A Taste of Scandinavia

What is the best part of travelling? Travel allows me to meet and interact with people of different races and culture. It makes me appreciate my family and friends more, as well as their accompaniments during the journey. I guess, another great thing about travelling is that I got to try different cuisines and food around the world. My winter holiday to the Scandinavia in December last year has certainly exposed me to some of the best food in Europe.

Denmark

As a baker, the first thing that drew my attention was the vast variety of bread and pastry at Lagkagehuset, probably one of the best bakeries in Copenhagen. The size of the danish pastries is considered quite big for me, almost double in size compared to those found in Singapore. If you are looking for divine Danish pastry with a reasonable price, this bakery won’t disappoint you.

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Located at the centre of Copenhagen city, Strøget boasts one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe at 1.1 km.

Sweden

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A visit to Stockholm will not be considered complete without a stroll at Gamla Stan or known as the Old Town. Buildings of the medieval age here are very well preserved.

Most of the pastry chefs or bakers are familiar with French pastry, such as macarons, financier, croquembouche, madeleine etc. But what about Swedish cakes and pastries? Now, let me introduce the iconic Swedish Cakes – Prinsesstårta, or the Princess Cake. It is a classic Swedish layered cake comprising alternate layers of sponge cake, berry jam, pastry cream and whipped cream, and topped with a beautiful green marzipan. No wonder the Princesses were said to have been fond of this cake.

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Leavened by yeast, lussekatt is a Swedish soft bun which uses the most expensive spice in the world — saffron.
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A dinner at the northern most IKEA in the world, which is near the border between Sweden and Finland (@ Haparanda – Tornio).
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Something fresh from the sea – Prawns & lobster sandwich – while we sailed from Stockholm to Helsinki

Finland

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Fish soup with generous chunks of fish, served with bread. (@ Old Market Hall, Helsinki)
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When the seafood is especially fresh, we don’t need fancy cooking method to bring out the flavour. Simplicity is key.
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Frosty the Snowman
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Freshly grilled salmon in a teepee restaurant at the Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi. The salmon was fresh, tender and succulent.
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Hot berry juice

The trip to the Scandinavia is absolutely a fruitful one. Oh…another highlight of the trip is that we finally witness the NORTHERN LIGHT!!! How lucky are we, and we give thanks to God for the wonderful memories.

(The pictures taken were blur, I guess it would have been perfect if we had a tripod to stabilise the camera.)

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