Everybody knows about borsch, pelmeni and vodka in Russia. But there are plenty of meals you should try too:
1) Olivye salad
This salad is sometimes called Russian salad abroad. And the name “Olivye” has a French origin. It is prepared from boiled chicken, potato, carrot, conserved peas, pickled cucumbers, onion and mayonnaise. It’s a little strange mixture of ingredients, but try it anyway, and you’ll understand that it’s really very tasty.
2). Shi soup
Shi is a soup made from meat, cabbage, carrot, potatoes, tomatoes and onion. Add some sour-cream to it and you’ll get a delicious taste. Everybody knows borsch, in fact borsch is shi with beet. Borsch is more often related to courses of the Ukrainian cuisine.
It is a traditional Russian soup made from pickled cucumbers, pearl barley, and pork or beef kidneys. A vegetarian variant of rassolnik also exists. The dish is known to have existed as far back as the 15th century, when it was called kalya.
The key part of rassolnik is the rassol, a liquid based on the juice of pickled cucumbers with some other additions. It is also famous as a hangover treatment.
4). Okroshka soup
The word “okroshka” comes from the verb “kroshit” that in English means “to crumble”, “to cut”. The base of the course is kvass (sometimes is based on kefir). Kvass is a traditional drink in Russia itself. All that you need to do is to add there boiled meat, eggs, potherb, cucumbers, radish, some milk and the soup is ready. Extremely good in Summer!
5). Dressed herring or herring under a fur coat
This dish is a layered salad composed of diced salted herring covered with layers of grated boiled vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beet roots), chopped onions, and mayonnaise. Dressed herring salad is very popular in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries of the former USSR. It is one of the traditional dishes served as appetizer (zakuski) at New Year and Christmas celebrations.
Not quite a pancake and something more solid than a cheesecake, syrniki are a delightful hybrid of both. Usually made by cottage cheese pancakes, which are fried then, garnished with sour cream, jam, honey, or apple sauce.
A common variety of pirozhki are baked stuffed buns made from yeast dough and often glazed with egg to produce the common golden colour. They commonly contain meat (typically beef) or a vegetable filling (mashed potatoes, mushrooms, onions and egg, or cabbage). Sweet-based fillings could include stewed or fresh fruit (apples, cherries, apricots, chopped lemon, etc.)
A classic grand coulibiac features several fillings, often a mixture of some white fish and rice for the top and bottom layers with fillets of sturgeon or salmon between. The pie is baked in a pastry shell, usually of brioche or puff pastry.
It is a fruit soup, popular as a dessert. If the kissel is made using less thickening starch, it can be drunk — this is common in Russia. Its name is derived from a Slavic word meaning “sour” (kisly).
Bon Appétit !