The country with the unknown cuisine.

@thea09 (18327)
Greece
November 5, 2009 5:14am CST
There's a little talked about country out there which because of its neurtrality hasn't been involved in any wars over the last two centuries, although it did protest against the US led war in Iraq. It boasts one of the best standards of living anywhere and its only interest in world domination seems to be restricted to three areas. It is in fact famous mainly for three things it has exported across the world, a chocloate bar, furniture and a pop group. But go walk through any restaurant quarter in the world and I doubt you'll find this country represented. Its cuisine remains a well kept secret. Are the natives embarrassed by it? Is it too good to share? Have they attempted to export it onto the world stage? Which country could I possibly be referring to (don't read any answers before yours) and let's hear what you think they eat there.
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17 responses
• United States
5 Nov 09
Hi Thea, I have not read any other responses, and you have 12 as I am writing this, trust me it was hard not to peek. I would have to say it would be Sweden. I think that because of the IKEA furniture. I tried to think of the chocolate bar, but wasn't sure where Godiva came from, and pop group...no idea there. As for Swedish cuisine, didn't I read somewhere that they made Swedish meatballs? Well, that would only work if it is Sweden. Anyway, I also tried to think if I had ever heard of a Swedish restaurant and came up with nothing. I am dying of curiousity so I have to go read your other responses now.
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• United States
5 Nov 09
I thought it was ABBA! But way off on the chocolate.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi lina, so you know already that you were right I see. Yes no one got the DAIM bars, maybe it is only me who has to put up with being tormented about them daily by the Swede here. I've just pointed out somewhere else that Greece invented meatballs (keftethes). Anyway Loucs put a menu up now in box 2 and I've got a nice pork, potato and apple casserole simmering in the oven, prepared with fresh sage leaves, It sounds more inviting than either Greek or Swedish food.
@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
5 Nov 09
Thea, we call the meatballs "chiftele" here in Romania, which sounds so much like keftethes that I hold the Greek responsible for bringing them to Romania. Not that it would be a bad thing! Love meatballs! As long as they are not crammed with herbs and spices.
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• India
5 Nov 09
Hey there thea, you had given a lot of hints, so it was easy to find out the country.Did you see one thing people were telling about different chocloates, and different furnitures, but everybody was right about ABBA. Frankly telling as a Indian, I am not interested in your bland European foods. We always have hot and spicy foods, and if you people take such sort of foods, you will have a bad tummy ache for the next few weeks . The fact is I do not like even KFC, and prefer the local variety of fried chicken which is quite spicy. I always wonder why the Europeans always prefer such bland food. Look at Chicken Tikka Masala. I know that even thought this was invented by the British, you must come and taste our own Chicken Tikka Masala, which is quite hot and spicy, and not the sweet variety which is dished out in London restaurants.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi rameshkumaar, stop taunting me with Indian food, after Chinese dim sum it is my favourite and I adore spice which we don't get at all in Greek cooking. My stomach manages perfectly well with Indian food, no need for concern there, the only thing I wouldn't fancy is the savoury aspect of breakfasts. I also know the difference between real food and made for the British public versions. There were actually a lot of Indian restaurants in the area I lived in the UK as there was a large immigrant population there though many were from Bangladesh. I can never recall the name of my favourite dish as they only ever did it in one place and I haven't seen it recreated anywhere in years, it was a sauce which was both sour and hot having plenty of spice with lemon. Now the only time I get to eat Indian food is when I prepare it myself and it is nowhere near to the standard I would like. I do a good bindi bhaji but I would much prefer to taste a real Indian version. So what times dinner?
• India
6 Nov 09
'Bindi bhaji', wow, I never knew that Indian foods are so popular.Well of course I have not tasted bindi bhaji, the reason being that I do not like bindis heh, heh. We also have our own version of momos, the fried ones which are called samosas. This is basically a north Indian dish, which is taken with sweet and sour sauce. In south we have both the fried and boiled version of momos, which comes both in sweet and sour varieties. For breakfast you must try our best food export which is the South Indian, Idly, vada, sambar and chutney. This is a little bit spicy, but once you taste this, I can assure you that you will become addicted to it.There is also the Masala Dosa. Both these items are made from rice and lentils.
• United States
6 Nov 09
Hi Rames...you've never heard of texas chili? hotsauce? louisiana gumbo? they give one a hot mouth AND a stomach ache lol.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
5 Nov 09
Without looking at any previous responses,I'm coming up with Sweden as the Neutral Country being the source of the Furniture (Ikea) and the pop group (Abba),but am a bit confustered as to the chocolate bar...I'm only coming up with Swiss Chocolate being famous,And I've never heard of a Famous Swiss group or internationally known furniture outlet!As for the cuisine,isn't the Swedish Meatball very well known? Not something You might be able to start a franchise chain on,perhaps,but very tasty nonetheless!
