One of the most enjoyable part of travelling is a possibility get to know better the local food. Ukrainian cuisine is incredibly diverse, and every region has its own specialties. However, some dishes have made Ukrainian cuisine famous in the culinary world. From the borsch to the Chicken Kiev – here are seven mouthwatering dishes you should try when visiting Ukraine.
Borsch is a traditional Ukrainian soup, known all over the world. One of the main ingredients of this dish is a beetroot, which gives borsch its intense red color. Other components are potato, carrot, cabbage, onion and sometimes meat. When you order borsch in Ukrainian restaurant it usually comes with sour cream and small garlic buns – pampushki. Your journey to Ukraine won’t be complete without trying this tasty and nourishing soup!
Another must-try dish in Ukraine is vareniki. It is a sort of dumplings with variety of stuffing. Among the most popular, and therefore the tastiest, we should mention the ones with mashed potatoes, mushrooms, cabbage, boiled forcemeat or the sweet ones with cherries. So, the choice is up to you!
Salo (bacon, lard) occupies a special place in the Ukrainian cuisine. We just love it, especially on a piece of homemade bread with a clove of garlic. That’s why we don’t understand why some foreigners find it strange or even unsavory to eat fresh raw lard… However, if you are not ready to have a bite of salo, you should at least try it a form of mousse, whipped with herbs and spices. This appetizer is often served in the Ukrainian traditional restaurants.
This dish is very popular in Ukraine, though it is not easy to cook. First, you have to prepare the stuffing – a mixture of rice, onion, carrot and forcemeat, and then you need to wrap it into boiled cabbage leaves. When the preparation is done, you should simmer the holubtsy for about an hour in a tomato souse. This is so yummy!
- Chicken Kiev
Although it has a French origin, you definitely should try this dish in its eponymous homeland. You will enjoy this juicy chicken roll stuffed with garlic butter and a mixture of parsley and spices, then breaded and fried. Just remember to cut it carefully not to spatter yourself with hot butter.
This dish is very popular in Ukraine because on the one hand, it is easy to prepare and, on the other hand, it tastes delicious! Usually these thin potato pancakes are just served with sour cream; however, they may be filled with mushrooms or meat, that makes them even more nourishing and succulent.
Uzvar is a traditional drink made of dried fruit, mainly of apples, plums and pears. This healthy refreshing drink is a good choice for you, especially on hot summer days. It is also served during the festive Christmas dinner.
Be sure to try all these tasty dishes during your next stay in Ukraine – the delight and satisfaction are guaranteed!