What to eat in Finland - opinions from italians October 27 2014

As the italians are so used to eat really well, even at home, it can be a bit intimidating to ask their recommandations about finnish food. I did and here's what I found out.

Smoked salmon and smoked fish in general. In the picture Loimulohi is being prepared, which will have a slight taste of smoke yet the meat will stay juicy as the fish will be cooked slowly. Yammy!

Savuporokeitto (a savory soup of reindeer meat) and soups in general, like the following salmon soup.

Karjalanpiirakka (small, savory 'pie' with a rice porridge filling in a thin rye crust)  and karjalanpaisti (oven roasted meat, usually pork and beef with some vegetables and some bay leaves) were mentioned. These were my childhood favourites!

 

Personally, what was surprising to me is this dish from eastern Finland, Kalakukko. Mentioned as 'the plate you need to taste to obtain finnish citizenship' ;)

A corageous test. I haven't tasted it yet, but here it is. Fish, pork and bacon are baked inside a loaf of rye bread. Doesn't sound too bad, so if you decide to visit Kuopio, the Kalakukko city in Finland, you should definitely go for it!