Culinary food in Iceland.
Iceland has a rich cuisine specializing in fish, meat and lamb. Some typical Icelandic dishes are:
Hákarl: dried and fermented shark
Pylsur: Icelandic hot dogs often served with mustard and remoulade
Skyr: a type of yogurt commonly eaten as breakfast or dessert
Rækjadökur: grilled prawns on toast
Kjötsúpa: a meat soup often made with potatoes, carrots and celery.
Iceland also has many local beer and liquor brands. Brennivín, a juniper brandy, is a popular drink in the country.
Hákarl is a traditional Icelandic dish made from fermented and dried shark. It is an ancient method of food preservation that dates back to the time when fresh fish was hard to come by due to the harsh climatic conditions and distance from the fishing grounds in Iceland.
The process of making hákarl is to dig up the carcass of the Greenland shark or cat shark and ferment and dry it for several months. This process removes the toxic ammonia compounds found in the shark's carrion passages.
Hákarl has a very strong and unusual taste, which is perceived by many as very intense and unpleasant. It is often eaten as an appetizer or in small quantities as a component of Icelandic "Brennivín" liquor.
Pylsur is an Icelandic variant of the hot dog. It is a popular street food and is often sold at hot dog stalls or takeaways. Pylsur consists of a white bun filled with a sausage speciality of beef and pork. It is often served with mustard, remoulade, onions and ketchup.
Pylsur has a very high status in Iceland and is a popular food among both locals and tourists. It is considered very typical and authentic to Icelandic cuisine and some people claim that it is the best way to experience the culture of Iceland.
Skyr is a type of yogurt made from the milk of cattle. It is a very old food that has been produced in Iceland for centuries. It has a very high nutrient density and is rich in proteins and calcium. It has a thick consistency and a mild taste, similar to yogurt.
Skyr is often eaten in Iceland as breakfast or dessert. It can be mixed pure or with fruits and/or honey. There are also many different flavors available in supermarkets and grocery stores. It is often considered a healthy alternative to other desserts and has gained increasing popularity as a superfood in Iceland and other countries.
Rækjadökur are grilled prawns on toast. It is a popular appetizer or snack in Iceland. Prawns are fried in oil and garlic and then served on toasted bread. It is often seasoned with lemon juice and chopped dill. It can also be served with sauce, for example cocktail sauce.
It is a simple and delicious meal offered in many restaurants and takeaways in Iceland. It's often considered a perfect snack for an evening on the town or a quick lunch between sightseeing activities.
Kjötsúpa is a traditional Icelandic meat soup, often made from beef, potatoes, carrots and celery. It is a very nutritious and filling food that has been eaten in Iceland for centuries.
The process of preparing Kjötsúpa begins with cooking the beef until it is tender. Then potatoes, carrots and celery are added and everything is cooked together. It is often seasoned with pepper, bay leaves and other spices. It is often considered a very comfortable and warming food, eaten especially during the cold winter months.
It is a very popular food in Iceland and is often cooked in restaurants and at home.
Brennivín is a juniper brandy produced in Iceland and considered the national drink. It is a very strong drink typically made from juniper berries and potatoes. It has a very strong and unusual taste, which is perceived by many as very intense and unpleasant. It is often drunk in small quantities as an aperitif or with certain foods such as the traditional Icelandic dish "hákarl".
Brennivín has a long tradition in Iceland and has a very high status in Icelandic culture. However, it is also controversial as it is a very strong alcoholic beverage and therefore also has its negative effects on health. However, it is still very popular and is often served in bars and restaurants in Iceland.
Plómur is an Icelandic dessert made from potatoes and often served with whipped cream and vanilla flavor. It is a very simple and nutritious dessert that goes back to traditional Icelandic cuisine. It used to be often prepared for special occasions such as weddings and other celebrations, but it is now also an everyday dessert eaten in many restaurants and at home.
The process of preparing plómur is to crush boiled potatoes and mix them with milk, cream, sugar and vanilla. It is then poured into a mold and baked in the oven until golden brown. It is often served with whipped cream and can also be garnished with berries or other fruits. It is a very tasty and filling dessert that is often considered a comfortable and warming meal.
Iceland has a rich selection of beverages made from natural ingredients such as water, milk and fruits, as well as alcoholic beverages such as beer and liquor. Some typical Icelandic drinks are:
Kaffi: Coffee is a very popular drink in Iceland and is often served in cafes and restaurants.
Te: Tea is also a very popular drink in Iceland and is often enjoyed as a warm and soothing drink.
Malt oil: A non-alcoholic beer often drunk by teenagers and adults.
Brennivín: Juniper brandy produced in Iceland and considered the national drink.
Vatnajökull: Ice water extracted from the glaciers in Iceland and considered very pure and natural.
There are also many international drinks available in Iceland, such as beer, wine and spirits. In recent years, Iceland has also developed a rich craft beer scene offering both local and international beers.