Food

Norwegian food is very boring. It’s either tasteless or very salty, and our food traditions come from a poor people that had to save everything and eat everything on an animals body. Visitors to Norway should really think about what they are doing before they order something traditional from a menu they don’t understand. Though, if it’s “kjøttkaker” it’s safe. That is large minced meat balls, brown sauce, potatoes and usually some kind of jam and/or vegetables. And “vafler” for desert is also nice, that is thin waffles with jam and/or sour cream or ice cream.

From the more exotic menu you can find stuff like “Smalahove” grilled sheap head, “Lutefisk” dried white fish made soft and gel like with lye (caustic soda), “Rakfisk” trout that kinda rots in salt and vinegar, and my all time least favorite dish; “Får-i-kål”, witch translates directly to “Sheep in cabbage”. Yuck.

Many Norwegians eat potatoes with almost anything, and say that it’s not dinner if it’s not served with potatoes. But even they eat a lot of pasta, Mecixan dishes like taco, and pizza. Norway has a lot of frozen pizza in the stores, 50 million pizzas are sold every year, and the best seller is called “Grandiosa”. It’s recipe has not changed since the 70ties when it was launched. I actually remember the first time I tasted Grandiosa, and I still love it, but don’t eat it very often, especially not in the summer when me and my fellow Norwegians cook outdoors on our grills. Pork chops and sausages are the best sellers during the summer months, together with some kind of fresh salad, potato salad, and something you don’t find outside Norway; “lompe”. It’s so important and special that it’s got its own entry.

Norway exports a lot of fish to other countries, mostly salmon. We also have a well known cheese, called Jarlsberg.

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2 Responses to Food

  1. Anja says:

    Hey, I did not think Norwegian Food all that bad when I studied there. Especially e.g.” roemegroet” I loved dearly and “graved laks” or “fiske grateng”. Wish I could get those here in Germany….and the “Freia is med hakkede noetter”…mmmmmhhh. Cant wait to get back this year on vacation to have some more of it. I only think “lompe” are a bit overrated:-)- this was one of the more disappointing experiences with Norwegian food and the “brunost” of course, one of the jokes of my fellow Norwegian students was to make every unsuspecting foreigner taste it… And I forgot to mention “gloekk”- great beverage in wintertime (with or without alcohol)

    • Rømmegrøt is quite Norwegian… I forgot about that one. Gravlaks is rotting fish, no thanks ;P Fiskegrateng is best when there is not much fish in it if you ask me. The cheaper the better! Gløgg is quite good, but there is too much of it with moonshine out here in the sticks *giggle*

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