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Norwegian Delicacies Foreigners Can't Stomach
The Local ^ | 16 Oct 2013

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.


TOPICS: Food; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cuisine; fermentedfish; fermintedfish; haha; norwegian
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1 posted on 10/26/2013 3:50:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 10/26/2013 3:55:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Charles Henrickson

LOL


3 posted on 10/26/2013 3:57:18 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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4 posted on 10/26/2013 4:02:11 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every Christmas filled with the stench of lutefisk.......I can hardly wait...LOL!


5 posted on 10/26/2013 4:21:21 PM PDT by doc maverick
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To: nickcarraway

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.


6 posted on 10/26/2013 4:21:33 PM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise
I can stomach them, thank you.


7 posted on 10/26/2013 4:23:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


8 posted on 10/26/2013 4:28:09 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


9 posted on 10/26/2013 4:29:50 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh...My...God! I once drove through a town that was having a Lutefisk festival. It was a mind-altering experience.


10 posted on 10/26/2013 4:43:20 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Revolting cat!

Send me the second one, stat. I’m very ronery.


11 posted on 10/26/2013 4:44:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Norwegian and not blonde? Prolly mid-Eastern or Gypsy. Still want the merchandise, customer?


12 posted on 10/26/2013 4:46:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: jespasinthru

Try some Scottish haggis, anyone?


13 posted on 10/26/2013 4:50:11 PM PDT by ArmyTeach ( Videteco eos prius (See 'em first) Sculpin 191)
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To: jespasinthru

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.


14 posted on 10/26/2013 4:52:10 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Revolting cat!

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.


15 posted on 10/26/2013 4:55:10 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Good news, Federal Funding for my Tagline has been restored. Crisis averted.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Yes, please. Pretty please. With sprinkles on top.


16 posted on 10/26/2013 4:55:25 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: jespasinthru

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.


17 posted on 10/26/2013 4:55:54 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: nickcarraway

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.


18 posted on 10/26/2013 4:56:04 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: jespasinthru
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.

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.

19 posted on 10/26/2013 4:56:52 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - shall not be questioned)
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To: Revolting cat!

20 posted on 10/26/2013 5:08:03 PM PDT by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: matt1234; a fool in paradise

As the Beetles sang, “isn’t it good, Norwegian boob!”


21 posted on 10/26/2013 5:09:05 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway
Good God in heaven help us, nick, what is that? What is it????
22 posted on 10/26/2013 5:10:54 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Love, and let live.)
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To: nickcarraway

I just finished a helping of oxtail stew that my wife cooked for dinner. Delicious.


23 posted on 10/26/2013 5:11:19 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Revolting cat!

This from the country that gave us “What Does the Fox Say?”


24 posted on 10/26/2013 5:12:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Revolting cat!
“Norwegian and not blonde? Prolly mid-Eastern or Gypsy.”

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.

25 posted on 10/26/2013 5:15:31 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Or we always say

Friends don’t let friends eat lutefisk


26 posted on 10/26/2013 5:15:35 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: dfwgator; KC_Lion

You mean the Korean version wasn’t the original??

lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgoRpu1VrNs


27 posted on 10/26/2013 5:16:17 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: doc maverick

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


28 posted on 10/26/2013 5:16:40 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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29 posted on 10/26/2013 5:17:01 PM PDT by B-Cause (The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money - Thatcher)
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To: Revolting cat!

they don’t look like that for long


30 posted on 10/26/2013 5:17:12 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: nickcarraway

Not bad, in limited quantities.

31 posted on 10/26/2013 5:17:48 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: ArmyTeach

I like haggis.... and head cheese too


32 posted on 10/26/2013 5:18:16 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: matt1234

Ski rack?


33 posted on 10/26/2013 5:18:37 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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34 posted on 10/26/2013 5:19:02 PM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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35 posted on 10/26/2013 5:19:17 PM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: nickcarraway

out of the weeds came a thousand Swedes, chased by one Norweigian.


36 posted on 10/26/2013 5:22:58 PM PDT by GotMojo
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To: nickcarraway

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 . . .


37 posted on 10/26/2013 5:28:40 PM PDT by Macoozie (1) Win the Senate 2) Repeal Obamacare 3) Impeach Roberts)
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To: Kip Russell

at least she knew what price she had to sell out her beliefs.


38 posted on 10/26/2013 5:30:08 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: null and void

Hilarious


39 posted on 10/26/2013 5:30:58 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Revolting cat!
As the Beetles sang, “isn’t it good, Norwegian boob!”

I was merely admiring her high cheek bones.

40 posted on 10/26/2013 5:35:06 PM PDT by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: nickcarraway
You've gotta remember that some of these "disgusting" foods never go alone, but are accompanied by a shot of strong liquor, for example pickled herring + vodka for the Eastern Europeans.

Anyway, it's all ack-wired taste! Which makes me think of tripe soup. Mmmmmmmm....


41 posted on 10/26/2013 5:35:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

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*


42 posted on 10/26/2013 5:35:54 PM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: 21twelve

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.


43 posted on 10/26/2013 5:46:59 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: tflabo

Sardines are alright on toast.


44 posted on 10/26/2013 5:47:56 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

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.


45 posted on 10/26/2013 5:50:24 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Afterguard

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.


46 posted on 10/26/2013 5:56:40 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Norwegian and not blonde? Prolly mid-Eastern or Gypsy. Still want the merchandise, customer?

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.

47 posted on 10/26/2013 6:18:38 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: nickcarraway

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).


48 posted on 10/26/2013 6:23:45 PM PDT by DemforBush (Of all the Thompson gunners, Roland was the best.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I looked up lutefisk on Wikipedia once. Turns out there's a lot of ethnic foods from various places based on deliberately rotted fish.
49 posted on 10/26/2013 6:28:57 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means.")
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To: Bernard Marx
She's gorgeous and I'll bet she'd whip your butt in an IQ contest.

You only say it because she's looking over your shoulder. Been there, done that!

50 posted on 10/26/2013 6:44:23 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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