HAVING A NORDIC CHRISTMAS IN SINGAPORE

This holiday season, we won’t be soaking in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, visiting Norway’s gorgeous fjords, or running off to Santa’s grotto in Finland. Thankfully, nordic cuisine can be easily found, even in sunny Singapore. From December 12 to 25, five restaurants will be serving classic Nordic-style festive dishes in partnership with Try Swedish, an export programme which supports the global promotion and sales of Swedish food and beverage products.

Tucked away on Duxton Road is Fung Kee Hot Dogs, a late-night snack joint formerly at Orchard Towers. With a name that means “prosperity” in Chinese, decor inspired by old-school diners, and a menu that showcases Scandinavian flavours, Fung Kee is a witty fusion of Nordic food and Singaporean sensibilities—all crammed into a hip little space. Among their Christmas specials are a festive platter, gravlax toast, and Swedish ham; all equally delightful with a glass of mulled wine.

Start your meal by saying “skål!“ to glögg (Scandinavian mulled wine) served with almonds and raisins or the refreshing, gin-like Aquavit, a distilled spirit commonly termed the “water of life” in Nordic countries. Then tuck into the festive platter, which comes with two kinds of pickled herring, meatballs, sausages, egg, and Janzon’s Temptation—cream-baked potatoes with anchovy. Scandinavian chef-owner Knut Randhem tells us that he’s gone easy on the salt to cater to local tastes. What results is a savoury and hearty platter that pairs exceptionally well with the side of creamy baked potatoes. Another favourite of ours is the mustard crust baked ham, served with cream baked kale on Swedish crackers. Bonus: Be nice and Knut might just hand you a pepparkakor (Swedish ginger cookie) or two.

Credits: ÁTIPICO 

Meanwhile, home party makers can order a buffet of Swede Julbord favourites from private chef service ÁTIPICO, featuring Julskinka Swedish Christmas ham, Swedish meatballs, and more. For a unique dining experience, head to HUONE (room in Finnish) for a home-style Christmas menu featuring joululimppu, a spiced Christmas bread served with gravlax salmon and herring; and piparkakku, gingerbread with plum mousse—served in either a Nordic birch forest or Igloo-themed room. Fancy gourmet Swedish Meatballs? Check out LUX, which serves Scandinavian dishes made in-house from scratch using quality market produce. Home cooks can also order authentic Scandinavian products from the Try Swedish shop on RedMart, which purveys treats like Krisprolls Swedish Toast and Arla Herbs and Spices Cream Cheese.

Credits: Leckerbaer

Those with a sweet tooth with appreciate Leckerbaer‘s baked goods and desserts, including eight special Christmas flavours of småkager, like the Milk (cacao and vanilla cream), Ruby Chocolate(blackberries), and Orange(salted caramel and sour sugar). 

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