This popular and very healthy soup is high in vitamins and calcium. It can be eaten either hot or cold and is quite popular in the summer.
Sorrel is domesticated and grown wild across the board in Eastern Europe and spring is the best time to pick the young and tender leaves.
Favorite Dish: •1 pound young sorrel leaves, washed, stemmed as for spinach and chopped
•2 tablespoons butter or margarine or oil
•1 large minced onion
•6 cups water or chicken stock
•1 teaspon kosher salt or to taste
•1 tablespoons sugar
•2 large eggs
Rassolnik is a traditional Russian soup made from pickled cucumbers, pearl barley and pork or beef kidneys.
The key part of rassolnik is rassol, wish is a liquid based on the juice of pickled cucumbers with some additions.
Rassol is famous is Russia for its usage in anti-hangover treatment also.
Pelmeni – the small balls of minced meat covered with the pastry.
In Canada they called "Pirogi", but in Russian cuisine Pirog - it's pie (open or closed).
Pelmeni came to Russian cuisine from Siberia and the name is translated like "bread ear" from Komi (Komi - one of 158 nations living in Rissia) language.
Inside could be one sort of meat or any 2-3 meat combination (for me the best combination is: beef, pork, lamb)
Favorite Dish: There are many stories about pelmeni and one true thing is that you can eat a little pelmeni, especially if they are done in best traditions.
Pelmeni are usually made by the whole family. Then pelmeni have to be frozen outside or in frizer.
It take couple hours to make about 200 pelimeni - 10 servings.
Often pelmeni served in bouillon.
Couple words about restaurant:
The interior of restaurant is made after extremely popular movie "Pocrovskie Vorota", wich recreated the atmosphere of Moscow fifties and classic Soviet communal apartment (see pic #2).
An other traditional russian meal - Beef (pork) aspic (US 18.00- in Godunov restaurant).
Aspic ("kholodets"), is a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatin made from a meat stock. Aspics are usually served on cold plates so that the gel will not melt .
Nearly any type of meat can be used to make the Aspic, in Russian cuisine it's usually pork or beef. Meat combinations could be different, but a substantial amount of bones is a must to get it all jellied.
Kholodets is popular around the Christmas and Easter Holidays.
"Last but not least, kholodets is a great companion to vodka. If you eat kholodets with vodka, you will not get drunk - a little trick some people use at Russian parties. It also is perfect to eliminate hangover in the morning."
Favorite Dish: Godunov restaurant is located in the center of Moscow in the building which was part of Zakonospassky Monastery built in 1600 during the rule of Boris Godunov.
Like almost anywhere in Europe also in Russia the posh restaurants will be very expensive and not always worth the pay. However, I found out that some small restaurant and coffee shops served very good food as well as provide good service. Also English is much more common these days with the young people in the big cities.
Pleasant atmosphere. They serve oriental coffee, like in Central Asia (or in Greece) made on hot sand. In another sector of the cafe they have a sushi bar. Open until the last customer (usually at 3 AM).
Favorite Dish: as above
Many restaurants include every little item on the menu. Don't forget to check this and order what's necessary. For example, your breakfast may not come with toast. Make sure you order bread; make sure you specify 2 slices; make sure you specify toasted. Be sure to include salt and also pepper in your order, if you need it. Specify ice in drinks. Remember to add sugar and milk/cream to your order for coffee.
Blinis is something typical Russian. You can get them with all kind of filling.
Favorite Dish: My all time favorite dish is blinis with caviar. I discovered them during my visits in Ukraine and now that I start exploring Russia I'll have them whenever there is an opportunity.
Although the food was very basic and each day was a variation of the last - the food was very good, wholesome and filling. We had 4 course breakfast, 4 course lunches and 3 course dinners, all beautifully presented. The waitresses get quite upset if you do not eat it all!