@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
5 Nov 09
The chocolate is why I guessed Switzerland.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
5 Nov 09
mmmmmmmm..chocolate
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
DAIM bars of course. And thanks but I've now seen Fjarils photo of a meatball sandwich[em]thumbdown[/em I don't know how they can claim to invent the meatball when the Greeks obviously did it first with keftedes.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
5 Nov 09
Off the bat I would suggest that the country is Switzerland but then I do not know that they have a pop group. Oh sod, it is 8 am and I need some coffee. If I think of anything later then I will join in this discussion. I honestly do not know. and you told me not to peep so I didn't.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
5 Nov 09
Ask Dawn - she will know!
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi cynthiann, I don't need to ask Dawn, I already know, as did half of page one. You were way off the mark I'm afraid. Maybe IKEA would be a clue to keep you going
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Nov 09
Nope, I did not know. I didn't realize that Sweden was neutral...
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@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
5 Nov 09
Are we talking Sweden here? Don't they eat reindeer steaks or something? I seem to remember a great tv advert about 20 years ago for the Scandinavian Tourist Board with two cartoon reindeers speaking in a comic quasi-Swedsh accent, watching a couple of tourists. I suppose they eat bread and boring stuff like that. If it's anything like Norway, everything's very expensive, so what they can afford to eat probably isn't worth exporting.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi Sandra, can people please stop getting this right, I obviously gave too much away. They don't have to export their food but most countries do send a few restaurants abroad, I mean one can even get Mongolian restaurants in other countries. So you think reindeer, I'm sure the Sweede will be along later to clarify as he has been refusing to clarify the secrets of his homelands kitchens till now.
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@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I goofed and said Switzerland, so I am a wrong answer. However, since I live twelve miles from "Little Sweden USA" and I know about osstakaka, sil, lovely salads of unusual greens, ham with cherry sauce, and smorgas. Swedish meatballs of course. Potatoes. Hmm, I am hungry. The restaurant is not as good as it used to be, but I like going to The Swedish Crown.
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@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
6 Nov 09
I have the lingnonberry on my oostakaka, not like some who have the grape and milk mixture (yuck). At one time we had a Swedish chef at the Swedish Crown, and lovely coffee to linger over. Not so much anymore. The real name of the town is Lindsborg, and the King of Sweden has even visited. We have a Dala Horse factory, as well. My real background: Scots, Irish, English, German, French, Swede,Jewish, Welsh, and Choctaw (native American) also a claim to something called Black Dutch. I am a real melting pot, all by myself. Mostly German, I believe.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Nov 09
hi thea Sweden did protest against the war in Irq so I would say Sweden, I am thinking of Ikea and their line of swedish made furniture, but do not know the pop group. I am mostly' into classical music. I am betting from all the Swedes that I grew up with in S outh Dakota, that fish is placed high on their menus there.I am wondering if lutefisch is a Swedish dish, I know it is Scandinavian as we used to have this fish supper in the Lutheran church every winter. We did not belong to their church but in a small town most folks go to any social 'event that is around.oh yes and lingonberries,ugh and yuck, those I could have done without as a child.I haven't seen any since, and probably I did not miss them either. the fish I did like but since have learned it was prepared with lye water,now that makes me feel a bit queasy.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi Hatley, I must direct fjaril to your post as it will amuse him immensley as our resident Swede here. I don't follow pop either but I think the whole world must have heard of ABBA, the pop group. I know that logonberries are Swedish but don't believe I've ever come across one though you appear to be against them. The fish dish I am familiar with from Sweden is the rollmop herrings but haven't had one in years and wouldn't fancy one now thinking back on them. I'm sure fjaril will pop along for a chat and let you know about the lutefisch.
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@Louc74 (620)
5 Nov 09
Hmmm....got to be Sweden. Lindt chocolate, Ikea furniture, and the FAB ABBA! I have seen Swedish meatballs, but you're right - I'm struggling to think of any other Swedish foods!
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi Louc, you weren't meant to reveal the answer if you know it but totally wrong on the chocolate in mind, even if it does come from there which I'm not s wure about. This discussion is to wind up one of my friends who failed to post the discussion I've repeatedly told him to do on his national cuisine. I mean, I'm curious, most countries do have restaurants somewhere else after all.
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@Louc74 (620)
5 Nov 09
Oops! Awww sorry Thea! Lol! I thought you wanted answers! The chocolate's bugging me now! Is it Marabou?
