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What makes the Ukrainian cuisine so special? Why are people from all over the world attracted to it and consider it the most peculiar and outstanding in the world? To be able to answer these questions, it makes sense to underline that traditional Ukrainian cuisine is the reflection of the culture and traditions of the country, which have been formed for years. No wonder, it can be called a real “highlight” of the Ukrainian culture.
The Ukrainians like to eat a lot, especially those dishes, which are cooked of meat, vegetables, and dough. Among the most popular dishes, a festive occasion cannot be imagined without one can mention such treats as cured pork fat, the Ukrainian borsch, vareniki, cabbage rolls, chicken Kiev, galushki, home-made sausage, syrniki, potato fritters and more. Traditional Ukrainian beverages include uzvar, beer, bread juice, vodka, mead, different kinds of “nastoikas” and more. Now, let us have a short overview of the most popular Ukrainian dishes.
These two dishes cannot exist separately when it comes to traditional Ukrainian cuisine. They are associated with Ukraine most of all. Along with vareniki and cabbage rolls, Ukrainian borsch and cured pork fat are known all over the world. Cured pork fat may be used in different variants, including fresh, salty, baked, smoked, fried and filled with garlic and black pepper. Traditional Ukrainian borsch has a rich number of variations and each housewife cooks it in her own, individual way. Generally, the dish contains a number of ingredients, such as meat, beetroot, onion, cabbage, peas as well as a rich choice of spices that give the dish an unforgettable aroma and taste. These include parsley, garlic, pepper, onion, fennel etc. People eat Ukrainian borsch with sour cream, although there are people, who do not like any sauces at all, giving preference to the natural taste of the dish.
Vareniki is the dish that ranks second after the Ukrainian borsch in the traditional cuisine of the country. They were ideally described by N.V.Gogol in his novel known all over the world under the title “Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka”. Nowadays, the dish is cooked of dough and comes with different topics depending upon the taste of a person. These include cheese, meat, cabbage, mashed potatoes, berries and what not. Sweet vareniki are always served with sour cream, honey or other sweet sources, while other types of the dish may come either with sour cream or fried cured pork fat with onions called “shkvarki”.
Obviously, syrniki are tasty sweet “pancakes”, which are cooked of cottage cheese. They may contain raisins or other additives and are always served with sour cream or sweet sauces. They constitute a superb dessert any traditional dinner cannot be imagined without. By the way, kids in Ukraine like syrniki so much that they often eat them for supper or lunch.
These are only a few traditional Ukrainian dishes that are worth your attention. They do not always taste delicious, but also have a great and attraction-grabbing look!