A new exciting franchise: Friitz Belgian Fries!
Tue, 9/11/10 – 18:00 | 45 Comments

A new Belgian Fries franchise was recently launched. It is named Friitz (with double i, pronounce as
[/' f r i: t s /]), inspired by Fritz, the first man known to have opened a fry …

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Belgian Fries around the World

Belgian Fries and fry shops around the world: an overview of what is happening with Belgian Fries on our planet.

f-Commerce

Thinking of starting your own Belgian Fry business. Check here for more details.

Frietkot (fry shop)

Every day more disappear from the Belgian landscape: the “frietkot” or “fritkot”. Information and lots of pictures of the typical fry shacks.

I need your help

My aim is to make this website the most complete resource on (Belgian) Fries … but I need your help for more information and pictures! So if you have any news, please let me know.

My Belgian Fries Travels

About me travelling the world as the Missionary of the Belgian Fry.

Belgian Fries around the World, Belgium »

The Fries Revolution in Belgium
Fri, 18/02/11

249 days after the last election, Belgium still has no government (or no new government to be exact, the old one is still in place as an interim-government). Thus, on Feb. 17th 2011, Belgium broke the world record (previously in the hands of Iraq). To celebrate this “honor”, thousands of people were treated free Belgian Fries in different cities throughout the country.

The Fries Revolution (Frietrevolutie) movement chose Fries as the symbol of their protest. It is Belgian Fries that keep this country together afterall!

(For a more profound explanation of Belgium’s political situation see  “Fries keep Belgium united”)

Fries keep Belgium united ….
Tue, 9/11/10
Fries keep Belgium united ….

(pls check the video at the bottom of the page)

New record for Belgian Fries
Mon, 13/09/10
New record for Belgian Fries

Belgian Chris Verschueren, a 53-year-old French fries maker, from the Belgian village of Kastel, has spent 83 consecutive hours frying chips (french Fries) and serving 15,000 portions of the dish - setting the new …

The importance of Belgian Fries in Life
Sun, 29/08/10
The importance of Belgian Fries in Life

This morning at 6am a local pita bar / fry shop was partly destroyed in my home town Leuven (Louvain).

Vlaamse Frites in Amsterdam
Fri, 27/08/10
Vlaamse Frites in Amsterdam

Although it is just a 2 hour journey from my home town, I did not manage until recently to visit the city which is home to many “Vlaamse Frites” shops. “Vlaamse Frites” translates into Flemish …

Potato Republic 2 (Istanbul, Turkey)
Thu, 26/08/10
Potato Republic 2 (Istanbul, Turkey)

A new fry shop was opened a few months ago by Erdal, my fry-friend in Istanbul. He opened the first Potato Republic a few years ago, pioneering Belgian style fries in Turkey.

Chips & Dips (Phuket, Thailand)
Thu, 26/08/10
Chips & Dips (Phuket, Thailand)

Some time ago a real Belgian frituur opened its doors in the very touristic beach town Phuket, Thailand.

Run by Belgians,  it is modelled after a typical Belgian fry shop.

Frituren in Leuven – fry shops in my home town
Mon, 16/08/10

Just to give you an idea how popular fry shops are in Belgium, here’s a map of Leuven. With a population of about 40.000 people (center of town only) I counted 20 fry shops and …

A bit of Dutch culture: de vleeskroket!
Tue, 22/12/09

(somehow the link is not working – pls check the video link at the bottom of this page)

New material from my archives
Mon, 26/10/09
New material from my archives

Time to publish some more Belgian Fries stuff from my archives.
Some years ago, after my appearance on Belgian television, I received these beautiful b&w pictures from Daniel Lambrechts. Here is his tribute to the many …

Another BF shop in Turkey
Thu, 17/09/09
Another BF shop in Turkey

Mumtaz emailed me some pictures of his Belgian Fries shop in Kusadasi (Izmir, Turkey).  He tells me he visited Belgium and The Netherlands some years ago and fell in love with our national dish.

RIP Keith Floyd
Tue, 15/09/09
RIP Keith Floyd

Last night Keith Floyd left the building … I’m sad …. He was one of the first and one of the best chefs on tv. Cheers Keith, I’ll see you at the bar in a …

Pommes Frites (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Thu, 10/09/09
Pommes Frites (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

I heard some rumours about a fry shop that opened recently in KL (Kuala Lumpur) (see my previous post), so I hopped over to the Malaysian capital and to my surprise I found not 1 …

More pictures of historical fry shops
Sat, 5/09/09
More pictures of historical fry shops

Paul Ilegems, author of 4 books on the Belgian Fries history and culture, sent me some very nice pictures from his vaste collection of fries-related stuff.
Many items of his collection are now at the Frietmuseum …

Belgian Fries Franchise
Tue, 18/08/09
Belgian Fries Franchise

Great news for the Belgian Fries! Very soon I will reveal the BF franchising plan and details on this website.

Looking for more info: fry shops in the world
Mon, 17/08/09
Looking for more info: fry shops in the world

Browsing my archives I found some pictures of fry shops around the world I did not publish yet.
I have no other information on the shops. Do they still exist? Did you visit them? How are the fries? …

Historical postcards: proud owners of a Frietkot
Mon, 17/08/09
Historical postcards: proud owners of a Frietkot

As a tribute to the Frietkot (recently voted best known symbol of Belgium) I am posting here some of my latest postcards, all very sweet images of old frietkots and their proud owners:

The Currywurst Museum in Berlin
Sun, 16/08/09
The Currywurst Museum in Berlin

The long awaited Currywurst Museum in Berlin has finally opened its doors last week! Time to plan a trip to Berlin asap!

Flemish song on Fries by the very popular Flemish singer Bart Kaell!
Sat, 15/08/09

Hahaha, waar is de tijd! (sorry, post in Dutch only)

The Frietkot voted best-known symbol of Belgium
Mon, 27/07/09
The Frietkot voted best-known symbol of Belgium

Last week the Frietkot (fry shop) was voted the most typical “Face of Belgium”.  Another great victory for our unsurpassed streetfood!

Belgian Fries news from Malaysia
Mon, 27/07/09

Rumours have it a Belgian Fries Shop will be opening in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) real soon … no further information however. I am going to visit the city very soon and hopefully find out more.

More news from the Philippines
Mon, 27/07/09
More news from the Philippines

Although Shakey’s, a Philippine fast-food chain, is known for it’s pizza’s, they also claim to serve what they call “100% real Belgian Fries”. Mmmm … I checked their website but found not a lot of info, in …

(Belgian) Fries go bio …
Wed, 1/07/09
(Belgian) Fries go bio …

Eric Odinot, a Dutch artist, recently “invented” a new recipient: the biodegradable fry container! Finally someone had the brilliant idea to use potato starch (gained from the potato peels) to manufacture a bio-plastic alternative for …

Potato Republic (Istanbul)
Sun, 21/06/09
Potato Republic (Istanbul)

I received an email from Erdal in Istanbul, Turkey. Apparantly, way back in 2006, he opened a shop selling different kind of potatoes. It is located on the outskirts of Istanbul in an area called Beylikduzu.

Patata (Istanbul)
Tue, 26/05/09
Patata (Istanbul)

Although I have been to Istanbul many times the last few months, talking to various people who were (and still are) interested in opening a Belgian Fries shop, some guy beat me in the race …

How some big magazine gets it totally wrong…
Sun, 10/05/09
How some big magazine gets it totally wrong…

Last week, on the plane from BKK to BRU, I found a copy of  “Gourmet, the magazine of good living“, edition of May 2009. On the cover was something that was supposed to be a picture …