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Jan 19, 2008 08:12 AM

Scandinavian style herring?

Since we were in the Scandinavian countries several years back, I have been trying to purchase Scandinavian style herring - very different from Vita, that's for sure! They have herring in a good light tomato sauce, also in curry sauce, and in mustard sauce, among other varieties. Haven't been able to find it anywhere - even tried Ikea with no luck.

Does anyone know where it can be purchased in Queens or on Long Island?

Thanks, Alice

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  1. they definitely had it at ikea on long island last time i was there, over in the cafe area. also, they have some of them at eurofoods in astoria on 31st street. also, in bayridge, there are a handful of scandinavian stores.

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    1. re: joekarten

      We bought the Ikea herring - definitely NOT what you get in Sweden or Denmark. I will definitely try the Nordic Delicacies below next time I get to that area of Brooklyn. Thanks.

      Nordic Delicacies is located in the heart of the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, at 6909 3rd Avenue just a few feet from the intersection or 3rd and Bay Ridge Avenues, midway between the Shore Road/Belt Parkway and the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

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      1. re: Peter B Wolf

        I second the Nordic Deli. They have great "stuff". They also do wonderful catering!

        1. re: Peter B Wolf

          Wow - that's great to know - thanks. I'm looking for a particular brand of Swedish anchovies and will check this out.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Are these the anchovies you're looking for? Were you able to find what you wanted? If anyone knows where to find Swedish Vasterbotten cheese I'd be grateful to hear about it (I've tried all the big cheese shops in the city, as well as Fairway and Whole Foods [who show it on their website, but not in stores]).

            1. re: bothrops_asper

              I found "my" Abba anchovies at the Nordic Deli and had a great time checking out the store. The tin did look different from the tin in your photo, but I hope they do the trick in my Jenssen's (sp?) Delight. Also bought the Abba cod roe pate and the salmon pate, some of the lefse (sp? - flat potato bread), lingonberry sauce (though readily available), and some head cheese. They had a number of Scandavian cheeses, but didn't notice any particular kinds - might be worth calling. We also stopped into Leske's bakery, but, frankly, it was a bit disappointing. They had bear claws and a nice looking Danish pastry ring, but nothing moved me to buy anything. It was busy though. Had fun walking around the neighborhood - lots of Middle Eastern markets, and also wondered how the Schnitzel Haus is.

          2. re: Peter B Wolf

            I'm going to head over to Nordic Delicacies today for the first time - wonderfing about the other Scandiavian places nearby - is there a bakery? Thanks!

            (keeping fingers crossed for some Abba anchovies)

            1. re: MMRuth

              Answering my own question after some more searching - Leske's Bakery

              Leske's Bakery
              7612 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

          3. Fairway, in Plainview, has a wide assortment of herrings.

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            1. re: budcar

              I have tried the herrings at Fairway - they are not what you get in Europe. Have not yet been to Nordic Delicacies yet.

              1. re: Bigbird

                They do carry Abba herring (in glass jars) at Fairway in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Same stuff that I ate in Finland. I have a couple of jars of Abba's herring in mustard sauce in my fridge right now.

                And since I received Finnish dark rye bread from the "Nordic Baker" just yesterday, I am a happy puppy.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    Hi Passadumkeq, sorry I did not respond earlier, I have been too busy (among others, entertaining Scandinavian house guests;-)), to log on here.

                    Mustaleipä (ruisleipä), yes. The only kind they are shipping at the moment, is "Reissumies", did you happen to eat those, while in Finland?. These are a bit larger than the ones sold in Finland, but they are tasty. I have been enjoying them for breakfast ever since I discovered this baker.

                    1. re: FoodWine

                      Loved it. And the huge round loaves of "wedding bread". My Finnish is not as good as it should be. I spoke Norwegian and could function in Swedish and Russian for Soviet TV. And a wife and little kids at home.....

                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                        Oh, I adore the huge "wedding bread" - häälimppu- loaves. Sooo good! I wish this baker would start making & shipping them, too. If you ever hear about someone that makes them (the Finnish way), let me know. I have even been entertaining the thought of baking some of my own, but it is such a long process...

                        Wow, I am impressed by your language skills! My husband speaks Finnish pretty well now, which I am grateful for; it makes a difference when your life partner speaks the language you grew up with, and understands nuances in your expressions. He also loves the silli and the mustaleipä, etc. but is not fond of Scandinavian Xmas food - it reminds him too much of typical Jewish holiday food ;-DDD.

                        1. re: FoodWine

                          Funny, Spanish and Portugease too and here I am in small town Maine. There is a sizable Finnish Maine. You can even buy hand made sauna stoves. I hope to begin building one behind our house near the pond this summer. Dancing at the Finish Farmer's Society in Monson ans the Finnish Heritage Society in Thomaston. A friend is very active in it. I know there is a Finnish bakery around Fitchberg, Mass.
                          In 2 weeks we'll be visiting one son in Costa Rica and in June, another in Korea!

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            In 18 days we will have a Swedish friend here for a week. Is there anything you would recommend I stock up on or surprise her with? I can bake.... but I don't think I will make a special trip into NYC for anything. Should I ask her what her comfort foods are? I know she likes my cooking OK, so in general I don't think it will be an issue.

                            1. re: Scargod

                              Fried mackerel is a sign of spring. Matjes herring in dill sauce on flat bread w/ butter and slices of boiled egg is a good breakfast. Poached salmon w/ boiled potatoes and dill. Swedish meatballs? But I think a Sede would appreciate copious amounts of beef. Everyone loves lobster(a giant crayfish for a Swede).

                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                OK, most of this is doable and sounds good. Especially the salmon and beef. Perhaps it's no surprise tha they liked my osso buco? Where am I going to find soused herring? I love pickled herring but have never tried or seen this kind.

                              2. re: Scargod

                                It is very thoughtful of you to want to surprise your guest with Swedish delights. I have one observation, though:
                                All the guests I have had visiting from Scandinavia, want to taste what is available here, and to try all kinds of different cuisines - preferably the kinds that are not so widely available where they live themselves.

                                If your guest does not live in Sweden, that's a different story...

                              3. re: Passadumkeg

                                double wow!

                                And thanks for the tips.

                1. What about a good Scandinavian sit-down meal in the outer boros? Any thoughts? I miss the old Nyborg Nilsson that used to be in the Citicorp (as it was then known) bldg. I can still taste the red current juice and the gravlax w/ dill sauce.

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                  1. re: chowhundius

                    I'd love any suggestions as well - haven't run across anything thus far.