Although not famous for its food, Greenland is beginning to get attention because of a small group of chefs eager to make use of the country's resources. They are exploring the boundaries and searching out their own versions of perfection with native products.
At a restaurant known as The Rowing Club on the edge of Kangerlussuaq, chef Kim Ernst prepares musk ox he buys from local hunters. A typical appetizer in his restaurant might consist of lightly smoked reindeer meat, served next to tiny local shrimp and scallops. Though simple, each of the products shines on its own.
The restaurant sits on the edge of a lake so pure that it provides drinking water for the town below, and Ernst and his three-person crew welcome 300 to 400 guests a week.
Up the west coast in Ilulissat, classical training and local ingredients come into play.
Although the ingredients can seem odd at first to outsiders, the results can be spectacular, such as at the new Restaurant Mamartut, run by Danish chef Kim Pederson.
His spectacular appetizers include whale carpaccio with capers, angelica and parmesan shavings, and mattaq -- deep-fried whale skin over a sorbet made with a lemon-flavored plant.
At the Hotel Arctic, which has igloos that are reported to be a favorite of Icelandic singer Bjork, icebergs provide the dramatic backdrop for Danish chef Michael Mortensen's Restaurant Ulo.
Mortensen was one of the chefs who prepared the sumptuous food in the film Babette's Feast. He brings his mastery of European techniques to some of Greenland's native products.
For example, his reindeer filet in blackberry sauce is a stunning example of local product cooked to perfection. (AFP)
1. Greenland ...
a. is famous for its food.
b. has a very warm climate.
c. has musk oxen.
2. What are these chefs trying to do?
a. Bring over more food from Europe.
b. Use local food to make delicious dishes.
c. Open more restaurants.
3. Where is Restaurant Ulo?
a. At the Hotel Arctic.
b. On a glacier.
c. On the edge of a lake.
4. What has Mortensen done before?
a. Hunted musk oxen.
b. Prepared food for a movie.
c. Caught halibut.
Kangerlussuaq 外圍一家名為 The Rowing Club 的餐廳內，主廚金*恩斯特向當地獵人購買麝香牛來備食。恩斯特的餐廳內，標準的開胃菜是稍微煙燻過的馴鹿肉，搭配當地的蝦米干貝。雖是簡單，卻各有獨特風格。
對外來者來說，這些食材乍聽之下或許有點古怪，但融合激盪的火花卻令人驚奇，丹麥廚師金*佩德森所經營的新餐廳 Restaurant Mamartut 便是一例。
他驚奇的開胃菜包括生鯨肉薄片搭配酸豆、歐白芷和巴拿馬乾酪削片，以及「mattaq」 -- 以檸檬草製成的雪酪，上面覆蓋酥炸鯨魚皮。
旅館 Hotel Arctic 的冰屋據說是冰島歌手碧玉的最愛，冰山為丹麥廚師麥克*莫坦森的餐廳 Restaurant Ulo 提供張力十足的背景。