Ofcourse, I shouldn't be so scared of trying one. That is included in the food list I wrote to try in The Netherlands. :)
According to Wikipedia, Herring a fish soaked in a preserving mixture of liquid, like vinegar pickle, cider, wine, tea, sugar and herbs and eaten with onion, using your hand. But what I did is I had it in pieces and ate it with a tooth pick though the traditional way of splurging into it is holding the tail and just put it inside your mouth. But there's no other tradition or specific steps to consume such snack.
If you can't take it (well, I did, so I think you can too!), they also have the fried fish (first soaked in batter, then dip fried) called Kibbeling with mayonnaise. I suppose that stalls selling this kind of food is available whole year round. They are everywhere for tourist to try and locals to be satisfied.
|Walking around Almere Stad, one of the largest city in the Netherlands|
Some find it gross, some, they enjoy it. But for me, it is enough to have a one time try of it. Second time is not necessary. :P