Rich in history, richer in carbs…Russian cuisine is probably one of the most underrated cuisines in the world. Made with simple ingredients and comforting favorites, it is full of vibrant colors, unique textures and flavors. While it may not have the same international fame as other cuisines but once you uncover its deliciousness, you won’t be able to get enough of it.
Though cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg are filled with modern, fine-dining restaurants and cafes serving a mélange of international cuisines – the tiny cafes serving authentic fare are the ones worth checking out. It is a perfect destination for those with a palate for exciting flavors and tastes.
So, if you’re in Russia, here’s a list of local fare for you to try. Keep note of these famous dishes and be sure to enjoy them before leaving.
Arguably the country’s most popular dish, Blini or Russian pancakes are easily available at every nook and corner. It comes with a variety of sweet and savory fillings like chocolate, honey, meat, mushroom, salmon, cheese and even caviar. Blini can be stuffed with an endless variety of fillings and is light and fluffy. It is a happy meal for any day of the week.
Russia’s national dish – Pelmeni is a dish that has got right into the heart of the cuisine. Stuffed with either lamb, pork or beef, Pelmeni is Russia’s version of dumplings. Wrapped with love in a thin dough, these piping hot parcels of goodness are slathered in butter and served with sour cream. A trip to the country would be incomplete without tasting this famous dish.
3) Beef Stroganoff:
One of the most popular traditional dishes, Beef Stroganoff involves meat cooked in a creamy sauce served with rice, noodles, potatoes or pasta. Most restaurants in Russia serve it over a bed of mashed potatoes. It is deliciously rich and creamy – sure to warm your heart and fill your belly.
Shashlyk is a type of shish kebab (meat skewer) consisting of grilled veggies and cubed meat. You can find it at a street vendor or enjoy it at a restaurant. It is cooked over an open fire and is served hot and fresh. There are a number of recipes that have been passed down from family to family so each place will have its own unique variation.
A deep-fried, flaky pastry made with nice, juicy meat and lots of onions, Chebureki is a crescent shaped delicious street food dish that is surely worth trying. It is easily available almost everywhere and is a favorite amongst locals.
While Russian food is mostly about meat – there’s one particular dessert that’s found all over: Medovik i.e. Honey Cake. A soft and creamy dessert with several layers that can be filled with honey, milk, cream, butter and more; it is visually appealing and tastes divine. It is a favorite in the country and if you’re wondering why – give it a try!