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“A Taste of Sweden” From meatballs to fine dining: explore and experience Swedish food in Hong Kong

In November, the Consulate General of Sweden together with Frantzén’s Kitchen, Mr Meatball, Squarestreet KAFFE, SverigeShoppen and Swish Pizza would like to invite you to have “A Taste of Sweden” – take a journey around Hong Kong and explore and experience Swedish food with us!
The “A Taste of Sweden” campaign aims to, in a fun and interactive way, present Swedish food and culture to a new audience in Hong Kong.
You join the campaign by visiting any of the participating Swedish shops and restaurants during the month of November. The more outlets you visit the higher the chance to win!

More than meatballs

When it comes to Swedish food, Hongkongers may think about Swedish meatballs – thanks to IKEA & Mr. Meatball. As much as we love the meatballs though, Swedish cuisine has a lot more to offer.
Sweden’s food culture centres on local produce, but Swedes has always explored dishes and incorporated flavours from other cultures, which have often led to new exciting gastronomical experiences. In fact, meatballs were brought over from Turkey by King Charles XII in the early 18th century. Swedes complemented the meatballs with local trimmings such as pickled cucumber, potatoes and lingonberries, smothering them in a creamy gravy (brunsås) – and the dish Swedish Meatballs were born.
Kebab from Turkey and pizza from Italy lead to the national favourite Kebabpizza. This classic Swedish dish can be enjoyed in Hong Kong, at Swish pizza. A family favourite on Fridays is the Swedish taco, definitely inspired by the Mexican kitchen but made something unique and truly Swedish. A visit to SverigeShoppen and you’ll have all the ingredients you need to cook for a Swedish Friday taco night. Together with a bowl of mixed Swedish candy and you have a complete authentic so called “Cozy Friday”.
A current trend among Swedish chefs and in fine dining restaurants is traditional Swedish cooking that focuses on simplicity while using locally grown produce. However, at the other end of the spectrum, fusion restaurants are not only using local ingredients, but also seizing on the Swedish love of Asia by serving high-quality dishes inspired by cuisine from Asian countries. Frantzén’s Kitchen, the Hong Kong branch of famous three Michelin stars awarded chef Björn Frantzén, serves high-quality Nordic cuisine with an Asian influence.

The love for fika

Fika is a unique Swedish word, it works both as a verb and a noun. Swedes prefer not to translate the word as they don’t want it to lose significance and become a mere coffee break. It is similar to Hong Kong’s “saam dim saam”「三點三」!
Fika is much more than having a quick cup of coffee. It is a social phenomenon, a legitimate reason to set aside a moment for quality time. Fika can happen at any time, morning as well as evening. It can be savoured at home, at work or in a café (or fik). It can be with colleagues, family, friends, or someone you are trying to get to know.
Accompanying sweets are crucial. Cinnamon buns, cakes, cookies, or open-faced sandwiches pass as acceptable fika fare. It comes as no surprise that Swedes are among the top consumers of coffee and sweets in the world. In fact, the average Swede will consume more than a thousand cups of coffee every year. Squarestreet KAFFE offers classical Swedish pastries and Swedish coffee in Hong Kong.

Food is also connected to sustainability and health

Swedes pride themselves on eating as naturally as possible in a bid to look after their health – and that of the planet. Food production ethics and animal welfare are high on the agenda. Many people are striving for more sustainable dietary habits with zero waste. This movement has really given rise to high-end organic produce from fishermen and farmers, supports sustainable practices by suppliers, curbs food wastage and reduces environmental impact.

Welcome to join “A Taste of Sweden” in November!