NATIONAL DISH QUEST

We fly for food so we’ve made it our mission to try every country’s national dish(es). Aside from sharing our own stories, we’d love to hear yours too. If you’d like to contribute to our National Dish Quest, then please visit THIS PAGE for more information.

ICELAND: Hakarl, An Acquired Rotten Taste

ICELAND: Hakarl, An Acquired Rotten Taste

Hakarl is a national dish of Iceland, consisting of Greenland shark meat, that has been buried, rotten and fermented. The reason for the fermentation process? Well, the Greenland shark is poisonous to eat in it’s natural state due to extremely high levels of trimethylamine oxide and uric acid in the flesh.
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