Baklazhan Farshirovanny (Baked and Stuffed Eggplant)
Bliny (Buckwheat pancakes)
Pochki v Madere (Kidneys in Madeira wine sauce)
Vatrushki (Pot Cheese Tartlets)
Pashtet (Liverwurst or Liver Patè)
Kulebiaka (Flaky Salmon or Cabbage Loaf)
Pirozhki (Small Pastries Filled With Meat)
Salat Olivier (Tart Chicken Salad With Sourcream Dressing)
Marinovannye Griby (Pickled Mushrooms)
Borshch Moskovsky (Moscow-Style Beet Soup)
Okroshka (Chilled Vegetable Soup With Meat)
Botvinia (Green Vegetable Soup With Fish)
Kvas (Mint-Flavored Bread Beverage)
Shchi (Cabbage Soup)
Rassolnick (Tart Sorrel Soup With Kidneys)
Rybnaia Solianka (Fish Soup With Onions, Cucumbers and Tomatoes)
Ukha(Clear Fish Soup With Lime and Dill)
Miasnaia Solianka (Meat Soup With Tomatoes, Onions and Cucumbers)
Favorite Dish: Entrees
Bitki s Zapravkoi Gorchichnoi (Fish Cakes With Mustard Sauce)
Osetrina Po-Russki (Sturgeon or Halibut in Tomato and Mushroom Sauce)
Kurnik (Chicken and Rice Pie)
Tushenaia Kuritsa Pod Sousom iz Chernosliv ( Braised Chicken With Prune Sauce)
Kotlety Pozharskie (Ground Chicken Cutlets)
Bef Stroganov (Sautéed Beef With Mushrooms and Sour Cream)
Golubtsy (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls In Sour Cream Sauce)
Zharennyi Porosenok (Roast Suckling Pig)
Pelmeni (Siberian Meat Dumplings)
Grechnevaya Kasha (Buckwheat Groats With Mushrooms and Onions)
Plombir Slivochnyi (Ice Cream)
Charlottka (Charlotte Ruse: Ladyfingers Mold With Cream Filing)
Babka Yablochnaya (Apple Charlotte With Apricot Sauce)
Kisel (Pureed Fruit Dessert)
Syrniki (Sweet Cheese Fritters)
Gurevskaya Kasha (Sweet Pudding With Nuts and Candies Fruits)
RomovayaBaba (Rum Cake With Currants and Raisins)
Medivnyk (Spiced Honey Cake)
Smetanik (Berry Jam and Sour-Cream Pie)
Mazurka (Easter Nut Cake)
Krendel (Pretzel With Fruits and Nuts)
Shokoladno-Mindalnyi Tort s Kofeinym Kremom (Chocolate Almond Torte)
My favorite restaurant definitely was on the Transsiberian train from Moscow to Irkutsk in 1994. The restaurants are private enterprises, so it really depends on the crew.
Favorite Dish: The crew of the 1994 transsib restaurant were so friendly and made the most delicious menues out of very simple ingredients. And after a look into their kitchen I was even more surprised at their efficiency and quality of food!
If you’re hungry in Severobaikalsk or any other Siberian town, then stop by a Shchashchikla (meat on a stick) stand. The following is an excerpt from a restaurant in Severobaikalsk:
Later that evening, after I had said goodbye to my German friends, I ate a delicious dinner at the Shchashchiklaya Bar, which is located on top of a small cliff overlooking the gorgeous shores of Lake Baikal. The view from the deck on top was lovely. To top it off, the food was delicious. I had a Shchashchiklaya meat dish and dumplings soup. It was here that I met some more crazy funky Russians. They offered me a shot of vodka and I accepted. It would normally mean another full night of drunken fest, but since I was taking the early hydrofoil out of town I decided to decline the offer. They insisted, but I again declined. One of them even jokingly told me the cost of a girl was $10 USD. I laughed and told him no thanks. Eventually, they left and so I was alone contemplating the lake and the cute looking Russian girls at the next table.
We ate at Rus Bar, a local micro-brewery in Severobaikalsk. It was us four and Roman, a local guy. The food and beer was delicious. There was a $1 cover charge, but the beer was $0.50!!!
Favorite Dish: The home brewed beer of course :). Though I do have to say that their food was great as well.
The restaurant Detinets is situated inside the Kremlin. It is one of the least expensive restaurants on its category. The food is superb and tasty. Give it a try.
Favorite Dish: I think everything in their menu tasted great! I didn't tied it all of course, but on the two occassions I ate here I had a great meal.. Try their tasty desserts as well.
I had heard scary stories on the bland Russian food before I came. I was really impressed by some of the fine dishes I’ve had in Russia. Russians like to fry their food and to add all sorts of sauces to it, including their own version of Sour-cream. It makes for an interesting diet. Most of the time, just ordering the meal can be an adventure in and on itself :).
Favorite Dish: My favorite Russian food is the Pelmini, which is similar to the Chinese dumpling, but eaten with a side of mayonnaise, a side of sour cream, or in soup.
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