I grew up in Hong Kong where there was no shortage of live lobster or swimming fishes in the market. I always have a strong craving for fresh seafood of any kind. Whenever I visit a coastal city, I will dig into the fish market or seafood restaurant. And, Reykjavik did not disappoint.
DIY PACKED LUNCH – SALMON WRAPS
There are many tours around Reykjavik. However, there aren’t many good choices for lunch while you are on the road – cafeteria food or prepackaged foods seem to be the only two options. I hate the idea. And, I think it would be a waste NOT to take advantage of the abundant seafood resources in Iceland.
I got a smoked salmon from Sunday flea market. The surprise was: it came as a WHOLE with the skin on. Thanks to the fully-equipped kitchenette in the rented apartment, I managed to peel the skin off and slice it up.
The next challenge was the salad dressing. It didn’t make sense to buy ready-to-go salad dressing for one-time use. I looked at what we had and BINGO! I used some very simple ingredients – orange, cherry tomatoes and olive oil – to make MegaFoodie Kitchen’s first DIY salad dressing!
Then, it was easy. I put the salad on top of the sliced salmon and then roll it up! The texture and flavour of the salmon slices were so rich! I doubt I would now find smoked salmon back home tasteless. The orange zest salad added nice acidity. The only regret I had was I didn’t put some almonds in there! This was my idea of an elegant yet a simple DIY packed lunch! Very proud!
And, I could not just throw away the skin. Grilled them in high-heat. Added salt and pepper. That turned out to be another great snack for our happy hours!
FRESH FRESH FRESH
No foodie can leave Iceland without trying out a seafood restaurant. I tried a few but the one I really like was found in the Reykjavik harbour. It is not a fancy restaurant, more like a casual diner. The restaurant has some seats at the front, possibly catering for the needs of those patrons who are in a rush. Since I had a very relaxed schedule, I decided to sit at the back of the restaurant instead. And, it turned out to be the right decision as the setting and decorations made me feel like I was eating in a cabin!
The signature dish at the restaurant is the lobster soup. If you are looking for the creaminess of a lobster bisque, you probably won’t like it. It was as salty as you could find in most Icelandic soups. No complaints. All I was looking for was the freshness of live lobster. And, that exactly what I got!
And, the restaurant also served all kinds of fish skewers. My favourite was the catfish! When I had my first bite, the juices literally exploded in my mouth! Not much seasoning was needed. Just some salts will suffice! That’s the beauty of fresh ocean seafood!