Fact of the week: Dutch fries

When did fries become so popular in Holland?

Given how seriously the Dutch take their fries, it's hard to imagine a time without them. However, some historians say that while fries were popular in Belgium by the 17th century, the delicacy hadn't made the trek to the Netherlands until the end of the 19th century.

Some trace it back to being served at fair in North Brabant around 1905 and there are records of fries being served at certain restaurants slightly earlier. However, it is said that the chips were popularised here by the Belgian refugees of the first World War.