(Stockholm) Street Food – Nystekt Strömming
I want to share you on one of my place-to-visit if you want to have a trip to the capital town of Sweden, Stockholm.
As I mentioned for many times, fish is one ingredients that is abundant to find in Nordic country. But, the thing you have to know: The fishes are caught from Baltic Sea. Baltic Sea is known for its low salt content. So… yes, the fish is close to freshwater fish in term of flavor. One of the fish commodity you can find here is herring. You can smoke it, grill it, pickle it, or even serve it… as the infamous Swedish surströmming. But, this time… I’ll talk to you about Stekt Strömming (it’s Swedish of ‘fried herring’). The herring is filleted flesh to flesh with skin out, seasoned with fresh dill, and covered with breadcrumbs before fried in pan. Normally, you can eat it with mashed potato and vegetables.
Or you can put it into more awesome dishes! Like as served in here… in the market square in front of Slussen Metro Station, Stockholm.
The food truck: Nystekt Strömming
Nystekt Strömming (it’s Swedish for ‘freshly fried herring’) is a local food truck you can find in Slussen area in Stockholm. It’s known for its stekt strömming (obviously!) and its various ways to eat it!
The herring being fried in flat pan (click to enlarge).
And stored under heat lamp.
Then how do you like it to serve for you?
Herring Roll (SE: Strömmingsrulle) is rolled stekt strömming inside lefse (Norwegian flat bread) with mashed potato, ‘creme fraiche’ salad (cabbage and carrot, mixed with creamy mayo), red onion, lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, leek, and chopped fresh parsley. This thing contains tons of carbos, so I must to say that you’ll be (normally) get full after you have one.
Herring Burger (SE: Strömmingsburgare) is… well… as it name. Burger of stekt strömming with iceberg lettuce, ‘creme fraiche’ salad, red onion, and chopped fresh parsley. For everyone who love fish burger, throw those from your fast food chains… this is the real deal!
You can also eat it in ‘proper’ way! Here: Freshly fried herring with mashed potato (SE: Nystekt strömming med hemlagat potatismos)
Nordic version (with lingonberry jam, shaved raw carrots, and sliced beetroot)
My version (with sliced cucumber pickles, chopped iceberg lettuce, and dill mayonnaise)
In default, the meal has three pieces of strekt strömming with chopped parsley on top, mashed potato, and Swedish crispy bread (SE: knäckerbröd). They will ask you to choose three additional topping to add from this list:
- Sliced pickled cucumber
- Red onion (chopped)
- ‘Creme fraiche’ salad
- Iceberg lettuce (chopped)
- Shaved carrots
- Dill mayonnaise
- Sliced beetroot
- Remoulade (a French condiment, I think it’s aioli)
- Garlic sauce
- Lingonberry jam
To let you know, this is best for main dish if you want to stay and stuff your stomach as the roll is for you if you want to be mobile.
Last but not least, you can buy this for light meal…
Knäckis is stekt strömming served on top of Swedish knäckerbröd, then topped with sliced pickled cucumber, chopped red onion, and chopped parsley. This can be eaten as light snack. You’ll enjoy the crispiness of the bread and herring and the freshness of the veggies.
The place can be easily recognisable if you go out from the Slussen Metro Station from the way where you go upstairs by the stairs, instead of the one in the end with escalator. Once you walk the stairs, you’ll see Pressbyrån (the convenient store) on your right near the exit. Go forward from the exit to the market square and you’ll see this food truck.
Special thanks to Demi (now in Copenhagen, Denmark for his Ph.D program) and Mirna (now in Uppsala, Sweden for her M.Sc program), my good friends, colleagues, and fellow alumni of School of Life Science and Technology, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Indonesia who accompanied me for my Stockholm trip!
Sodermalmstorg 1, 11645 Stockholm, Sweden.
Opening hour: 10:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Price range: SEK 35.00-75.00
Price of selected dish:
- Knäckis: SEK 35.00
- Strömmingsburgare: SEK 55.00
- Strömmingsrulle: SEK 75.00
- Nystekt strömming med hemlagat potatismos: SEK 75.00
- Water: SEK 0.00
- The opening hour above may change occasionally.
- The tables are not equipped with umbrellas, in case of raining, go to the side of the truck where the place is sheltered by the truck shady roof.
- The water is free of charge.
- Throw your food plates, utensils, and plastic glass in the available garbage bin before you left