Typically Danish delights
Whenever I’m on holiday I also look for the local cuisine. This was no different in Copenhagen. I went out and tasted a few different typically Danish delights.
These are slices of rye bread topped generously with different kinds of fixed flavour combinations. For example, you can get smørrebrød with herring in curry sauce and smørrebrød with shrimp and egg (like on the picture here), but there are also smørrebrød with salmon or smørrebrød with roast beef. It’s topped so generously, finding the bread is quite the search. And so this lunch dish is very filling. The flavours are kept as clean as possible, with very little addition of things like salt and pepper.
You can eat good smørrebrød at Café Oscar, Bredgade 58 in Copenhagen near Amalienborg palace or at Hallernes Smørrebrød in Torvehallerne (there is always a massive queue in front of the latter).
Are you also a fan of the IKEA hotdogs? In Sweden these are called korv. In Denmark pølse, a hotdog on a bun with raw onion, sliced gherkin, fried onions and several kinds of sauce, are sold on nearly every street corner.
The dish in the picture doesn’t look very appetizing, but it tasted great. And before I’d nibbled off the almonds and stirred the apple pieces with the caramel sauce through the oatmeal, it looked very pretty good too. I bought this at Grød in Torvehallerne. They have all different kinds of nutritious porridge there, both sweet (like grød) and savoury (like risotto).
By the way, the caramel sauce they use at Grød is delicious. They also sell it separately to take home. Grød has multiple shops in Copenhagen. Check their website for addresses.
Foam kisses, chocolate kisses or just kisses: a marshmallow on a biscuit base, covered in chocolate. The Dutch equivalent of a British tea cake. Since the original name (negerzoen = negro’s kiss) is no longer PC, it’s become difficult to ask around for them in shops. At Jamin they have recently begun selling all different kinds of foam kisses: coffee flavoured, strawberry flavoured, with white, milk or dark chocolate. At some point I was unable to find them in the shop and asked a salesperson if they carried any kisses. She looked at me funny, upon which I frenetically tried to explain what I wanted without using the old name. I couldn’t for the life of me remember the word foam kiss. It’s a stupid name anyway. No, just use the Danish name: fløddeboller. Sounds fun, right? Fløddeboller are originally from Denmark. Get yourself into a patisserie and be bowled over by the many kinds they sell there.
And now you’re in that patisserie anyway, you might as well try a Danish bun, cookie or pastry. Below you see a bun filled with blueberries and ginger and a kind of shortbread cookie with strawberry jam in the middle. I bought them at Meyers Bageri, Jægersborggade 9 in Copenhagen.