In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Poland
Influenced by neighboring tastes, Poland’s cuisine continues to change and integrate elements from other cultures. Apart from influences from Italy and France, many tasty recipes are of Jewish origin. Moreover, you can find more exotic foods in specialized restaurants across the country.
Typical meals in Poland are hearty, flavorful and contain a lot of meat. The most popular dishes are: bigos, a stew that consists of cabbage, mushrooms, and various meats, including pork, bacon and sausage; kotlet schabowy, a traditional breaded pork cutlet; gołąbki, cabbage parcels stuffed with meat or meat and rice; and pierogi, dough filled with cheese, potatoes, onions, cabbage, mushrooms and meat.
Despite the fact that most foods in Poland are extremely rich in calories, locals also enjoy eating lighter meals, such as soups, broths and beets.
The most commonly used ingredients in Polish cuisine are sauerkraut, beetroot, cucumbers (gherkins), sour cream, kohlrabi, mushrooms, sausages and smoked sausage, while the most typical herbs and spices include marjoram, dill, caraway seeds, parsley, or pepper.
When it comes to dessert, people usually opt for Polish cheesecake, or sernik, apple tarts (szarlotka), makowiec (a sponge cake with a poppyseed filling), or eklerka (éclairs).
Last but not least, make sure to try Poland’s famous vodkas. The two most renowned brands are Belvedere and Chopin, both of which you’ll find in virtually any shop.