Matt Carlson

Lutefisk, Norway

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This
traditional Norwegian dish is made from air-dried or salted whitefish and lye,
the corrosive alkaline used in oven cleaners and drain openers. The trick to
making a decent lutefisk is to incubate the fish in the lye solution for
just the right amount of time that the fish fats don’t turn into soap. It’s
ready when it has a jelly-like consistency—and smells awful. In 2008, more than
3,000 tons of lutefisk were snatched from Norwegian shelves.

World's Strangest National Dishes

Lutefisk, Norway

This
traditional Norwegian dish is made from air-dried or salted whitefish and lye,
the corrosive alkaline used in oven cleaners and drain openers. The trick to
making a decent lutefisk is to incubate the fish in the lye solution for
just the right amount of time that the fish fats don’t turn into soap. It’s
ready when it has a jelly-like consistency—and smells awful. In 2008, more than
3,000 tons of lutefisk were snatched from Norwegian shelves.

Matt Carlson

World's Strangest National Dishes

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