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Must-Try Dishes in Kyiv

| 2015-10-27
 
There are many reasons to travel. Food is obviously, one of them! When visiting a country, there is always a lot of must-try foods out there which serve us the essence, flavor, aroma and culture of the country. 
 
No trip to the Ukrainian capital would be complete without tasting at least a few of these traditional dishes in Kyiv. We’ve picked a must-try dishes and trendy ingredients to try in the Ukrainian capital.  
 

 - APPETIZERS -  


 

   
 Salo    Krovyanka      Studenetz 
                         
Salo is the most famous Ukrainian national dish. Salo is cured pork fatback that’s typically salted and treated with garlic, paprika or black pepper. Ukrainians eat slices of salo with garlic, onion, bread and pickles. Around the world, salted pork fat is associated with Ukraine.
 
Krovyanka is Ukrainian blood sausage that is made from a mix of cow’s or pig’s blood, buckwheat, minced meat and different vegetables. It’s traditionally eaten as a snack, but it can also be served hot with a savory sauce as a main dish.
 
 
                  
Studenetz (Kholodets) is aspic, traditionally made in Ukraine for the holiday table. This is a dish in which ingredients (pieces of chicken, beef, pork, boiled eggs and vegetables) are set into a gelatin  made from a meat stock.  Ukrainian Kholodets is eaten cold out of the refrigerator, and spread with horseradish or mustard.
 
         
   
Buzhenina    Oseledets   Homemade Kovbasa 

Buzhenina is one of the best Ukrainian meat delicacies for a holiday. Buzhenina is a big piece of pork (beef, turkey, lamb) without bones, roasted with spices.

  Oseledets (pickled herring) is common in Ukraine, where it is served cut into pieces and seasoned with sunflower oil and onions.   Ukrainian homemade kovbasa is a juicy sausage made from pork, beef or chicken with spices. It can be baked or boiled. 
         
   
Vinegret   Pickled cucumbers   Pampushky z Chasnykom 
Vinegret is a salad in Ukrainian traditional cuisine which is also popular in many other Eastern European countries. It includes diced cooked vegetables (beetroots, potatoes, and carrots), chopped onions, as well as sauerkraut and pickled cucumbers. Other ingredients, such as green peas or beans, can also be added. Sunflower  oil is used for the salad dressing.    Pickled cucumbers are a big part of Ukrainian cuisine. For the most part the pickling process is based on a brine of salt, water and various herbs from one's garden.  Slightly sour, salty to extent, with a wonderful flavor and crunchy texture of a freshly picked cucumber, these pickles are the most popular appetizer in Ukraine. The pickles are the essential part of a homemade dinner or a restaurant feast in the local style.    Pampushky z Chasnykom are Ukrainian garlic bread puffs. They are soft, fluffy bread portions topped with garlic butter. These puffs are excellent served in baskets as appetizers or with soups.

 


- SOUPS -


 
   
Borsch   Zelenyi Borsch    Kapusnyak 
Borsch is the most popular soup of Ukrainian cuisine that got the name from its main ingredient – beet, called in old Slavic “borsch”. There are more than 30 types of Ukrainian Borsch.
 
Zelenyj borsch (green borsch) is water or broth based soup with sorrel and various vegetables, served with chopped hard boiled egg and sour cream.
 
Kapusnyak soup is made with fresh cabbage, sauerkraut and vegetables. Traditional cabbage soup is prepared with pork but it can also be vegetarian.
         
   
Okroshka    Solyanka    Rozsolnyk 
Okroshka is a cold soup of Ukrainian origin. This classic soup is a mix of mostly raw vegetables (like cucumbers, radishes and spring onions), boiled potatoes, eggs, and a cooked meat with kvass, kefir, whey, vinegar, mineral water, or even beer.   Solyanka is a thick, spicy and sour soup made with meat, fish or mushrooms and various vegetables and pickles.   Rozsolnyk is traditional Ukrainian soup made from pickled cucumbers, meat, pluck, different cereals, vegetables ,  spices and greens.
         
   
Ukha   Kulesh   Gribna Yushka
Ukha is an ancient Ukrainian soup, made from various types of fish such as pike perch, perch, catfish, carp etc. It usually contains root vegetables, parsley root, leek, potato, bay leaf, dill and green parsley, and is spiced with black pepper.     Kulesh is a soup or porridge meal. There are two essential ingredients – millet and salted pork (salo). Potato came later but added texture and hearty. Other name is Field Porridge, as in prepared on campfire.   Traditional Ukrainian mushroom soup (Gribna Yushka) is made with a variety of wild mushrooms either dried or fresh. This is an extremely aromatic soup with unforgettable taste!

 


- MAIN COURSES - 


 

   
Chicken Kyiv   Holybtsi   Varenyky
Chicken Kyiv (Ukrainian: Kotleta Po-Kyivsky) is a popular main dish of boneless chicken breast pounded and rolled around cold garlic butter with herbs, then coated with eggs and breadcrumbs, and either fried or baked. 
 
Holybtsi is a popular Ukrainian dish consisting of rolled cabbage leaves stuffed with a mixture of chopped meat (beef or bacon) and boiled rice. It can be served with tomato sauce or sour cream.
 
Varenyky are stuffed dumplings of unleavened dough traditionally filled with potato, mushrooms, sauerkraut, cheese, livery etc. This dish is served hot with sour cream.
         
