Hosted by Tini Ismail, Fikadrottning unfolds this Singaporean's obsession with fika and Sweden. The show follows topics on coffee, popular Swedish pastry and their origins, traditions and celebrations, and her life experiences living in Stockholm. Learn a Swedish word (or a phrase) each week. Log on to for latest blog entry. New episodes are released every Wednesday. This podcast is a production of Cavewoman Productions.


June 16, 2021 18 mins

Hej alla kära lyssnare!! We are closing series 5 with a dessert worthy of a royalty. Prinsesstårta!!! Prinsesstårta is a traditional Swedish cake served during a birthday celebration. Did you know that it was called "Green cake" once upon a time?

And because it is summer in Sweden now, in our "Words of the Day" segment we will look at how to appreciate the beautiful sunny weather.
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Berries! Berries! Berries!! Such super fruits they are. High in vitamins and antioxidants. Lingonberry is the most common berry that you will find in a Swedish dish. Almost everything and anything goes with lingonberry jam. But of course, there are other berries in Sweden.

In "Words of the Day" segment, we look at how a waiter takes your order and how you, as a customer, responds.
Waiter: Är du redo att best...

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June 2, 2021 16 mins

It's Saturday and all the children in Sweden are extremely happy because it's LÖRDAGSGODIS!! This is yet another phenomenon in Sweden. 'Lördag' is Saturday and 'godis' means sweet or candy. So, you figured it out! Saturday Candy!! There is an interesting history behind Lördagsgodis which will surprise you.

In "Words of The Day" segment, we will be looking at several words. Do check o...

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Another tradition in Swedish homes is spending Saturday nights watching Melodifestivalen and Eurovision Song Contest in May each year. This year's Eurovision Song Contest was held in Rotterdam on 21st May 2021 (Saturday) after being cancelled in 2020 due to Covid19 pandemic. In this episode we looked into the beginnings of Melodifestivalen.

In the "Words of The Day" segment, we learn how to say "I like...

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May 19, 2021 19 mins

There is one fundamental tradition that still lives on in Sweden. This tradition is called fredagsmys or cosy Friday. While most youngsters prefer to go out on Friday night, majority of the Swedes choose to cosy up at home with blankets,  comfort food and snacks, boardgames and binge watching Netflix or put on a good film on the projector.

So when does this yet another social phenomenon came about?  Find out more in this ...

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Hej hej! It's 11th May!!! It's CHOKLADBOLLENS DAG!! We are so honoured to have the Queen of Chokladbollar, the author of "In Search of The Best Swedish Chokladbollar", Ms Alaine Handa with us in this episode.

Alaine shares her journey from being a dancer, choreographer to being an author. She also shares about how she got hooked on Fika and chokladbollar.

If you'd like to grab a copy &quo...

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Hej alla kära lyssnare! We are back again on air. Have you ever wonder why Ramadan and Eid never falls on the same day every year? Do you know that gifts are given during Eid? In this episode we will sharing some 10 FUN FACTS about Eid Al-Fitri that you might not know about.

In our "Words of The Day" segment, we will learn how to say "Kan jag få låna toaletten?" ("Can I use your toilet?"). It...

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April 2, 2021 17 mins

HEJ allihopa! Easter is just around the corner! In this episode, Fikadrottning will be sharing with you interesting facts and the food served at Easter in Sweden. Have you made any Easter decorations for your home? In our our "Words of the Day" segment, we will learn how to say "Happy Easter" in Swedish. 

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Chinese New Year is just around the corner! In this special edition, Ting Wei shares with us some of the traditional Chinese customs and traditions during Chinese New Year celebration, Ang Bao (red packet), his Chinese New Year celebrations in Singapore and Malaysia, and celebrating this joyous occasion during his school years (we exchanged "notes" on this one!). Of course, we did not forget to talk about Chinese New Year...

