Every country has its own specialities. Perhaps Danish food is totally different from what you are used to, but food may just be one of the most exciting experiences you can have in a foreign country.
Most foreigners love Danish food and our Rotary exchange students have often gained some weight before their return home! They think we eat well, substantially and generously. It shouldn't take long to appreciate the dark rye bread which is eaten with different kinds of meat; cheese etc. and you will enjoy the hot evening meals. These often consist of meat, white potatoes and sauce. Fish is enjoyed by nearly all Danish families.
The way of eating can also be different. The wisest thing for you to do is to watch how other people do it - and then do it in the same way. After all, you have come to Denmark to live like a Dane. As the saying goes: When in Rome, do as the Romans do! We have had few Rotary exchange students who would only eat hot-dogs and refused to leave their rooms to join the family at the dining table. These are the type of exchange students who should not have left home as they were not mature enough to be visitors to another country.
You can look forward to Danish food. It is delicious, well prepared and wholesome. It is not too spicy, but is solid and rich with a high calorific value. At many places you will undoubtedly be offered beer, a glass of wine or even stronger drinks. You can always decline and ask for something else.
The Danish "Frikadelle" (rissole) is a national dish served with potatoes, preserved sour vegetables and thick brown sauce.
The first recipes of this delicious dish is dated back to 1837, but the name "Frikadelle" (pure pork) is already recorded in the beginning of the 16th century.
In a cookbook from 1648 a similar "Frikadelle" dish is mentioned.
The Danes love their "Frikadelle" and eat the meal all year round as a main traditional dish.
Frikadelle is the Danes favourite dish of them all.