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Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Eat, Europe, Finland

Lets Eat: Helsinki, Finland

Traveling around Finland for 1 Month you find some SUPER places to eat and enjoy.

So what does Finnish cuisine include? Fish, Potatos, Berries and more! With Finland being So far in the North, traditionally vegetables and fruits were hard to come by the majority of the year – but things are different now and things are available all year round. YUM. One of the major downfalls of Finnish Cuisine? only its Cost. It really pulls out every last penny to cook in Finland. But this Nordic country isn’t known for it’s affordability either! So eat up!

  • The potato is considered holy by the Finnish state church, and it was illegal to waste potatoes until 1998 when the law was overturned.

So lets get to it! What are the traditional foods of Finnish that you MUST try?

  • Ruisleip – a sour rye breadLarge male reindeer
  • Reindeer – Like what pull santa’s sleigh, only delicious
  • Mustamakkara – blood sausage
  • Maksalaatikko – liver casserole with raisons, rice, and barley
  • Rössypottu – Mixed game and pork stew
  • Lohikeitto – Salmon soup with cream
  • Hapanvelli – Rye and pea porridge
  • Kaalikääryleet – Cabbage rolls
  • Leipäjuusto – Fresh cow milk cheese
  • Viili – Fermented milk yogurt
And for Dessert?
  • Salmiakki – Salty liquorice flavoured with ammonium chloride (seriously.)
  • Mämmi – Sweet rye malt porridge
  • Laskiaispulla – Pastry filled with whipped cream and almond paste
  • Rönttönen– Pastry with lingonberry filling

    Ripe cloudberry

    Ripe Cloudberry

To Drink?

  • Milk and/or Buttermilk!
  • Glögi – Mulled wine
  • Pontikka – Finnish moonshine
  • Kilju – Sugar wine
  • Cloudberry liqueur

Finland does have some food that would take a lot of determination to try: bacteria fish and the ammonium chloride candy. But in general, Finnish food will bring you plenty of delights from the fish to the reindeer. Here is a list of some of the restaurants in Helsinki for you to enjoy the cuisine:

  • Ravintola Perho – Finnish Food (Mechelinkatu 7, Töölö) $$$
  • Tori – Mediterranean Food (Punavuorenkatu 2) $
  • Juuri – Finnish Food (Korkeavuorenkatu 27) $$
  • Pelmenit – Ukranian Food (Kustaankatu 7) $
  • Kynsilaukka – For Garlic Lovers (Fredrikinkatu 22) $$

$ = 0 – 15 EUR      $$ = 15 – 30 EUR      $$$ = 30 – 50 EUR      $$$$ = Too Many EUR

Overall, Finnish food is sometimes given a bad reputation as being a potatoes dominated cuisine. But if you delve deeper in the Finnish routes, you will experience much more than potatoes and hopefully enjoy the gastronomical ride.

1 Comment

  1. You just had to list the worst foods in Finland XD Almost everyone I know hates mustamakkara, kaalikääryle, verilettu, maksalaatikko and especially mämmi. Tourists: google Karjalanpiirakka, pinaattiletut, kalapuikot (if you like fish), poronkäristys, nakkikeitto and other fish and meats. Almost everything goes with smashed potatoes and salad except soups of course