The History

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In the 17th century, the Belgians introduced the first fried potatoes, more specifically, between the two cities of Liège and Dinant, which are located in the southern part of Belgium.

It is believed the original idea came from the practice of catching and frying small fish from the Meuse river, yet as the river froze during winter time, people used the same procedure but with potatoes instead. This marked the beginning of what would become a national dish in Belgium and a longstanding tradition to its cuisine.

Belgium frites have their own museum dedicated to frites

The Frietmuseum has everything you need to know about the history of Belgian fries. The museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of the frites and discover a variety of recipes. The Belgian potato fry has become known worldwide and is something you do not want to miss when visiting Bruges!

How to annoy a Belgian?

Ask them about french fries. Chances are you’ll get an annoyed look while they correct you – it’s Belgian fries.

The History