I’ve lived in Denmark for about three and a half years now, and I currently have no plans of moving back to Germany in the near future (sorry, Mama!). I love many things about Denmark and Copenhagen, and as you can tell, the incredible food and restaurant scene is one of them.
But as I’m sure all expats will agree, there are some foods from “back home” that we grew up with, that were our favorite dish when we were little, or that were staples in our pantry or fridge that we simply can’t get our hands on in our new country. For Australians, it might be Vegemite, for Americans marshmallow fluff - whatever it is for you, you know the feeling of absolutely missing it. Of course, we learn to adapt and work with what we have. We google replacements. We attempt to make our own. We accept the fact that maybe some things we can only eat when we go back home.
Many big supermarkets here in Copenhagen, like SuperBrugsen and the huge Bilka at Fields, have shelves full of “international” items. That includes your typical TexMex items and pancake mix, but also real, imported goods from e.g. England, Mexico, and of course America. Unfortunately, the German cuisine seems way less popular, so I haven’t been able to find any typical German foods anywhere.
This past Christmas, though, we took advantage of our new car and actually drove down to Germany. In addition to being unexpectedly hassle-free, this also gave me the unique chance to hit the grocery store and pack a box full of items that I’d been dying to eat. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about grocery shopping!
What I brought home to Copenhagen is a funny mix of things - most of which I never would have guessed I’d miss, and which I probably only very rarely had in my pantry when I still lived in Germany. Life is funny that way. So, here’s what I brought back!
So, there you have it - the German foods I didn’t know I couldn’t live without! If you know of any place that sells any of these in Denmark, please let me know and you will be guaranteed my eternal gratitude.
I’m curious: what foods do you miss having in your pantry? Are they typical for your home country, or rather random, like my list? Share in the comments below!