Translation:Eating fermented herring makes me thirsty.
In Norrbotten (North Sweden) they eat it once a year, they gather to enjoy all together of such a delightful delicatessen from Gods. They generally mix it with all kind of breads, potatoes and whatever to hide the taste of this appreciated fish. The wiser eat a lot before the event and then get away by saying that they are already full and so on... (classic strategy) I have tried it once ( the bare fish ). Certainly it was an appalling, abhorrent horrible experience but it was quite funny. I recommend all you to give it a try ;)
Imagine that you eat a rotten fish in a public toilet with many worn sock all around the place :D I tried it once. Words cannot describe the smell :)
This description is quite apt. It's terrible. But it's also hilarious to see people try to eat it.
It tastes like a regular herring but a little bit more bitter. I did not try it on it's own, it was wrapped in tortilla with almond potato, onions, creme fraiche and something else I cannot remember now. It is more about the smell and not the taste.
Hopefully there are some people from the north who can explain it to you. I guess that eating outdoors makes it more bearable :).
I've seen it in a Hemskop in Lund, so someone in Skåne must eat it :)
That should of course be Hemköp, but i cant edit on the mobile version
I think the 'once in a lifetime' is very common :D
Edit: at least in the southern half.
Where I lived there's a kind of surstromming holiday once a year. It's good if you have a small piece, but generally there's a big feast with all kinds of other food as well. It does help to eat it outside, and definitely, no matter what, open the can outside!
This type of discussion is what is great about Duolingo - what we need to reduce are the discussions about semi relevant grammar points that have already been covered dozens of times on previous threads. Keep up the good work.
Or have links to those available threads without having to ask the questions, eh?
It's true – or if it isn't, it should be: the cans can explode. There won't be a big explosion or anything but the smelly stuff will get out and could probably ruin the whole cargo. I wouldn't want my luggage to travel together with surströmming cans.
Bans can go further than that, in my student flat it was in the contract that we were forbidden from opening cans of surströmming on the premises!
Apparently they'd had a lot of international students do that in the past and they really struggled to get rid of the smell.
I just got through eating four surströmming fish and some roe. It was tasty. Not something I would want to eat often, but I enjoyed it.
The smell, especially when opening the can, is pretty powerful, even outdoors. It's not the worst smell I've ever smelt, but it is no perfume. I'm staying with a friend in Sweden, and her boyfriend regularly eats it, so I had a guide on doing it right. She, unfortunately, is extremely sensitive to the smell, and so we've temporarily abandoned the house with the windows open. I feel badly for her. I wonder if there is a genetic bases to how offensive the smell is to people.
Alright, so we're at McDonald's so my friend can eat something. She said being in the car with us was horrible. Now that we're inside I can smell in on my clothes. I never got any juices on me, so I guess the smell permiates. I guess I'll be hanging them outside tonight!
I'm really looking forward to try surströmming in some weeks! At least it will be an experience. (When I bought "falukorv" last summer, I felt everybody was looking at me...)
Way back when, it was a necessity to preserve fish to get thru the harsh winters. Some people still enjoy it.
I saw this video of Americans trying surstromming for the first time on BuzzFeed, and it seemed to make them sick more than it made them thirsty. :) My cousin said their very first mistake was opening it indoors. :) I'd like to try it just to say I have.
'In 1981, a German landlord evicted a tenant without notice after the tenant spread surströmming brine in the apartment building's stairwell (Treppenhaus). When the landlord was taken to court, the court ruled that the termination was justified when the landlord's party demonstrated their case by opening a can inside the courtroom. The court concluded that it "had convinced itself that the disgusting smell of the fish brine far exceeded the degree that fellow-tenants in the building could be expected to tolerate".'
No. Rot is for bad or inedible foodstuffs, fermentation for edible ones.
(And please, no puns about the edibility of surströmming. I don't like it either but it is food in a way many other forms of rotting food wouldn't be.)
Fermentation and rot are different things. Eating rotten things might kill you, but eating fermented things is quite good for you. Almost all cultures have some type of fermented food.
Is surtrömming also an accepted translation here? Haven't tried it to use it, but I was just wondering.
Surströmming has a small following. My dad liked it men han var föd i sverige. There are scandinavian specialty stores on line where you can find. Inlagd sill is totally different. You can get at IKEA, along with senapsill, gaffelbitar, etc
As long as the IKEA has a food store, they should have inlagd sill. On a piece of knäckebröd, yum. I like the senapsill better.
I was thinking of picking some up at one of my too frequent Ikea trips. Having read this thread I might pass.
I'm pretty sure this is what is known in England as a "rollmop". The translation "fermented herring" threw me a bit. BTW, rollmops aregreat!
Nope, surströmming isn't like rollmops at all. It's a traditional northern Swedish specialty, herring which has been fermented for six months or so. It has a very strong smell so it has to be eaten outdoors. Read more in the links:
Rollmops are just pickled, not fermented. Pickled herring is very popular in Sweden, but that's inlagd sill. The difference is very noticeable for anyone with any sense of smell at all.
Some dudes in Brazil made a video of themselves trying to eat it, and right after they opened the can, a lot of flies showed up where they were (at a square) and they couldn't bear the strong smell (I think the warm weather also made it worse), They tried to eat a little bit of it with bread but it didn't work for them.
As an Englishman with no sense of taste, I have never heard of surströmming - but it seems I haven't missed much!
No, you really didn't miss anything! It's just extremely stinky and salty rotten herring. Literally rotten. They call it fermented, though. ;)
The old Romans used lead in their plumbing and aqueducts, which slowly caused mild cases of lead poisoning in the population. This basically kills off tastebuds, which - according to one popular theory - is the reason for the outrageous food combinations of the time.
I am reasonably certain they wouldn't eat surströmming despite that.
English can say "eating ..." or "to eat ..." here, but the former is much more idiomatic. However, Swedish doesn't have a continuous tense, so both correspond to just att äta, and the att serves the same purpose as the "to" in the English "to eat". :)
No, Swedish doesn't really have the gerund in that way. Remember, we don't make a difference between "I eat" and "I'm eating", since we can't say the latter.