A Herring cart being pulled by a bulldozer on the beach in Zandvoort which was an hour bike ride from Haarlem. We decided that you should definitely visit the area (Amsterdam and nearby towns) for the canals and not the beaches… but if you get a herring craving at least you can indulge.
Herring are usually eaten by holding the tail, then throwing the head back and eating the fish off the bone. Some opt for the more modern way which is served off the bone, cut into pieces with onions and pickles.
Contrary to popular belief, herring is not raw. Instead, it is caught and immediately salted, gutted and frozen for at least 2 days. The salt cures or “cooks" the fish and this process greatly affects the taste and the tenderness.