Scandinavia and the World
Nordics like Fish

Nordics like Fish

Many many Swedes and Norwegians have suggested that I made a comic about “surströmming”, which is mainly a Swedish dish, but can also be found in some parts of Norway. It smells so bad that it is mainly eaten outside in the summer, and many Swedes enjoys exposing Danes to it just to see their look of horror at the smell.

Hákarl is a special Icelandic dish made of rotten shark, that is more traditional than normal, though you can still find it in supermarkets. It is said to be the most disgusting food in the world.

Pickled herring can be found in all Nordic countries, and is particularly popular in Denmark. In fact, a Danish adult who doesn’t like pickled herring is seen as rather weird.

And non of this is of course supposed to be eaten like this. You are supposed to put it on bread. :XD:

And to the newcomers: “Skål” is the Nordic word for “cheers”.

29th December 2009
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34 M
22 days ago #9334183        

I... I think i will stick with my pickled herring and pickled northern pike.


37 F
22 days ago #9334141        

I like herring. I will eat it pickled, or fermented. But I'm not touching that shark.


35 M
1 month ago #9329401        

It made me hungry. I want to try all of those dishes.

1 month ago #9328348        

Pickled herring is also known in the Netherlands. It's called 'rolmops'.
Herring is more often eaten raw with onions.



21 M
1 month ago #9327952        

You people are all weird! The best food is clearly "fresh" from all the preservatives, fake fats, and fake sugars!

1 month ago #9325500        

Hákarl is actually quite delicious...especially so when you have brennivin


999 M
2 months ago #9323383        

@CrimsonRedSky Don't open it inside of a building...

2 months ago #9322844        

So, is surströmming really that bad? I'm going to visit Sweden and my friend there really wants me to try it.

2 months ago #9322230        

Hákarl is the Icelandic word for shark

2 months ago #9313104        

As an Icelander giving you a helpful tip.... don't eat Hákarl. Just don't. I'd really recommend the sheeps head, or rams testicles pickled in whey.... any of those before you try Hákarl. Hákarl tops the scale of gross in Icelandic food (hmm.. although rare, partially developed blackbird eggs might come close for some people). Hákarl should be taken as a object lesson in how desperate people can be to make something edible. And to maintain tradition.

Also, it should be known that Icelanders tend to consume cod liver oil on a fairly regular basis (particularly in the winter) because they don't add minerals or vitamins or anything else to their drinking water like many other countries, and it provides the nutritional kick needed. Its icky (even to icelanders), so they have actually developed flavor-reduced cod liver oil, making it more palatable. I mention this just to say our taste buds are the same as the rest of yours, and to reiterate that Hákarl is an acquired taste at best, even in the country of its origin.

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