Unlike in Singapore, settling your meals in Denmark is much more complicated. Hopefully, you aren’t accustomed to dining out because a meal in Denmark easily exceeds S$20 (the dish in the thumbnail is already S$24).
Even the cheaper options such as the kebab shop or the Swedish restaurant at IKEA would require forking out at least S$10. Hence, be prepared to practice grocery budgeting and to sharpen your culinary skills when going on exchange to Denmark.
|Kebab shops are a common sight in Denmark due to mass migration of Middle Eastern immigrants settling down in Europe. A kebab typically costs around S$10.
Root vegetables such as onions, carrots and potatoes are your best friend, ranging between S$2 to S$4 per kilogram and utilize massive supermarket discounts for assorted items. Unfortunately, eggs, beef, and seafood are pricier than in Singapore so limit such purchases. Yet, there is greater accessibility to organic, vegan, and lactose-free options, which are similarly priced to their conventional counterparts.
While there are supermarkets selling Asian provisions, the product selection is limited and are undoubtedly costlier. Thus, ensure to pack some of your favorite local condiments before departing.
Whether it is from a cookbook, the internet or passed down from your family, gather a selection of simple recipes. There would be less trouble deciding on what to prepare once you have settled down in Denmark.
Easily the most accessible dish on a student’s budget, you might want to familiarize yourselves with a few recipes.
Some recipes on Danish cuisine are possible to be attempted at home.
If you are feeling homesick, don’t feel guilty about treating yourself to Asian dishes occasionally, despite the possible dent the ingredients might make in your wallet.
Personally, I brought a cookbook over to get myself started, where each recipe only involves 5 main ingredients.
For the adventurous, you might want to attempt making desserts as well!
The possibilities are endless, treat your exchange as an opportunity to learn a life skill! Best of luck and happy cooking! I know I had!