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

Tagged in Iceland Norway Sweden Denmark

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2 days ago #9360886        

@LazuliTintomara Specifically lye, I think. As in, the stuff you use the clean ovens that will give you severe chemical burns if you touch it.

2 days ago #9360787        

i agree with denmark, fish should be fresh,smoked,salted or pickled. NOT rotten

26 days ago #9354199        

I think I will stick to my canned tuna.


20 F
29 days ago #9353093        

"Lutefisk" is more common in Norway.


1 month ago #9351599        

Something a lot more common to eat in Sweden is lutfisk (ludfisk in Danish), not many like surströmming but lutfisk is a Christmas tradition. It takes weeks to make lutfisk, you put it in some kind of posion?
(I only eat vegetables so this is not my expertise)

2 months ago #9343518        

Aa long as you don't eat hagg


34 M
3 months ago #9334183        

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


37 F
3 months ago #9334141        

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


35 M
3 months ago #9329401        

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

3 months ago #9328348        

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

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