I never knew that Sweden, and especially the Skåne region, would have such an abundance of amazing food. I had grown up eating a few Swedish staples, like pickled herring and buttered flat bread, but I had no idea what they could do with these ordinary ingredients or how beautifully it could be presented.
Tastes from the Sea
We were only in Skåne for a couple of days, during that time we ate our way completely around the county. As you might imagine, fish plays a major role in the Swedish diet. We tried fish dish after fish dish, and it was all delicious.
We started in a small harbor at a fish shop called Blâ Hoddans Fisk, where we met up with Tobias and tried some of their home-smoked salmon as well as hearing a little about the fishing history of the area.
Amazing fish dishes can be found just about everywhere, and believe it or not our next stop was the Malmö train station. Inside we visited the Salt and Sill restaurant where they gifted us with oysters, pickled herring, and deep-fried herring fingers. Each melted in our mouths. It was at this point in the day when I realized I must be a reincarnated Swede, because I was in herring heaven. The next time I’m in Malmö, mark my words, I won’t be leaving the station until I stop and have a herring fix, that’s for sure.
Another memorable fish dish was had that evening at Ambiance à Vindåkra, a Michelin star restaurant located outside of Malmö. This delectable greens and monkfish dish tantalized us with the subtle flavors of summer.
Tastes from the Pastures
Not that I was so inclined, but we did have much more than fish. During our stay in Skåne, we had a variety of meat dishes as well. Our very first lunch, in Svaneholm Castle, started us off with a working man’s lunch of pork, salad, and potatoes giving us a glimpse of everyday life in Skåne.
Plenty of our stops showed us the elevated side of the meats as well. Every type of meat, from beef to lamb, found its way to our table.
One of the places where the meat was the absolute best was at Ängavallen, a farm that raises all its own meats. It leaves nothing to the outside world as it grows its own grains to feed the animals, which are in fenced pastures, not confined to small compartments, and free to roam around and enjoy life. They then butcher the animals and either serve the meat at their amazing on-site restaurant or sell it in their shop.
We even had one of the simplest of dishes at the most common places to eat lunch, at the Green Marmarknad, a grocery store located next to the iconic twisted building in Malmö. We were treated to a turkey patty on a bed of bulgur and greens, which I must say rivaled the more refined dining places we stopped on our tour. We also stopped at Gastronomi & Harmoni where Paul, the owner and chef, served us up a variety of local salamis and cheeses.
Time for a Break – Fika!
As we ate and ate, we learned of what is probably my favorite Swedish tradition – the fika. Somewhat like a coffee break in mid-morning, fika is a sacred time set away for everyone to just take a few minutes and have a cup of coffee and a snack. Our fika was taken at the Kaka på Kaka where they served us some scrumptious cookies.
Cheese and Dessert Courses, Too
To top off all these amazing meals we had some fantastic cheese courses as well as the most delectable desserts.
There is no doubt that our Gastronomy Tour provided by TBEX and Visit Sweden provided us with a memorable taste of Skåne, Sweden. If you are visiting this amazing country, take time to look up some of these eateries and enjoy.
Here’s a few other memorable dishes that we were treated to:
Here is the complete list of places that sponsored us on this fantastic food tour:
- Svaneholm Castle
- Ambiance à Vindåkra
- Blâ Hoddans Fisk
- Kaka på Kaka
- Gastronomi & Harmoni
- Salt and Sill
- Green Matmarknad
Thanks once again to all of the above mentioned restaurants for giving us a true taste of Sweden.
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