This incredibly tender and flavourful steak meat is a staple in most restaurants. At Hereford Beefstouw in Hotel Hans Egede in Nuuk, a 225 g reindeer mignon graces the menu and will not leave you hungry.
It’s also a standby in Greenlandic homes as men and women both – even youth – go on private reindeer hunting trips throughout autumn to fill the freezer with steaks, ground meat, ribs and all the good cuts typically found from beef.
Souvenir tip: Any gastronome would love the cookbook ‘Reindeer: from the mountains to the pan’ that tells the story of Greenlandic subsistence hunting. Of course, delicious recipes are highlighted, too. It is sold at the Kangerlussuaq Airport gift shop as well as at Atuagkat bookstore in Nuuk.
All Greenlandic lamb comes from the farms that dot South Greenland, and when you bite into its juicy meat – preferably seasoned with rosemary and Arctic thyme and then slow-roasted – you are tasting a unique delicacy.
There is only one Inuit farm country in Greenland, and it – together with the ruins of the Norse culture – were recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Watch Life of Sheep Farmers to see this world heritage in action.
Souvenir tip: Greenlanders have always been resourceful, using every part of an animal for everything from food to clothing. Find hanks of Greenlandic sheep’s wool in Tupilak Travel’s souvenir shop in Nuuk and turn them into your next snowed-in knitting project.
Not to be confused with trout or even Arctic char, the Greenlandic salmon (called kapisilik) can only be enjoyed in Greenland. No exports for this fish. It is wonderfully fatty and delicious as both filet or steak, albeit elusive. It is not every day one finds Greenlandic salmon on the menu or at the market, so if you do see it as the Catch of the Day, jump at the chance to taste it!
The perfect night cap to any festive affair – be that in a lodge in the fjord or at the country’s finest table – is this dangerlously yummy mixture of whisky, Kahlua, Grand Marnier and whipped cream. And oh, a spot of coffee.
From disreputable dive bars to fancy places all along the coast, you can find this warm cocktail. Everyone has their own take on the story about what the different ingredients represent, but it is always a fantastic show no matter what. Order one, and you’ll see what we mean.
Take-home tip: There’s no duty-free box set yet, so for now you will have to mix your own, if you want to continue enjoying this adult beverage at home. Make sure you get the recipe from your server!