Down the lengths and breadths of the Amsterdam Canals, cruises a man selling his wares. Bas Oosterbaan, aka de Friese Palingroker (Eel smoker from Friesland) is a colourful, passionate and genuine character who exudes warmth and excitement for what he does.
From his tiny boat, which is more equipped than you think, he sells his extraordinary home-smoked products. It naturally started with eel, which he is most famous for. It’s delicate in flavour, not over seasoned or smoked.
Then there’s cured and smoked gravadlax, hot smoked salmon, smoked goose breast, rilette (pulled goose) and confined goose leg.
Certainly a man of many talents. Look out for him on the Amsterdam Canals every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.