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@Louc74 (620)
5 Nov 09
Ok - I'm now cheating because it's annoying me! Lol! There's one Swedish restaurant in London that I found. It has a menu, but I won't tell what's on it if you don't want me to! :D
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
5 Nov 09
Right.. I saw Sweden, so Sweden it is then.. . Where all the beautiful ladies are... .. kidding. You are right; I don't know the cuisine there. Why is it a well kept secret, I wonder.. hmmmm. I've never been there, maybe someday I will.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Zed you are bad.I said in the intro don't look at the other answers, this could have been a fun one if people were coming up with lots of obscure countries and it was done with someone in mind. The Sweedish women indeed are famous for being beautiful and not wearing any clothes which is confusing considering the climate there. I have been demanding to know what they eat their but our Sweedish friend here has only revealed the odd snippet, and believe me so far they have been very odd. But you dear Zed live in one of the most international centres of the world so do you have a restaurant from there there?
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
5 Nov 09
Hehhehe..oops, I did it again! Sorry, Thea.. Ah, the blonde beauties, you mean? Well, for in my country, we have cuisines here definitely. Southeast Asian dishes aplenty, my favorite is Indian cuisine, super yummy! And Malay ones too.... I think I like soups when it comes to Chinese dishes, but I mix it up with Indian and Malay style. Awesome..
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Stop it Zed, we have a choice between Greek, Greek or Greek. I would kill for a bowl of hot and sour soup with tofu and prawns.
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• Australia
5 Nov 09
Sweden? Toblerone, Ikea, Abba. What do they eat? Well, let's go visit Leif and find out! They eat tomatoes with coconut creme don't they?
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
That's really not playing fair cloudwatcher, giving the game away so early. But the chocolate is wrong. I've been threatening Leif that if he didn't put up his own discsussion about the mysteries of their eating habits I would. He'll get a nasty suprise when he signs in, or a nice one. I hope no one reads your answer or this is going to be a very dull discussion.
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• Australia
5 Nov 09
I'm sorry, but what was I supposed to do? Toblerone is Swedish, isn't it?
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
I don't know, pretend you didn't know. I did exactly the same on one of Wmrauls puzzles ones on a vegetable, I responded straight away with the right answer in box 3 and then kicked myslelf realising I could have ended it quickly for him. HE pm'd to say of course it was right but he'd just skip over it, and even asked me to help out with the rest of the responses. Luckily no one read my ignored answer and everyone went on to have lots of fun getting it completely wrong. I have no idea if toblerone comes from this unknown country but Leif knows which bar I'm speaking of, he's popping round later via helicopter and donkey to drop some off.
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
5 Nov 09
I respond your discussions from the notifications I get in my e-mail inbox, so I never read the responses above mine before posting my own response. I'm quite sure the country is Sweden - I have no idea what the chocolate bar is, but I recognize the high living standard, the furniture (such as Ikea) and the ABBA pop group. I don't know much about their cuisine either. The only things in my mind right now connected to Swedish food are the Swedish meatball and the Swedish buffet. Considering Sweden is a Scandinavian country, I expect them to be very skilled in preparing meat and fish.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi stvasile,now I was hoping you'd come along as I wanted to ask your opinion about dill. Apparently Swedish food is packed with the stuff and knowing your herb aversion I wondered how it rated. I stated I hated dill but now think I actally may be confusing it with another herb, but most definitely not oregano which I know for sure I loathe. Box 2 came up with a menu of Swedish foods for those of us kept in the dark by our Swedish friend. Rollmop herrings are a favourite of theirs. The chocolate bar is the DAIM bar which we sadly lack over here.
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
5 Nov 09
Never heard of DAIM chocolate bars, but I'm good with the dill! I fight alongside the dill forests in our garden in the war we wage against my mother and her forests of parsley . From my experience dill is more prolific than parsley - it grows all over the place doing a wonderful job in spreading its seeds by itself. My mother uses dill especially when cooking cabbage, but also in meatballs sometimes. I've seen the menu, and the rollmop herrings confirm my suspicion of fish importance in Swedish cuisine.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Well I'm pretty sure now that I confused dill with something else which luckily we don't have over here, unless dill is an extremely thin grass stalk like thing, in which case they cut it up very small here and ruin salads with it. But no one ever knows what it is actually named here. When IKEA comes to Romania you too will be able to taste DAIM bars, they are completely wonderful but as I say, we don't get them here either, but most other countries do.
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@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
5 Nov 09
Running out the dooor to work...but had to stop and answer this one...dear thea...MY HOMELANDSWEDEN! Just a wild guess, as I just told you that all my notifications come in my Outlook Express...and that's where I am responding! Has to be Sweden....Chocolate Bar...SKOR! Furniture...IKEA! POP GROUP...ABBA! And guess where the original smorgasbord came from....oh, those roll mops! Now, you see I come by my peace-loving nature inherantly! HUGZ & Skol!
