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This is how you eat in Helsinki: smoked meats, unusual meats and a passion for sweets

This is how you eat in Helsinki: smoked meats, unusual meats and a passion for sweets

The picturesque Finnish capital invites you to recreate the sight and taste in the Esplanadi park, whose Vanha Kauppahalli market sells bear sausages, or to warm up in small cafes. His creative chefs focus on the sustainability of a privileged pantry of fish, meat and forest products.

Finnish crispy bread.

The earth, the plant, is an essence of Finland whose cereals appear from breakfast: a typical porridge enlivened with jam and the ruisleipä rye bread that the world knows best in its cookie version (näkkileipä). Rieska flatbread is made with dough from different grains, although they also make it with potatoes (lepuska).

We are still on earth to celebrate the “new potato” of summer and its many recipes: with herring (silli), with fish roe (mäti) or, simply, with the ubiquitous butter, dill and salt.

Smoked and unusual meats

There is a “pure meat” dish that stands out for its exoticism. It is not very common to eat reindeer in the rest of Europe, but these deer graze in the northern province of Lapland, and Poronkäristys is worth trying. Stir-fried reindeer meat, rich in vitamin B-12, omega-3 and omega-6, is served with mashed potatoes and sweet berries all year round.

You can't leave Finland without trying its famous salmon soup

From cattle come dairy products and Leipäjuusto cheese, baked like a pizza and similar in appearance to this one. They call it “cheese bread”, it is elastic and is eaten hot with blackberry jam.

Passion for sweets

The Vispipuuro dessert is a wheat semolina porridge with various berries (cranberries, strawberries or currants) with milk and sugar. Following a deep-rooted tradition of long and inclement winters, each house cooks its own Korvapuusti (cinnamon buns) and pulla, various kinds of cakes with cardamom and raisins or flaked almonds as main elements. The most iconic national sweet is Karelian pie (Karjalanpiirakka). It comes from that ancient northeastern region, today shared with Russia, and was originally made with a crispy rye crust filled with rice. Today you can find that rice is replaced by carrots or potatoes, but they are still ancestral ingredients with a sweet aftertaste.

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