Traditional Copenhagen Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Copenhagen is complete without tasting the traditional Copenhagen food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Copenhagen to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Leverpostej: liver pate.
- Medisterpølse: thick, spicy sausage made of minced pork stuffed into pig intestines.
- Pickled Herring: most cured herring uses a two-step curing process. Initially, herring is cured with salt to extract water.
- Rollmops: pickled herring fillets, rolled around slices of onion or other filling.
- Rød Pølse: a type of boiled sausage.
- Rullepølse: rolled up pork belly, flattened out and spread with herbs and seasoning.
- Bygvandgrød: Danish barley soup.
- Fiskesuppe: fish soup.
- Gule Ærter: split-pea soup.
- Rødbedsuppe: beet soup.
- Ølsuppe: rugbrød scraps and beer.
- Ansjossalat: anchovy salad.
- Copenhagen Salad: cheese, grapes, oranges, walnuts.
- Danish Apple Slaw: apples and shredded cabbage, mayonnaise.
- Sildesalat: herring salad.
- Varm kartoffelsalat: warm potato salad.
- Biksemad: Beef hash served with a fried egg and ketchup.
- Brændende Kærlighed: mashed potatoes made with butter and milk or cream.
- Brune Kartofler: caramelized browned potatoes.
- Brunkaal med Flæsk: cabbage with bacon.
- Copenhagen Potatoes: potatoes, bacon, vinegar, butter.
- Fiskeboller: fish dumplings.
- Flæskesteg: roast pork.
- Frikadeller: meat balls.
- Kalvemedaljon: veal medallion.
- Millionbøf: gravy filled with tiny pieces of beef.
- Oksekød med Peberrod: boiled beef with horseradish.
- Spegesild med løgsovs: herring with onion sauce.
- Stegt Flæsk: fried bacon with potatoes and a parsley sauce
- Æbleflæsk: apple pork.
- Æggekage: beaten eggs cooked with butter or oil in a frying pan.
- Aebleskiver: Danish pancakes.
- Blommekage: Danish plum cake.
- Brunsviger: soft dough with thick brown sugar topping.
- Danish Pastry: a sweet pastry, similar to croissant.
- Hasselnødlagkage: Danish hazelnut cake.
- Kransekake: traditional Danish dessert, usually eaten on special occasions.
- Lys Frugtkage: white fruit cake.
- Mors æblekage: apple pie.
- Risalamande: rice pudding with almonds.
- Rødgrød: fruit pudding.
- Pizza: oven-baked disc-shaped bread topped with a tomato sauce, cheese and various toppings.
- Smørrebrød: open sandwich
- Æggesmørrebrød: egg sandwich.
- Falafel: a ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans.
- Hamburger: sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground meat placed inside a sliced bread roll.
- Hot Dog: sausage served in a sliced bun.
- Akvavit: spirit flavoured with spices and herbs.
- Carlsberg: beer.
- Eggnog: sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk or cream, sugar, beaten eggs and liquor.
- Gammel Dansk: bitters liquor.
- Glögg: wine, juice, spices and fruit.
- Kirsebælikør: traditional Danish cherry liqueur.
- Mjød: alcoholic beverage produced by fermenting a solution of honey and water.
- Punsch: alcoholic drink made of arrack, neutral spirits, sugar, water, and various flavorings.
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