Adventurous Eating


Photo of Icelandic cuisine.A few months ago a friend and I took a trip to the UK, and our flight included a one-day stopover in Iceland. After walking around around for a bit in Reykjavík, we decided that it was time for lunch (and time to get out of the rain). We chose a little café that specialized in "traditional Icelandic cuisine".

Before I travel I like to do a bit of research about the places I'll be visiting, and one thing that intrigued me was hákarl (fermented shark). This video goes into detail on how it's made (not for those with sensitive stomachs. Don't say that I haven't warned you).

While looking at the menu, my attention kept returning to those selections that included the shark. "You're here," said the little voice inside my head. "You don't know when, or if, you'll be back. Try the shark. You know you want to."

So I ordered a plate that included a bit of shark. If you look at the picture, the shark is in the white cup, with the toothpick sticking up. Doesn't look very scary, does it? But it has defeated such famous foodies as Anthony Bourdain, and Gordon Ramsay.

It's not as bad as people make it out to be (in fact, the entire meal was delicious). I even finished my friend's portion. A bit of an ammonia-y taste, but still quite mild. I would, however, advise anyone trying hákarl not to smell it before putting it in your mouth.


Author Bio:

Erin M has the soul (and stomach) of a Viking.

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