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How do the dutch say chips?

By chips, I mean the UK sense of the word. E.g I want a small portion of fish and chips. Is there any distinction between fries and chips in Dutch?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Osnakezz
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The word 'chips' has another meaning in Dutch. When we speak of chips, we tend to think of those yummy slices of potatoes that are deeply fried and put into snack bags.

Fries are the long potato rods everybody here loves to eat with mayonnaise or frietsaus (fries sauce). :)

The word 'chips' is pronounced in two different ways, depending on where you are: north of the 'Great Rivers' (the Meuse and the Rine), or south of it. It isn't very important how you pronounce it the first or the second way, though people might find the second word to sound more pleasant, whilst the first one is more clearly pronounced. In the river area itself, both ways are used.

IPA:

[tʃɪps] - said north of the 'rivers'.

[ʃɪps] - said south of the 'rivers'.

These are the usual ways of pronouncing it. There are other dialects that have their own ways to pronounce 'chips' too, but these ways - in this case - are almost the same or the same as the above two.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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Actually, I think that that we all say it the same: /ʃɪps/. At least, I live "north of the rivers", and I have never heard anyone say [tʃɪps]. But, of course, that doesn't mean it does not happen at all. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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I read this then immediately looked up frietsaus. After reading what that was I immediately added "Go to the Dutch Store for frietsaus" to my to do list for tomorrow.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeaBear211

Ah ok. In the UK the packed potato slices would be crisps - chips are big fat fries, and fries are skinny, long things :) I know the USA also use chips, as in the potato snack, and fries as in chips. This is useful to know, thanks

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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Just to clarify, in the US the big thick fries (chips) are "steak fries" unless you are ordering fish and chips, in which case they are still called chips. And the thin ones are "french fries". (I won't go into the curly fires, waffle fried, chili fries, etc)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RJ_G
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google has it as "friet" (no "s") if that helps.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Multitaal
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"patat" or "friet" in the Netherlands, "friet" or "frieten" in Flanders. But they are not sold with fish but with all kinds of sauces.
If by "fries" you mean the small ones they are called "Franse frietjes".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandy_0309
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You can get Kibbeling to your fries in many places! But tbh who needs fish, if you can have Friet Speciaal :D?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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I'm not that fond of Patatje Speciaal... Unless it's Curry(gewürtz)!

//TeamPatatjeOorlog

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeaBear211

So fish and chips is not a normal meal in the Netherlands? - I typed in friet and those to me a fries but just as delicious. Patatje looks more like the chips I meant :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xMerrie
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Fish and chips is a typical English meal, not that common in the Netherlands.
Patat/Friet(en) is almost the same though. However, we Dutchies love to cover them in different types of sauces. Something that is, apparently, quite unusual.. :)

Patat and friet are the same. Its origin is French: 'patates frites' (fried potatoes). So patat comes from 'patates' and friet comes from 'frites'. There always has been a discussion whether patat or friet is the "correct" word. In the northern part of the Netherlands (north of the rivers) it is called patat and south of the rivers it's called friet. In Belgium it's either friet or frieten.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandy_0309
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I think the sauces are a regional thing, closer to Germany we don't have them :( Only Fritessaus (even though it's delicious), ketchup or speciaal... Whereas we had plenty of choice in the West of the Netherlands along the Dutch/Belgian border.

Even though Belgian fries are the best imo, Dutch fries are on the second place. There's nothing better than two times fried in different temperatures and (non vegetarian) fat, choosing between a gazillion of sauces and the right mix of not too thick, but also not too hard potatoes :'D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandy_0309
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Fish and chips as a meal aren't really common in the Netherlands, it's usually eaten separetly, at least as take away.

But usually there's a choice of fried fish, like kibbeling, in shops which you can order to your friet or patatje whatever you call them ;)

2 years ago