Findus Falafel in Finland

The snow was coming down hard as I walked along the promenade towards the Market Hall. There’s a Lebanese man there who sells great olives and I had a hunch that he’d be able to supply me with some humous. A while ago I picked up some frozen felafel in the little shop on Laivurinkatu and for various reasons — the alignment of the planets, the coming of sub-zero temperatures — it felt like the time had come to eat it.

Plate of Findus falafelAnd it wasn’t as bad as I’d feared. In fact it was fairly tasty and, well, falafel-like. I was also glad that I was able to to find pitta bread from the same source. I served it all up with some tsatsiki which I made myself.

I used to think that if I lived in Finland, that I would miss the multiculural feel of London. But in the brief time that I have been coming here there seem to be more and more immigrants around and along with them a broader variety of food. Even something as exotic as a sweet potato (Bataatti in Finnish) is now commonplace in the supermarket and is set to rival the Swede (the vegetable, not the Scandanavian) as the ingredient for the Christmas laatikko.

And judging by the Tanzanian, Chinese, Indian, German, Moldavian, Portuguese, Russian, Mexican, Nicaraguan, Catalan, Spanish, Kyrgyzstani, Swedish, Greek and even English people in my Finnish Language class, there are many varieties of people willing not only to live here, but to become part of Finnish society, attempting to learn to speak the language, a feat even harder than saying “Findus Falafel in Finland”, five times, very quickly.

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5 responses to “Findus Falafel in Finland

  • Vron

    What an amazing photo! I can pratically smell the yummy chick pea-ness of it from freezing Barcelona!…Ever thought about a career in food styling? (Aparently you get to photograph gigantic cherries made of chipboard and slathered in varnish…that kind of thing)…what think you?
    Vron

    • instantkaamos

      Actually, I must come clean and say that I nicked the photo from the Findus Sweden website — they haven’t complained yet though.

      The idea of the idea of middle-eastern cookery travelling to Barcelona via Helsinki is an intriguing one however…

  • Instant Kaamos

    As a rather late post-script I feel I should apologise to Findus for any implication that one would not expect their falafel to be tasty. But having discovered this marvellous food in Jerusalem, I do have rather high expectations. Last night I had some freshly made falafel on the Bayswater Road in West London, and area famous for its Lebanese and other Arabic restaurants and it was absolutely delicious. If I could remember the name of the place, I’d tell you!

  • Vitas

    hi, Instant Kaamos,

    I have found your article on Falafel in Finland through search on-line. I am making a research on possible existing falafel chains in Scandinavia. I would very much appreciate if you could advise me on the following:
    1. Are there falafel fast food shops in Finland, Sweden, Norway?
    2. If yes, could you list their names?
    3/ If you don’t know of the chains, may be you know how to better search (sites, people?) to find about them?

    I would appreciate any help on the above!

    Thank you,

    Best regards,

    Vitas Dijokas

    • Instant Kaamos

      I only know Helskini and I’ve only ever seen one fast food felafel shop here — I don’t remember it’s name but if I pass it again I’ll email it to you. If you’re thinking of starting a Nordic countries felafel business, you’d have one customer at least — so long as your felafel is as good as you can get on Bayswater Road, London!

      Ike

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