Scandinavia has been catching the attention of foodies worldwide over the past few years.
Gastronomes at the forefront of the ‘New Nordic’ culinary era have taken to bold and innovative ways of approaching food; perhaps the most famous example of this is René Redzepi’s famously foraged menu at Copenhagen’s 2-star Michelin restaurant, Noma (whose head sommelier, Mads Kleppe, just so happens to be Norwegian).
Norway doesn’t get as much of the limelight when it comes to world-famous chefs and months-long reservation waitlists, but don’t be fooled into thinking it doesn’t bear dining establishments worthy of media attention and Michelin stars (five of them, to be exact).
Norwegian chefs hone in on what Scandinavian dining is really all about: home-cooked meals made with local ingredients from both land and sea and the odd inspiration from other cultures.
Norway’s unique location and climate give it the most cultivable land in the northern world thanks to the Gulf Stream that brings warm air and water to the Arctic Circle.
The result is mouth-watering flavour complexities that are hard to come by anywhere else; berries grown in microclimates burst with sweetness and seafood from the frigid waters of the Norwegian Sea when met by warm waters of the Gulf is less salty and privileged with the perfect texture.
Everyday Norwegian specialties include a lamb and cabbage stew called fårikål, Norwegian meatballs known as kjøttkaker, reindeer, moose and lutefisk, which is cod cured in lye.
If your season of visit permits, be sure to sample Skrei, a Norwegian cod whose other moniker is ‘white gold’, remarked for its flaky texture and delicate flavour.
Next time you find yourself in Oslo, be sure to stop by some of my favourite spots below that include both classic Norwegian fare and international cuisine.
Savour a Cantonese-inspired menu fused with Norwegian ingredients as you overlook the Aker Brygge Marina. Your taste buds won’t be the only ones partying.
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