Estonia is a sea country, most of our coastline is sea and that has been an influence to our culture throughout the centuries. The sea has led a horde of conquerors to our land, the Vikings in 12th century, followed by Danish and Swedish in the 15th century and also brought some riches through the Hansa maritime trade line. But well before the Vikings set their foot on our land, the sea has brought us fish.
Every Saturday morning there is a fresh fish market by the docks near Kalamaja. The fishermen pull up and sell their morning catch alongside smoked and cured fishes. The most locally loved fishes to look out for are:
– baltic herring, a small sardine like fish, mostly eaten cured in salt and spices and also delicious when fried in butter.
– European flounder, best eaten hot out of a smoking oven in summertime with a nice cold glass of local beer.