NATIONAL DISH QUEST

We’ve made it our mission to try every country’s national dish(es). And if possible, Ren will recreate it as well. 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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CHINA: A Dumpling by Any Other Name

CHINA: A Dumpling by Any Other Name

Lumping this polymorphous staple of Chinese cuisine into one generic term is much like saying your favorite hue is “color” --- there are literally endless variations and it would be impossible for one single description to embody all the different types of dumplings that exist in the multiple regions of the Middle Kingdom.
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