Stegt Flæsk, Denmark's national dish, consisting of fried pork belly, potatoes and parsley sauce.

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.

Swedish meatballs in Denmark. When on promotion, a plate of 12 meatballs could cost between $8 to $10.
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.

Pasta Bolognese

Pesto Pasta

Garlic Mushroom Chicken Pasta

Some recipes on Danish cuisine are possible to be attempted at home.

Brændende Kærlighed (Burning Love), a Danish dish containing mashed potatoes, caramelized onions and bacon bits. This version substitutes bacon with ham.

Boller i Karry (Meatballs in Curry), a dish popularized when exotic spices are introduced into Danish society. Although the curry is radically different from those in Singapore, it still tastes delicious.

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.

Thai Basil Chicken Rice, for better results: bring over soy sauce and fish sauce.

Japanese Curry Chicken. Surprisingly economical to prepare in Denmark.

Personally, I brought a cookbook over to get myself started, where each recipe only involves 5 main ingredients.

Meatball Sandwiches, made from ground chicken, mozzarella cheese, bread, pesto and canned tomatoes.

Crispy Garlic Chicken, made from chicken breasts, rocket, crumbled bread, garlic and lemon juice.

For the adventurous, you might want to attempt making desserts as well!

Cinnamon Buns, a classic pastry in Denmark, Norway and especially Sweden.

Blueberry Muffins, because I had leftover flour and white sugar. Topped with hazelnuts and icing sugar.

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!

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