When you come to a new country, whether staying for a long time or just for a short trip, it also means that your taste has to get used to a new cuisine. Luckily, these Norwegian dishes below are much more delicious than their names imply.—————————————————🍔1. Fish pudding – Fiskepudding
Have you ever imagined a strange mix between the sweetness of a delicious pudding and the salty taste of fish? Come to Norway, do not miss this exciting culinary experience. Fortunately, the fish pudding is not a dessert, and its actual presentation also looks much more appealing than the picture on the packaging.The only minus point of this Norwegian favorite probably lies in the fact that it is a bit simple to prepare. Fiskepudding is a mixture made of white fish, flour, milk, and spices. Fish pudding can also be served with a creamy sauce, and when served as such, it is called Flote Pudding.Fish pudding is usually served with boiled potatoes, grated carrots, fried onions, and more. The dish has a taste and texture similar to fish cakes or burgers. If you love these two dishes then you definitely won’t have any problems with fish pudding. This is a fairly common dish in Norway, and you’ll find it in most supermarkets and convenience stores.🍔2. Sour cream porridge – Rommegrot
Rommegrot is a sour cream porridge usually served on special occasions. Porridge is made from sour cream, whole milk, flour, butter, and salt. Recipes may vary slightly depending on the region you are in.Sour cream porridge is usually served with butter, sugar, cinnamon, and cream. It is a smooth, sweet, and savory dish with a texture similar to Greek yogurt. The porridge taste is quite rich and will definitely fill you up with a full serving, so you should opt for a small portion if this is your first time trying this dish.The dish is not only loved but also associated with many local festivals in Norway. In Westby Wisconsin, a small town with a lot of Norwegian heritage, they hold an annual Rommegrot eating contest. You can make Rommegrot sour cream porridge at home or buy it from most Norwegian supermarkets.🍔3. Brown cheese – Brunost
Brown cheese is a type of goat cheese, the main ingredient is milk. The whey, which is produced during the cheese-making process and usually filtered, is heated until it thickens into a rather salty mixture, then sweetened with caramel. The dish sounds quite appealing, especially to cheese lovers. You can find Brunost cheese in most supermarkets and in the breakfast buffets of many hotels.It is a stand-alone dish to be eaten on its own, not a seasoning ingredient added to others. However, this makes some people dislike it. Take, for example, havrevafler (salty oat waffles) or sveler (thick Norwegian pancakes), both are traditionally served with brown cheese, sour cream, and jam.Although this combination may not sound too appealing, it is a must-try dish for those who want to experience Norwegian culinary culture. It’s a delicious, well-balanced combination that works surprisingly well.🍔4. Meat on a stick – Pinnekjott
The name Pinnekjott means “stick meat” because it is made from salted and dried lamb ribs steamed on silver birch tree twigs. The dish is usually served with mashed potatoes, papaya, and pureed Swedish sausage.Pinnekjott is one of the signature dishes you can find on the menu if dining in Norway. This dish is served all over Norway but is most common in Western and Northern Norway.Lamb chops cooked just enough to be soft are the highlight of this dish, creating a very delicious and attractive flavor. The salty taste of meat mixed with the fleshy taste of mashed potatoes really makes the dish explode.🍔5. Caviar cream – Kaviar
Kaviar is made from a mixture of smoked cod roe that is whipped cream and packed into tubes. This cream can be found in every supermarket in Norway and is a must-have in every Norwegian’s fridge.While it may not sound very appealing, Kaviar is a very popular snack or breakfast, and it is often served on bread or crusty bread (knokkebrod). Kaviar has a strong salty taste, with a characteristic odor that may turn some people off, but it is certainly worth a try.🍔6. Dried cod in vinegar – Lutefisk
Lutefisk is made from white fish that is dried and then soaked with vinegar to reduce the fishy smell and enhance the sour taste with the sauce. Lutefisk is traditionally served with boiled potatoes, green peas, and bacon. The smell of Lutefisk is very strong and pungent with a sour aroma. The fish dish has a very mild and delicious taste, surely anyone who eats it once cannot forget. This special pickled cod is typically consumed by Norwegians during the Christmas holidays or family gatherings.