Polish cuisine: what to try and what to avoid
Regardless of whether you came to Poland for a moment or stay longer, trying traditional Polish dishes is one of your basic duties. Today we will tell you about the basic dishes of Polish cuisine and tell you where to look for them, because we are sure that you will like some of them.
Easter is coming in three weeks, which means that there will be more traditional dishes in the stores, restaurants and homes of your Polish friends than ever before. It's a great time to discover! What can you expect? Surely żurek - this is a traditional Polish soup that requires serious preparation, so it is made rather on holidays. In the classic version, it is prepared with sourdough from wholemeal flour, cooked with mushrooms, and served with potatoes, diced sausage and hard-boiled egg. If you go to a restaurant for soup, you can get it not in a plate, but in bread, specially hollowed out for this purpose. It's impressive! Anyone for whom a student room in Gdańsk or student rooms in Warsaw have become the second home as part of undertaking university studies in Poland should get used to traditional Polish cuisine.
A special place on the Easter table is occupied by eggs, usually hard-boiled and stuffed in many ways, but for most foreigners this is not a serious surprise. It gets more interesting when they meet white sausage, the queen of the holiday table. The name of this sausage comes from its color - white, almost blue. It is raw or steamed, usually made of pork, sometimes with the addition of beef, placed in the natural, small pig intestine. That's why the color is so weird. Yes, you may have some resistance to trying!
Black pudding "kaszanka" can also cause resistance, although this one does not deter at first glance. On the contrary! It smells great, looks good. You can find her at a grilled party, maybe your colleague with whom you rent rooms for students in Warsaw or Gdansk will fry it with onions for lunch or dinner. Before you try, you must know that it is made from buckwheat or barley, spices and blood. Yes, blood. Relax, in many vegan restaurants, black pudding appears as well. It tastes like traditional - if you want to know the taste, but you don't necessarily feel like eating blood. In Warsaw, you can come across this version, for example, in the restaurant Praska na Brzeskiej. If only your new place of residence is a room for Eramsus in Warsaw, you must visit this place.
Tripe soup "flaki" is another soup that impresses foreigners. The impression is not necessarily good, because it is a dish made from fragments of the beef stomach. Similar are eaten in Portugal, so not only Poles have such ideas. If you want to try tripe in the Polish version, go to trusted friends or a good restaurant - nothing worse than poor tripe. In Warsaw, you'll find tripe at Dawne Smaki restaurant, and in Gdańsk at Kuchnia Polska restaurant (Długi Ogrody 8). For most who rent student rooms in Gdansk or the capital, tripe become a favorite dish.
Soups are not everything, however, this is not even the beginning! Dumplings filled with meat, cabbage and mushrooms, Russian style - all covered with fat. There is also a version with fruit in the company of cream, they are vegetarian and vegan, with lentils and spinach. Yes, dumplings are important in Poland, so you can not only eat them in almost any restaurant, but you can also buy ready-made in almost every store. Purchased dumplings, depending on how they are prepared, you can cook, fry or simply reheat in the microwave. Each room for Erasmus in Gdańsk or a room for a student in Warsaw has this type of equipment.
Most likely, if you decided to try all types of dumplings available in Poland, you wouldn't eat anything else for a good few weeks. It can be a pretty good plan. However, it is worth taking a break in dumplings and trying traditional Polish broth, i.e. chicken broth with noodles, eat a sandwich with lard "smalec" (yes, an animal fat). Necessarily accompanied by pickled cucumber! Kiszonki, or fermented vegetables, are also typical Polish food. You have to be careful with them: once you try sauerkraut, you'll probably miss it everywhere else in the world. Bon Appetit!