The cuisine of Amsterdam clearly reflects the city's imperial past. A considerable amount of Asian influence is present in the majority of Amsterdam’s specialties, in the form of exotic herbs and spices which give the dishes their unique flavour. Far away from the European-Asian borderlands, the two traditions blend into a unique category of its own. Amsterdam has no shortage of great places to eat and is full of many family style restaurants, cafés, diners and quality upscale restaurants. Regionally, Amsterdam has some of the best Italian restaurants as well as many charming spots to eat.
A popular Amsterdam fast food is bamiblok, an interesting way of serving noodles, which are crumbed, pressed into a block, rolled in breadcrumbs and then deep-fried. It's usually accompanied by one of a large selection of sauces, from ordinary mayonnaise to garlic sauce or a vegetable-based 'farmer's sauce.' Bamiblok represents a wide variety of Asian-influenced snacks that are stored in a vending machine with heated compartments that open after inserting an appropriate coin.