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.
As the Beetles sang, “isn’t it good, Norwegian boob!”
I just finished a helping of oxtail stew that my wife cooked for dinner. Delicious.
This from the country that gave us “What Does the Fox Say?”
All of my grandparents are Norwegian (and going back 700+ years). My one grandfather had dark olive skin, jet black hair, and dark brown eyes. My dad always figured he had the genes of some beautiful Mediterranean slave girl brought back from the Vikings.
That was, until he visited northern Norway and the Sami villages. Very dark features there too.
Or we always say
Friends don’t let friends eat lutefisk
You mean the Korean version wasn’t the original??
Growing up, the cat would leave home a week before Christmas and would not return until after New Year’s. She knew what was good for her....we on the other hand had no choice
they don’t look like that for long
Not bad, in limited quantities.
I like haggis.... and head cheese too
out of the weeds came a thousand Swedes, chased by one Norweigian.
I agree with the article’s premise.
Many ethnic dishes in America are “Peasant Food”.
Tripe and bracciole, Cantonese Chinese, krauts and wursts, dumplings and kreplach, brisket instead of loin, preserved vegetables and meats of all kinds . . .
And one of my favorite sandwiches is pastrami and tongue with course mustard and red-onion on pumpernickel, with pickled tomatoes & red cabbage on the side and an ice-cold Dr Brown’s Cel Ray!
BTW Balut crunches when you mash that first good mouthful. Bones and beaks givin’ up the ghost.
But Lutefiske, as well as Durian (from the PI). just can’t go there . . .
at least she knew what price she had to sell out her beliefs.
I was merely admiring her high cheek bones.
Anyway, it's all ack-wired taste! Which makes me think of tripe soup. Mmmmmmmm....
We used to be able to buy Balut on Magsaysay street in Olongopo City, just outside NAS Cubi Pt. buy three, toss two to the little alligators in the little pool by the sidewalk, then eat the third. Smelled awful, didn’t taste too bad if you were drunk enough on painted-label San Miguel. *sigh*
Being of Italian descent there isn’t anything I dont like except scungilli (large snails) and anchovies. Sardines I really like especially as an adult. Recently got adventurous and bought a can of fried mackerel imported from Latvia. Never tried it like that before but it was very good. Most young people wouldn’t care for it however.
Sardines are alright on toast.
Yep—toast up some French, Italian or sourdough bread, add the sardines and voila-— maybe some thin sliced tomato as an option otherwise its good to go just on bread.
I have watched those alligators being fed. I think they sold little ducklings to toss in the the pit. I could not participate and was more interested in finding the next five star San Miguel beer and watching the gals.
I'm married to some of that dark-haired Norwegian "merchandise." She's pure Saami. She's gorgeous and I'll bet she'd whip your butt in an IQ contest.
Well, this foreigner would probably enjoy, or at least try, most of those dishes without much reservation. I actually like fiskebolle in cream sauce (both freshly made, not out of a can), and flatbreads and porridge are harmless.
I’d have a bit more trouble with the mutton stew and sheep’s head, but only because I simply don’t care for the taste of lamb. The French still serve calf’s head (tete de veaux, I think it’s called?) and it’s considered a delicacy.
The pig trotters I would try, but I know it would be a bite or two and that would be it.
Lutefisk, however...there’s just no way. I’ve compiled a very short list of foods I know I could never bring myself to try, and lutefisk is 2nd place on the list (just behind Balut).
You only say it because she's looking over your shoulder. Been there, done that!