Skip to comments.Norwegian Delicacies Foreigners Can't Stomach
Posted on 10/26/2013 3:50:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Norwegian cuisine is generally sneered at by the country's Scandinavian neighbours. This is unfair, as some of it is very tasty. But here's a list The Local has put together of 15 dishes foreigners find particularly challenging.
The list, available here, mixes outlandish dishes made from things like sheeps' heads or fermented fish, with the boring but unpalatable, drawing on a group of Oslo expats for their opinions.
Feel free to comment on any glaring omissions or complain about unfairly maligned favourites.
Every Christmas filled with the stench of lutefisk.......I can hardly wait...LOL!
Every culture on Earth has some disgusting ethnic chow that nobody eats except the people who grew up eating it because they were forced to eat it as children. Like chitlins. Or gefilte fish. Or vegemite. Or haggis. Or Rocky Mountain oysters. Or cow tongue in aspic. All truly disgusting foods that most people would consider unfit for human consumption, unless you’re already used to eating them.
My old workplace Norsk Data had a yearly get-together serving smalahove.
Being more than slighhtly Un-Norwegian, I always had bananas instead.
The beer was good, though.
I’m reminded of an incident on the show, “The Amazing Race”, in which a pair of contestants had to eat a sheep’s head to gain an advantage on that leg of the race. One of the contestants, a vegetarian, hesitated...and then dug in. When asked what it tasted like, she answered, “ A million dollars”. They went on to win the race and the million dollar prize for 1st place.
Oh...My...God! I once drove through a town that was having a Lutefisk festival. It was a mind-altering experience.
Send me the second one, stat. I’m very ronery.
Norwegian and not blonde? Prolly mid-Eastern or Gypsy. Still want the merchandise, customer?
Try some Scottish haggis, anyone?
I agree that I’m glad I’m an American and don’t have to eat the peasant foods of my ancestors (or anyone’s ancestors, for that matter). I’m glad I don’t have to eat offal or fermented fish or vegetables unless I wish to. Yes, yes, yes, sauerkraut and pickles are good, cheese and miso, too. I’ve had a good kidney pie. But I eat those things because I want to and others make them. Ever smelled sauerkraut fermenting? How about a little chopped lung, a handful of preserved grasshoppers, or the fresh cud of an iguana? I don’t have to eat pig uterus. I can eat the loin.
Peasant and foraged food are popular at hip restaurants, but a well-prepared ribeye, fresh garden vegetables, and warm bread is food fit for royalty.
If you find a Beautiful Woman that LOVES to eat Raw Oysters, Marry her.
You will wake up happy every day of your life.
If she’s Rich, your have hit the pinnacle.
Yes, please. Pretty please. With sprinkles on top.
You forgot BALUT from the PI.
Fertilized chicken egg with the embryo inside, buried in the ground for about 6 weeks until putrefaction sets in. Boiled and eaten.
The meat really is very tender, if you can get past that rotten dead flesh smell.
And no, you won’t get sick eating it, believe it or not.
I once had the opportunity to ask a Norwegian about lutefisk. From his reaction, I had the impression that he is not a fan of the stuff.
I must have been abused as a child. Chitlins are great if they are hosed clean. I've only had vegemite twice, and it was okay. The rest of your list is delicious. Add scrapple, souse, fried chicken hearts and livers, brains and tripe and it will be a feast.
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