Friday, November 6, 2015

One of Finland's top chefs lists his five
favorite meals.
(And no, reindeer didn't make the cut.)
Chef Richard McCormick is literally the driving force behind Helsinki's
street food scene—he parks his pink food truck on the city's streets and
at festivals and events, where he serves up creative, and unexpected, fare.
a recent stop at Helsinki's Flow Festival he served hot-smoked rainbow trout
dotted with chanterelle mushrooms (a vegan version made with beets was also
available); seasonal pickles in pear vinaigrette; apple salad with horseradish
crème fraîche; and parsnip chips—not your standard festival food by any
McCormick experiments with his food-truck offerings before incorporating the
dishes into one of his many cookbooks, catering jobs, or onto the menu at his
ever-expanding restaurant empire, which includes two of the Finnish
capital's hottest restaurants, Sandro and the Cock.
Here the chef, world traveler, and entrepreneur shares his favorite spots to
grab a bite in Helsinki (when you're not eating at his own restaurants, of
course): Breakfast: Story "I don't often have time to eat breakfast,
but when I do it has to be the barley porridge or smoothie bowls at Story.
porridge is cooked in an old-fashioned style in the oven, so it's super
thick and creamy and served with fresh berries." Lunch: Hoku "The
teriyaki salmon at Hoku comes with many components that include both raw and
cooked ingredients: a fresh cabbage salad, cucumber slaw, pickles.
is super simple, and the different Asian flavors come together perfectly."
Dinner: Tori "One of the most traditional meals you can have in Finland
(or Sweden) is meatballs and mashed potatoes at Tori.
Comfort food that
reminds me of my grandma's cooking.
You have to eat this dish with loads of
lingonberry jam." Anytime: Puttes Bar & Pizza "Puttes has one of
the best pizzas in town, plus a cool, arts-club atmosphere.
All of the cheese
used for the quattro formaggi pizza is made locally in Finland." Dessert:
Cafe Kokko "The Snickers cake at Kokko is raw, vegan, and gluten-free
cake; it's made of peanuts, banana, and lots of other good stuff.
It tastes
like a Snickers bar, but better.
I call it 'sin cake,' because even though
it's made out of totally guilt-free ingredients, this cake is so good that
eating it feels like a sin." Chef Richard McCormick of
Helsinki's Sandro and the Cock restaurants tells T+L where and what to eat
in Finland's capital

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