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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”.

28th December 2009

5 days ago #9224599        

My neighbour has relatives in Sweden and when they meet him they bring this surströmming with them. You could smelled it in the hole area. Horrible thing!


34 F
2 months ago #9191208        

There's a show here in the states called "Bizarre Foods" where a guy basically goes around the world trying foods that us Americans would not touch. When he was in Norway (or was it Sweden, I cant remember), he got to try surströmming and had the same reation that Denmark did, lol. It was hilarious to watch!

3 months ago #9157980        

Nordics would love the French Polynesian "fāfaru" (see: but the page is only in French, sorry).

It's fish fillets marinated in sea water and smashed shrimp heads (used as a fermentation agent). Fish fillets are kept 3 to 8 hours in a jar with the "shrimp juice" and sea water until it get decomposed. It smell like old blue cheese, taste... really wierde and is really really REALLY strong!

I'm use to pickled herring and "maatsjes", but it's quite hard for me to eat fāfaru! :D

3 months ago #9157958        

Where's Finland?

4 months ago #9143939        

due to polish grandparents, i love pickled herring (most pickled foods actually)... i am intrigued by the "rotten fish", the shark... i will try anything once, but only a very small piece.


24 M
4 months ago #9136075        

I must have some Danish blood somewhere in my background, because I love pickled herring. o.o Seriously, that stuff tastes amazing!

4 months ago #9131870        

Jeg synes der mangler noget karrysild.


21 M
5 months ago #9127922        

@AoimaouDT But it's rotten, poisonous shark that have been buried for 12 weeks! How's that not disgusting? :/

5 months ago #9127524        

There must be something worse than Hákarl, because I think it tastes good :)


31 F
5 months ago #9124274        

This is the cartoon i saw at random page that got me hooked to this site, lol. I knew nothing about how fish is eaten in scandinavia, but kinda make sense to preserve resources. Read an article about how overfishing lowers the fish population to a dangerously low level, and then recently learned that one of my fav sushi, toro sushi, is actually from an almost extinct bluefin tuna, i was shocked. Maybe should try this stuff huh, thats what we will end up eating anyway if fish were to go extinct thanks to humans. I dont know where to get it here in the States thou...

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