   
Kruchenyky    Stuffed Bell Peppers   Fried Crucian Carps 
Kruchenyky or Zavyvantsi are pork or beef rolls with various stuffing: wild mushrooms, onions, eggs, cheese, sauerkraut, carrots, etc.   Stuffed bell peppers are part of traditional Ukrainian cuisine. This dish consists of bell peppers filled with minced meat, rice and different vegetables. Ukrainian stuffed peppers are cooked on top of the stove, in a pot and are usually served with sour cream.    Fish occupies a prominent place in Ukrainian cuisine. Small fried crucian carps have a slightly sweet taste and are irresistibly crispy and delicious. It can be also cooked with sour cream and onion. 
         
   
Deruny   Pechenya   Kasha Hrechana zi Shkvarkamy
Deruny are small fried pancakes made from grated potato. These pancakes are usually topped with sour cream.   Pechenya is a mix of potatoes, roast meat and vegetables, sometimes seasoned with hot spices. It’s traditionally cooked in the oven and served in a clay pot with sour cream and dill.   Kasha hrechana zi shkvarkamy is a traditional dish made of buckwheat cereal with pork rinds and onion.

 


 - DESSERTS - 


 
 
   
Kyiv Cake   Nalysnyky   Oladi
Kyiv Cake is a brand of dessert cake, made in Kyiv since December 6, 1956. Kyiv Cake has become one of the symbols of the city of Kyiv, particularly by its brand name and package, depicting the chestnut leaf. The cake has three airy layers of meringue with hazelnuts, chocolate glaze, and extremely rich buttercream filling. 
 
Nalysnyky are thin rolled pancakes that are often served with a sweet or savoury cheese filling. It is a dish of the traditional Ukrainian cuisine which has been cooked in Ukraine for hundreds of years continues to be widely cooked and enjoyed.
 
Oladi, or thick pancakes prepared from kefir based batter, is traditional Ukrainian breakfast food.  Oladi can be served plain or with some kind of a topping: jam, sour cream, syrop or honey, as well as fresh fruits. 
         
   
Varenyky z Vyshniamy    Pirog   Varennya
Varenyky z Vyshniamy are Ukrainian dumplings with sour cherry filling. This dish can be served plain, with a bit of sugar, sour cream or butter.   Pirog is a very popular Ukrainian traditional pie made from dough and filled with either a sweet or savory filling. There are many different recipes for cooking it when it comes to dough, filling and shape. It can be filled with different fruits, berries, poppy seed, cottage cheese or jam. It can also have a savory filling like meat, fish, mushrooms, cabbage, potatoes etc.   Varennya  is a traditional whole-fruit preserve made by cooking berries and other fruits in sugar syrup. 
         
   
Paska   Syrniki   Pyrizhky
Paska (Ukrainian Easter bread) is a slightly sweet egg bread with raisins that can be decorated with religious symbols. It is taken to church on Easter morning in a special basket with other foods to be blessed.   Syrniki are fried quark pancakes, garnished with sour cream, jam, honey or apple sauce. The cheese mixture may contain raisins for extra flavor. They are sweet and served for breakfast or dessert.   Pyrizhky are baked buns stuffed with different fillings either sweet (fruits, berries, cottage cheese or poppy seed) or savory (ground meat, liver, eggs, rice, onions, sauerkraut).

 


- DRINKS -


 

 
   
Compote   Uzvar   Kysil
Compote is a drink where fruits are boiled in water (often with the addition of sugar) until the water’s been infused. It is then allowed to cool and is served cold. Much beloved by the young and the old alike, it’s the very essence of summer in the Ukrainian countryside. Compote is a wonderful soft drink all year round – refreshingly cool in summer or invitingly hot in mid-winter.
 
Uzvar is a specific type of compote made of dried fruits, mainly apples, pears, and prunes and sometimes berries sweetened with honey or sugar. Uzvar is a traditional Christmas Eve  drink in  Ukraine and some other countries of Eastern Europe.
 
Kysil is a viscous fruit drink that is also popular as a dessert. It consists of sweetened juice or milk, thickened with cornstarch or potato starch, and sometimes fresh or dried fruits are added. Kysil can be served either hot or cold. The thickness can vary depending on how much starch is used: thin kysil is most easily consumed by drinking while the thickest version is almost like jelly and is eaten with a spoon.
         
   
Kvass   Ryazhenka   Spotykach
Kvass is a popular sweet-and-sour sparkling beverage brewed from yeast, sugar, and dried rye bread. It may be flavored with fruits such as strawberries and raisins, or with herbs such as mint.   Ryazhenka is a traditional Ukrainian fermented milk product popular throughout Eastern Europe. It is a type of yogurt which is made from baked milk by lactic acid fermentation  It is milk coffee-coloured and has a traditional taste of farmed dairy products.   Spotykach is a sweet vodka-based drink with different spices and fruits. It has 30 degrees. This liquor is prepared from various berries and fruits. Spotykach is sweet, thick and aromatic liqueur.
         
   
Nalyvka   Medovukha   Varenukha
Nalyvka is a homemade wine made from cherries, raspberries, gooseberries, bilberries, blackberries, plums, blackthorns and other berries. Berries are put into a big glass bottle and some sugar is added. After the berries fermented, the liquid is separated from the berries, and put into corked bottles. The wine has about 15% of alcohol.   Medovukha is a fermented alcoholic beverage made from honey, water, and yeast. Its flavor depends on the plants frequented by the honeybees, the length of time and method of aging, and the specific strain of yeast used. This drink is well known from the times of Kyivan Rus.   Varenukha is sweet liquor made from dried fruits (apples, pears, prunes, apricots, etc.), vodka and spices (pepper, cinnamon, cloves, etc.). Children adore the non-alcoholic version of Varenukha.

 

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