdam so I wanted to make her feel at home. With poffertjes and speculaas with coffee for desert! 5241This meal is so traditional and easy to prepare. Great instructions and fantastic taste. I will be making this again! Thank you so much for the video :-)

  2. Teaspoon Upper East Coast USA joined 9/16 & has 1 comment

    I have been looking at this recipe for about a month. I researched it on other sites too. The ingredients and the techniques were so different from what I am used to using. So I did not think it was possible. However, it is delicious! I just made it and promptly consumed it. Wow! It is even better than delicious. Your video, photos and instructions were exceptional as well.

    One other thing? What a brilliant way to clean curly endive. We love it, but no one wants to prepare it. The method shown in the video is perfect.

    Thank you so much! I cannot wait to make a sandwich with it too!

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  3. Jasper Philippines joined 5/11 & has 26 comments

    Wow, wow, wow!!! I’m a university student studying far away from home. I just got home the other day. And this evening, I cooked this dish for family. Super delicious… My mom liked the endive mash so much, and I did too. The meatball was good too, but the mash was our favorite part. My sister didn’t like it though… She doesn’t like foreign food too much. Maybe her taste buds will change once she grows older? Thanks so much Reinier and Maangchi. By the way, your Gapshida trip is so inspiring for me, Maangchi. It’s like you showed me that it’s possible to travel and pursue our own passions and interests.

  4. Cornish Hen Recipes Vietnam joined 2/12 & has 4 comments

    wow this dish is amazing, i will give this recipe a try this dinner :D

  5. orangetkdgirl Seattle, WA joined 7/09 & has 5 comments

    Also, what are good alternative vegetables to use? I read online that mustard greens was a good substitute for endive, but I thought the taste was too strong. What about curly endive? I just found it today after I made this dish a couple days ago, and was wondering what the difference is in their taste. It’s very hard to find the kind of endive you used in your recipe where I’m from. :(

  6. orangetkdgirl Seattle, WA joined 7/09 & has 5 comments

    What type of mustard should I use for this?

  7. MariskaLim Jakarta, Indonesia joined 2/11 & has 55 comments

    0-0!!! you make me drooling in 0:29 AM… :9~

    Its pretty hard to find endive here, can i use lettuce instead?

  8. sirdanilot Terneuzen, The Netherlands joined 10/09 & has 25 comments

    Hi, I am from Holland too and it’s great to see someone sharing authentic Dutch food with others !

    I can assure you this is a very good and authentic way of making this delicious dish. I should try to put ketjap manis in the meatball, my family doesn’t do that usually but it seems to be a good idea.

    I have an extra tip though: cook the potatoes in just enough water to cover them and with fully closed lid to keep more nutrients. It’s just a small detail, but that’s how we do it in my family.

  9. Imre The Netherlands joined 11/09 & has 13 comments

    Hi Reinier, your stamppot Andijvie looks great! It looks like you had a great time with Maangchi. Too bad I couldn’t make it to the Rotterdam Gapshida as well..
    Keep up the good work (cooking)!. :)

  10. Toto Bonn, Germany joined 6/10 & has 37 comments

    Oho :D Great.
    That is exactly the same way, we use to eat endive here in the Rhineland around Cologne in Germany (which is actually not far away from the Netherlands ;) ). But I really didn’t know that it is that famous.
    Thank you really much! :)

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