Agriculture and Food Minister Sylvi Listhaug announced on Monday that the popular autumn meal known as fårikål, a boiled mixture of lamb and cabbage, was once again voted in as Norway’s national dish. Fårikål won 45 percent of the vote in a public opinion poll conducted for Listhaug’s ministry by research firm Ipsos.
The traditional lamb and cabbage stew was followed by kjøttkaker (ground meat patties), raspeballer (potato dumplings stuffed with salt pork and simmered) and pinnekjøtt (dried and salted lamb ribs that are moistened before being roasted in the oven).
Such traditional autumn and winter meals beat out the ubiquitous salmon that’s now eaten year-round and the loved and hated lutefisk, served mostly from October through Christmas.
Children’s tastes seemed far less ethnic, with the young vote going for tacos, pizza and kebab. Listhaug worried that their choices were a sign that Norwegian children don’t have the healthiest eating habits.
Fårikål, however, won the popular vote in all portions of Norway except along the West Coast, where pinnekjøtt reigned supreme.