Surströmming – fermented herring

Food wise, well… where I come from we have this delicatessen

800px-SurströmmingSurströmming, Swedish “soured (Baltic) herring”) is a northern Swedish dish consisting of fermented Baltic herring. Surströmming is sold in cans, which often bulge during shipping and storage, due to the continued fermentation. When opened, the contents release a strong and sometimes overwhelming odor, which explains why the dish is often eaten outdoors. A Japanese study has shown that the smell of a newly opened can of surströmming is the most putrid smell of food in the world, beating similar fermented fish dishes such as the Korean Hongeohoe or Japanese Kusaya. But I love it, but you do need a lot of schnaps though for this dish, but that goes for a lot of Swedish food.

I took this to my Norwegian uncle and we actually managed to get the fire department called out to his place because they actually thought it was a gas leak somewhere after complaints from the neighbours.

About Rincewind

Love my vintage pinups, burlesque, smoking fetish and weirdness. Swedish person lived in Sweden, London and now Prague. Love moving around, metting new people. Open your mind for new experiences.

Posted on October 26, 2011, in Mixed stuff and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. That’s hilarious, and that market’s all yours buddy! 😀

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