Despite their modest population, Scandinavians make up a disproportionately large percentage of tourists and expats in Thailand. So how to explain that after the temporary closure of the Finnish Aalto Kitchen on Silom, there was no eatery in Bangkok that served food representative of the fair skinned northerners? One explanation floating around the blog-o-sphere is that there are much larger Scandinavian populations in Pattaya and Hua Hin so naturally these locations are much more likely than Bangkok to meet the demands for husmanskost and reindeer. Simply put there really aren’t that many Scandivians in Bangkok per se, but what about the rest of us who want to munch on Swedish meatballs and lingonberry jam?
In trots the Swedish owner who sees there is a market for importing Scandinavian food and hey, while I’m at it, I might as well open a deli. KohSpot is always keeping an eye out for what is fresh for our readers so we pounced when Scan Deli recently opened its doors on Sukhumvit Soi 18. Ok, Ok, so boiled meat and potato may not be as fun as indulging in Krispy Kreme or Cupcakes as there are a lot of boiled meats, boiled potatoes, beets, pickled cabbage and salted fish, which all provide an interesting history in food preservation but leave much to be desired for the taste buds.
But have you ever had Norwegian salmon? KohSpot almost passed out from a food orgasm while eating the salmon with potatoes in a dill sauce (195 baht) and everyone knows Wasa crackers (179 baht) are one of the greatest inventions in the world, right next to the Internet and breakdancing. Lingonberry sauce is like the taller, more popular prom queen sister to cranberry sauce’s homely sibling and Scan deli does it right. And God help us if Scan Deli ever imports reindeer in season—the perfect winter dish with potatoes, gravy and lingonberries.
Tastes may vary, but unless you’re a vegetarian you’ll probably find something to your liking at this deli. There’s not much to the décor, though it does have a pleasant fountain bounded by the unusual nipplefruit outside. But what it lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up for in enthusiastic employees. Orawan, the main server, is always willing to help, and Tom the manager will chat you up about any topic regarding Thailand.
The only unusual drink is Hartwall Original Long Drink (145 baht), which has a grapefruit taste and 5.5% alcohol by volume of gin. The potato pancake with salted pork (195 baht) is a big seller, and the deli still does the bulk of its business by delivering orders upcountry.
Don’t worry, there’s no lutefisk.
Location: 21/3 Sukhumvit Soi 18, just past the Rembrandt Hotel.
Mass transit: BTS: Asok, MRT: Sukhumvit
Hours: 10 am-10 pm daily