Irina her expectations beforehand almost couldn’t be lower as her friend Stephanie – when seeing the cheese being unpacked – remarked that tasting it previously almost made her puke. Still, Irina remains brave and takes a tiny bite…

“I like the spicy thingies!”, she says – referring to the small ‘seeds’, giving the cheese its particular taste. ”It’s like there is butter inside, but it’s good.”, Irina remarks. “The spicy seeds inside remind me of Oregano, don’t know why.”

Then, she eats a full slice. “No seriously it’s good! I like it better than the ‘Gouda thing’. I don’t like cheese from Gouda at all, it doesn’t have any taste. Why eating that in between a sandwich? But this one is good! I’ll buy it next time. What is it called again?”

“I would recommend other students tasting it.”, she reviews enthusiastically. “You should have brought some bread too for tasting now!”

Irina’ score: 4,5

1= I flushed it down the toilet

2= If you bought it anyway, eat it, why not?

3=Quite nice actually

4=Really good food

5=Best food I’ve ever tasted

Would you like to participate in a future edition of Dutch Delights too? Taste a bit of Dutch culture, and mail to jansen@em.eur.nl LJa

The Product

Komijnekaas comes in two kinds – which are slightly different: Goudse Komijnekaas en Leidse Komijnekaas. The Goudse Komijnekaas contains a bit more fat. Komijnekaas was originally invented to bring more variation in the assortment of Dutch cheeses available – by the means of mixing Komijn ‘seeds’ with the cheese, which give it more character. A day has been named after Komijnekaas currently in The Netherlands: April 12th – Komijnekaas Day. 

Komijnekaas

EM periodically tests typical Dutch foods with help of international students under the name of ‘Dutch Delight’. This edition, MScInternational Management student Irina Chilic from Moldova tastes andreviews Komijnekaas.