“So let me get this right. There are two types of Belgian Waffles; Brussels and Liege?”
“This one is not Liege. It’s my own recipe – Vanilla!”
And that’s how I found out that I will never again taste a waffle as good as those that come from the Roesje Wafels truck at the weekly Wednesday market in Bruges.
But first, let’s begin with the fact that there is no such thing as a singular Belgian Waffle. Sorry to the Americans out there, but they just don’t exist in Europe. Especially not in Belgium.
I repeat: especially not in Belgium.
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Types of Belgian Waffles
Why doesn’t the Belgian Waffle exist in Belgium? Well let’s face it they already have three official languages (Dutch, French and German), two Manneken Pis statues, and more castles per square km than any other country in the world. Why shouldn’t they have more than one waffle?
Belgian Waffle Type 1: The Brussels Waffle
The Brussels waffle was once a favourite of mine. To find out why it got demoted click here!
Anyway, an easy way to distinguish the Brussels waffle is the fact that it’s a big crispy rectangle. Bigger than the other waffles anyway and definitely more pleasing to the eye for those of you that need right-angled corners.
When it comes to the taste, Brussels waffles are also crispier on the outside and airier on the inside. Light and crunchy, these are the waffles to eat when you want to eat five at once! Trust me, you don’t want to try that with the Liege for reasons you’ll find out next…
Belgian Waffle Type 2: The Liege Waffle
Eating a Liege Waffle is a completely different experience to eating a Brussels Waffle. This is why you can’t just call them Belgian Waffles guys.
Softer (i.e. without the crunch), doughier and sweeter I’ve found that the Liege is more common amongst tourist trucks across Belgium. It also has a different shape: no right angled-corners to be seen here…
Because of the density of the dough in the Liege Waffles, you really will feel sick if you try and eat five in one sitting. They’re flavourful enough to be eaten alone without toppings, because the dough is so rich and sweet, and whilst I originally favoured the lightness of the Brussels Waffle a Vanilla version of the Liege Waffle that I came across in the Bruges Wednesday Market completely blew me away…
The waffle below is a Vanilla Waffle made by the lovely lady behind the Roesjes Wafels cart! She was SO happy and cheery and kindly let me use her waffles in this video explaining the difference, so please go and taste her Vanilla Waffles if you are in Bruges on a Wednesday! They are fantastic!
Bruges: Final Travel Tips
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I would like to thank St Christopher’s at The Bauhaus in Bruges for sponsoring my stay with them, but as always opinions are honest and entirely my own. I can promise that my stay in no way influenced my preference of waffle! I did however fall in love with their bar – read more about The Bauhaus here.
So there you go! Have you tried both types of Belgian Waffles? Let me know your favourite in the comments below…!