Dutch American Market and Import - only about 15 minutes from Betty Keira's house. On their website I found bitterballen!!! Yes! I won't actually have to make another attempt at making these, I'll just go to the store and buy some, then Betty Keira and I can give them a try.I was down in Portland for three days earlier this week. Before heading down, I did a little homework...I googled 'Dutch Store in Portland' and found the
We had no trouble finding the store, it was just down the street from Uwijamaya (an Asian specialty supermarket). The woman who ran the store was delightful - she taught Betty Keira and I a little bit about Dutch pronunciation (when you see a double 'o' it sounds like o as in rode, not oo as in spook). Unfortunately, she couldn't help us out with buying any bitterballen - but she did have a story about it.
Their bitterballen supplier was an older man who used to run a restaurant in Holland before moving to Portland. He would make about 300 bitterballen a month for the store. He passed away, and now there are no more bitterballen to be had. Dang.
I told the lovely Dutch woman that I was going to have to attempt to make them...she gave me a warning. "It's all about the roux. If you don't get it thick enough the bitterballen fall apart when you attempt to fry them."
Great. Now I'm even more worried.