19. Flemish fries
Vleminckx Since 1957 (address and info)
Amsterdam has borrowed the fries of Belgian sister city Brussels with much success. Ask the locals where to pick up the best batch, and most will point you to this back-alley fry shack with 25 dipping sauces on offer. Oorlog (or “war”), a mix of spicy peanut saté sauce, mayo, and onions, is perhaps the most fun to order, but we like the spicy sambal-mayo samurai sauce best.
20. Homemade sambal
Sampurna (address and info)
We want to hate this Indonesian spot for its illegal no-tap water policy and unfriendliness toward, ahem, bloggers and journalists. But the food is just too good. The best part of every meal is the one part you don’t have to pay for: three flavors of spicy sambal (chili) sauce that you won’t find anywhere else, with a uniquely tasty (and not at all fishy) array of kroepoek (prawn crackers) to dip. For the main meal you should obviously get a “rice table” -- we recommend the Kuning. Fair warning: the food is proper Indonesian-style spicy here.