Friday, October 13, 2006

Swede Dreams Are Made Of These...

I bet many of us actually visit Ikea specifically for their Swedish food but are too shy to admit it, preferring to use the furniture there as an excuse. Not me. I've had a craving for Ikea's meatballs for about two weeks and finally got to savour them today. I ordered ten meatballs for $5.80 (a 15-meatball portion is also available) and enjoyed every bit of it. Made of minced beef, pork and breadcrumbs, these ping-pong-sized meatballs guarantee satisfaction. It is served simply with boiled potatoes and ligonberry jam together with a light brown cream sauce. I don't know but there's just something so satisfying about the casual, no-frills Swedish fare served up at Ikea.

If you are trying to figure out just what ligonberry taste like, think of a cross between raspberry and cranberry. These berries grow in the Swedish forests and many people gather them during August to make their own homemade jams and sauces.

Another must eat item here is the Fried Chicken Wing ($2.60 for two and $6.90 for six). Golden-brown with super crispy skin and juicy flesh, it is one of the best chicken wings around. The marinate imparts a slight savoury-salty taste. I don't think it's anything Swedish but it'll sure make the Vikings proud.

Chew On This: If you stay in the east and like me, feel too lazy to travel to Ikea, you can satisfy your meatballs craving in the comfort of your own home. Just buy the stuff from the Ikea food shop the next time you are there and you'll have Swedish meatballs at your fingertips. Grab these: 400g Bottle of Ligonberry Jam ($5), 1kg Pack of frozen Swedish Meatballs($17.50) and 40g Packet of Meatball Sauce Powder ($2).

Ikea Cafe & Restaurant
2nd Floor
317 Alexandra Road

PS: I can't wait for Ikea to open their Tampines branch this year end.

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