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Ting Wei joined us again this week, sharing his food stories from his army days and of course, LUNCH..... What does his typical lunch look like? What do the Swedes have for lunch? What DO YOU have for lunch? Do share with us by taking a photo of your lunch and tag us on our Instagram or our Facebook @fikadrottning_podcast

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Hej allihopa! How was your New Year's celebration? Hope the weeks have been kind to you.
This is Series 5 Episode 1!! Yippee!!! In Series 5, we will explore more about Swedish culture and traditions.

In today's episode we will talk about meals (måltider) in Sweden specifically breakfast (frukost). So what do the Swedes eat for breakfast? Havregrynsgrött with lingonsylt, knäckebröd, muesli, filmjölk, to name ...

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December 30, 2020 42 mins

God fortsättning! Gott Nytt År !! Gott Slut!! These are the many ways of bidding farewell or wish anyone a Happy New Year..

So 2020 is finally coming to an end. In this special edition, I will be sharing fond memories of my first New Year's Eve celebration in Stockholm. Ting Wei will share his memories of firecrackers or fireworks. In Singapore, it is illegal to have any form of firecrackers or fireworks in your posse...

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December 23, 2020 74 mins

In this last episode of Series 4, I will be sharing with you fond memories of my very first Christmas experience in Stockholm. From getting my first julgran and meeting Jultomte for the first time. So how do you say "Merry Christmas" in Swedish? Learn to say this in our "Words of The Day" segment

What was it like for you to celebrate Christmas in Sweden for the first time? DO share with us your experien...

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December 16, 2020 16 mins

Did you know that tea was never the beverage in England until the women folk slowly caught on it slowly as they perceived it to be a genteel drink (according to and that Ireland was the second-biggest per capita consumer of tea in the world?!!

This week's phrase is the follow up to last week's "Behöver du hjälp?" (Do you need help?). If you are just window shopping or looking around, you say ...

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December 9, 2020 50 mins

Lucia or Saint Lucy's Day is celebrated annually on the 13th of December. This is one tradition in Sweden that I certainly look forward to (even though I do not celebrate Christmas).  I remembered the first Lucia procession I witnessed at Skansen with my kompis in 2010.  I also witnessed the crowning of Lucia in Gothenburg in 2013.  Both experiences were magical.

As we are still shopping for julklappar (Christmas gif...

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December 2, 2020 17 mins

This episode is dedicated to all my TEA drinking listeners. Yes, for the next few episodes we will be exploring TEA. So, what is your favourite tea? Do share with me by commenting on our Instagram fikadrottning_podcast. 

In the "Word of The Day" segment we will learn not one but THREE words which will come in handy since Christmas is just around the corner! The words are:
ENG: Sale
Malay: Jual...

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November 25, 2020 31 mins

Today's content is for informational purposes only and it is NOT intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Always consult your doctor or other professional qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding medical condition, procedure, treated and/or before starting a new nutrition, diet, exercise, fitness or wellness program.


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November 17, 2020 15 mins

Have you ever wonder why chocolate goes so well with coffee? Or have you ever wonder if chocolate goes well with tea? In this episode we will look into why chocolate goes well with coffee and/or tea. We will also explore how and why should you pair your chocolate with coffee and/or tea. In the "Word of The Day" segment, we learn a new Swedish word/expression, "Mumsigt". Mmmmmmmm.....

For more informatio...

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November 12, 2020 43 mins

You can never go wrong with chocolates unless, of course, if you're not a chocolate fan. However, even if you are not a total fanatic over chocolates I'm sure you do eat chocolate. So, what is your favourite chocolate?

In "Words of The Day" segment, we are joined once again by Peter and Ting Wei as we look into the use of the expressions "jaha" and "...

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November 4, 2020 34 mins

This episode is an introductory to Series 4 where we will be sharing with you what to expect in the upcoming episodes. Yes, we have decided to move our podcast on Wednesdays instead of Mondays as Wednesdays are seen as a mini weekend in Sweden (so I have observed). Well, perhaps in the near future, Fikadrottning will be aired on both Mondays and Wednesdays. Who knows! SO this week we dive straight into our "Words of the Day&qu...

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