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@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Lutfisk!!!
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• Canada
5 Nov 09
P.S. We do have a famous libation, too...care to guess?
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi Shirley, so you are actually of Swedish origin then, fascinating. You still got the chocolate bar wrong, although of course you may be right, but it is not the one I meant, which is the famous DAIM bar which Fjaril torments me about daily even though he knows I can't get them out here and adore them. It is years since I ate a rollmop. You must return and fill us in on the contents of a smorgasbord, as apart from said rollmops the rest of the bord remains a mystery. Tell me, are you partial to one of Fjails favourite dishes of pasta with cocounut milk and tomatoes, I think it sounds perfectly foul.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I have no idea thea what country u are talking about. I am not as worldly as u as u wel know.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi Aunty, well the answer has been repeatedly revealed so I may as well let you into it. It is Sweeden, with its IKEA furniture, its delicious DAIM bars, and ABBA. Actually I posted this to amuse our friend Fjaril and it did the trick, but I still have no idea what they eat over there apart from meatballs and chocolate. They have something called a smorgsboard but I'm not sure what goes on it. If he doesn't clear up this matter soon I will simply label it the nation of herring eaters (that's the raw rollmop herrings).
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Thanks for the info. As long as u had fun w/it , that's the main thing. I bet they have really good food ther. Why is it such a mystery?
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
It is a mystery no longer Aunty, Louc in box 2 has posted a Swedish menu from a place in the UK. And Fjaril has posted a picture of one of their sandwiches. Apparently it contains a lot of dill which in my view is on the same par as oregano - inedible.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Nov 09
Switzerland? But if so, you forgot the cheese...
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Ah ha,I see you already know that you got it wrong. Actually I just asked my son this and after a few attempt he gave up in it and when the answer was revealed he said he wouldn't have got it. I suppose most countries are famed by the wars they are involved in rather than not.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Nov 09
I couldn't think of a Swiss group but then I couldn't think of a Swedish chocolate either. Clearly I need to come back on over to Europe and discover some new things. I'm gonna wait until it warms up again though!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
5 Nov 09
oh yeah PS we do have Swedish smorgasbords over here, does that count as cuisine?
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@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I am pretty certain that you speak of Switzerland. I would guess their cuising would involve lots of dairy products, and chocolate, of course.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi Gerty, completly wrong but you already know that But you're actually close by to a Swedish community I presume if the town is called Little Sweeden. I've never heard of ham with cherries before I must say. I hope you are going to enlighten us with the contents of a smorsgsboard as Fjaril is still determind to keep it secret.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
6 Nov 09
Thea,I'm sure You know that Pork traditionally comes along with apple sauce as an accompaniment,and the Hawaiian Pizza with ham,Cheese and pineapple is WIN..I've yet to sample cherries as the side order,but I do love eating fresh cherries in season..I'd like to give this a try!
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@GardenGerty (102494)
• United States
7 Nov 09
I like ligonberries, and cranberries. I like good food, where ever it originates.
• United States
5 Nov 09
I'm thinking Switzerland, let's see who agrees...
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• United States
5 Nov 09
Dang, Sweden was my second guess... oh well. No gold star for me today.
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@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
5 Nov 09
Hi misskatpegasus, you must have peeked, you weren't supposed to. I'm not sure what Switzerland is famous for beyond chocolate and banks, unless perhaps the Heidi books were set there.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
6 Nov 09
A pop group? Are we talking soda or singers? A band? Sweden would be my guess, and as for what they eat, I don't really know. Chocolate? Swedish meat balls? Cheese? Goat's milk? Meat? Veggies and fruit? Yummy pastries? I'll read on lol. Karen
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
6 Nov 09
I never once said it was suggestive, but you do have a photo of a bottle of gloop and I pictured you on one knee with camera singing to it whilst you snapped.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
8 Nov 09
With the olives - ah yes, I must put a discussion up about the olive picking, it officially starts tomorrow.
@finlander60 (1775)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Sweden is the right answer. Jansen's Temptation comes to my mind. Has anyone here ever been to a smorgasbord? If they have, they won't soon forget it. My guess on the chocolate would be Skor bar. Furniture would be IKEA. Pop group would be ABBA.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
15 Nov 09
Hi finlander, well I think Gerty already revealed your neighbouring Swedish area and your regualar smorgasobords. We have now all discovered that the chocolate which I was talking about was DAIM bars which are exactly the same thing as SKOR bars, and still unotainable here, though I did manage to get choclolate covered marzipan yesterday.