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get stuck inNordic Ramen
When it rains, it pours. And when one Ramen joint opens in Copenhagen, another follows soon after. Probably because a noodle broth from Japan is the best thing to eat on rainy days. Yes, last issue we raved about Mikkeller’s venture Ramen to Bírru for its commitment to re-creating an authentic Japanese experience. But this month, we’re fans of a new pop-up restaurant for doing precisely the opposite.

Hrímnir Ramen, founded by scientist David Qvist, studies food sustainability with its Nordic brand of ramen, which is created with local and seasonal ingredients.

“It’s about telling the story of where our food comes from, supporting eating locally, and exploring ways to use food resources better,” says Qvist. “We want to use ramen as a microcosm to explore regional food identities.”

He says ramen was the perfect blank canvas. “Ramen originally came to Japan from China, then really took off in the country after World War II. It’s always had a tradition of regional innovation. So now we’re about cooking ramen in a way that reflects a time and place – in this case the Nordic region.”

There’s more than a few allusions to Nordic history, starting with its signature dish, the wild boar ramen.

“When a Viking warrior died he would go to Valhalla and feast on a wild boar that regenerated every day, cooked by a magical god-like Viking chef. ‘Hrímnir’ is an Old Norse word for something that is covered in char, the way boar is grilled. In the future we plan to get Japanese fire grills in.”

But can the place promise a magical god-like Viking chef?

Qvist laughs. “He comes from Japan where he worked as a head chef. I don’t know if he’s magic, he may be, he’s certainly very good.”

Hrimnir Ramen
Open Sundays and Mondays

Spisehuset
Slagtehuset 5C
1715 KBH V
hrimnir-ramen.dk

Sunshine Street Food
There are many harbingers of spring. The geese return, the tables outside restaurants swap snow for customers, and we gain 150 seconds of daylight each day. And, as the sun rises higher, its rays shine down on the city’s prime location for tasty treats – Copenhagen Street Food.

Opened in 2014, it serves as a gathering spot for the best Copenhagen has to offer when it comes to fast food – or rather good food made fast! The selection is wide, with 35 food stalls housed beneath its roof on Paper Island. The stalls represent a journey across the globe. Tuck into Turkish, Korean, Italian, Thai or even Colombian food, while sitting by the harbour and gazing across the water at the Royal Palace.

Even though the quality and taste is top notch, the prices won’t hurt your wallet. Included in its mandate is that street food should be available for the people. Therefore, each stall has to offer a dish priced between 50 and 75 kroner which, for a chicken satay, literally is peanuts.

So, it might not be spring quite yet, but as it fast approaches, there’s no better way to enjoy the changing of the seasons than by taking a stroll to Copenhagen Street Food to gobble up dumplings, Korean BBQ, or a cheese-filled panini. 

Copenhagen Street Food
Trangravsvej 14
1436 KBH K
copenhagenstreetfood.dk

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By Lena Rutkowski

Politics & Society Editor. Lena is a journalist and translator from Australia. lena.rutkowski@gmail.com @Lenarutski

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