Internet goes crazy when it realizes Swedish meatballs aren't Swedish

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Internet goes crazy when it realizes Swedish meatballs aren't Swedish
Turkish köfte are not served with lingonberries. Photo: Magnus Carlsson//Imagebank Sweden

The internet has gone crazy after finding out that Swedish meatballs aren't actually Swedish, but in fact originate from Turkey.


Sweden's official Twitter account dropped the bombshell on Saturday, when it revealed that the recipe for the succulent, meaty globes was brought back by King Charles XII in the early 18th century, after he spent five years exiled in Moldova, then part of the Ottoman Empire. 
The Turkish twittersphere reacted with glee. 
"After this confession, can you give us a discount on the meatballs you sold in Ikea to win our hearts?" tweeted Turkish graphic designer Ah Ulan Zaf. 
Şükrü Dirik joked that his meatball consumption should get him easy entry.
I always eat swedish meatball in ikea :) How can i do visa application to sweden
Others suggested that now Sweden has come clean it should stop claiming the dish as its own. 
The Twitter account pointed out that Charles XII had brought back other delicacies, including the stuffed cabbage treat kåldolmar and even coffee. The Swedish word 'kalabalik', meaning a noisy, disordered situation, is also of Turkish origin. 
The global media also jumped on the story with UK papers like The SunDaily Telegraph, and Metro all giving it their own treatment, as did the BBC
The Turkish media, of course loved it, with most of the main newspapers running a story on it and the Doğan News Agency even going so far as to sent a reporter to İnegöl, a town two hours outside Istanbul famous for its köfte.  
"That Sweden has confessed that its meatballs come from a Turkish recipe make us proud," said Ibrahim Besler, whose family company has been making köfte for 120 years. 
But while Turks were as a whole tickled by the controversy, a few Swedes seemed to take it hard.
Örjan Johansson, who is curating the @sweden account this week, seemed despondent:


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[email protected] 2018/05/02 19:02
Well, the fake news machine is really working overtime. The Turks have always claimed they invented every interesting foodstuff. Like coffee and croissants for example which they supposedly abandoned when they exited after the siege of Vienna in the 17th century. A more credible claim is from Trinity College Cambridge where 'Trinity Pudding' aka Créme Brulée has been eaten since the 16th century while the French first described it via the Versailles chef Massialotin 1691. What fun!

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