From Russia with love: What to eat in Moscow! (II)

inding a travel buddy or a new boyfriend is easy thanks to YEC.com – but arranging a trip is just one part of the story. While you’re enjoying the sights of Moscow, you’ll occasionally have to eat something. And while you can probably find hamburgers in Russia, we hope that you’re not one of those people who’re obsessed with eating the same things you eat at home – it’s always good to try something new, interesting and, above all, delicious!

Maybe he can cook for you!

If pancakes are your forte, you’d be delighted to know that Muscovites (and all Russians, for that matter) enjoy them too. From something called syrniki to plain old blini, you can have salty or sweet pancakes virtually anywhere. Blini tend to be on the thin side, which only means you can eat more!

Blini – Russian pancakes.

Syrniki – sort of like pancakes filled with cheese.

Of course, when the chips are down and you need to get warm right after a walk on Red Square, nothing beats Russian soups. Borsch has its fair share of international fame (it’s a beat, cabbage and beef broth), but there is also rassolnik (beef, pickle and barley soup) as well as klotski (chicken soup with potato dumplings).

Borsch with sour cream.

Piroshky are basically miniature pies or bread stuffed with lots of anything. You can have one with meat, veggies or both; with vanilla or cherry cream; pizza piroshky and so on. They’re great for a quick bite on the spot, or as openers at a restaurant.

Piroshki

English: Piroshki (also known as Pierogi or Pi...

English: Piroshki (also known as Pierogi or Pirozhki, plural of Pirozhok) are a traditional Russian baked or fried pastry. These are made with meat, rice, onion and mushroom stuffing and yeast dough. They are generally served whole, but one is cut in order to show the stuffing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Muscovites also enjoy something called Olivier Salad (in Europe and Latin America it is known a Russian Salad). It’s heavily dressed with mayo (but traditional mayo is made from potatoes) and includes carrots, peas, eggs, onions, boiled chicken or pig roast, apples and mustard. There is a number of recipes out there, and all of them are delicious.

Olivier salad – a mean in itself.

Medovik (honey cake) is our top choice when it comes to sweets. It’s a honey – sponge cake with sweet sour cream, with layers and layers of crust and sweet filling (we counted – there are up to 20 layers in some!). It’s a perfect cake to sweeten the deal between you and your new friend!

Medovnik – fantastic flavor, light on the stomach.

Of course, we haven’t forgotten Stroganoff, shashlik or caviar – they’re just so common in Moscow you’ll try them anyway! And since the winters are quite harsh in Moscow, you’d be wise to have a cup of tea from samovar; Russian can match English obsession with tea, cup for cup.

Russian tea.

 

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