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Helsinki's Unexplored Street Food Gems

Salmon Soup. Credit: Piqsels

Fins love their food, and when it comes to Helsinki's street food scene - it's exhilarating! The burgeoning trend of creating a vibrant and diverse street food scene that captivates locals and visitors alike is enchanting. Here's a peek at street foods you must try on your trip to Helsinki.

Karjalanpiirakka (Karelian Pasties)

Finnish tarts are a must-try. The Finnish pastries filled with rice porridge, mashed potatoes, carrots and rice make a delectable snack. Often eaten with a mixture of butter and hard-boiled egg placed on top of the tart, it's one street food to try, for those looking for a light meal. Some interesting facts: the name, karjalanpiirakka (means, "Karelian canoe",) refers to the shape of the tart and courses to southern Karelia, which is the place of origin of the recipe.

Finnish soups

While not a typical "street food," you can find vendors serving this hearty Finnish salmon soup (Lohikeitto). Guests can also look out for comfort food at some famous restaurants. It's a creamy and flavorful dish featuring salmon, potatoes, leeks, carrots, and dill. Yet another Finnish classic, pea soup (Hernekeitto), is often served with a dollop of mustard and a sprinkling of crispy bacon. It's a comforting and filling option.

Meat pie and grilled sausages

Try these savoury meat pies (Lihapiirakka) that are made with a thin crust and filled with a mixture of minced meat, rice, and spices. They are a popular choice for a quick, satisfying snack. Don't miss out on the lip-smacking Finnish sausages (Makkara), which are a staple at street food stalls and marketplaces. Enjoy them grilled and served with mustard, ketchup, and sometimes pickles or sauerkraut.

Salmiakki ice cream

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Ice cream lovers will undoubtedly love it, and it's one dessert that's lip-smacking and worth looking out for. Salmiakki is a traditional Finnish salty licorice, and you can find it incorporated into various desserts. The ice cream offers a unique sweet and salty flavour combination, adding to the exceptional taste.

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