When you think about exciting international cuisine, Russian might not be on the top of anyone’s mind, but tourists may get surprised by the traditional Russian dishes. The quality of the food has lots of impact on your vacation; either you’ll have a pleasant memory from your food or not, that’s why it’s better to eat at places with a solid reputation and high-quality food. We at the Star Travel Group have always offered the top quality restaurants with reasonable prices to our travelers, also, our tour leaders are ready to help you find the top restaurants nearby the attractions of Russia so you would save some time and transport money.
Since Russia is a vast country and has borders with several countries from Asia, the Middle East, and Europa, it acquired a variety of tastes and cultures from their neighbors, and you can find these influences on their traditional cuisine as well. There are several necessary ingredients in Russian cuisine such as potatoes, cabbages, herbs, and meat. Soup is also quite essential in the Russian restaurants' menu, because of the weather conditions in the area, you can find both warm and cold soup in the Russian restaurants throughout the year. Borscht is one of those internationally famous soup.
Borscht is one of the famous Russian traditional food which originally is from Ukraine and Russia. Borscht is fundamentally a cabbage soup that seen several changes in its recipe based on different regions; but cabbages, potatoes, and sour cream are in common in every recipe. Besides those ingredients, you can find tomatoes, carrots, and meat in this soup. Borscht served with sour cream to give a little bit of balance to the sweet flavor of cabbages. Since this soup served both as a warm or cold dish, you can find it in the restaurants’ menu throughout the year.
Beef Stroganoff is another internationally-known dishes of Russia which acquired its name from the wealthy noble family of Stroganoff in Russia. The main ingredients of this meal are diced beef, onion, mushroom, white wine, and sour cream sauce. Beef Stroganoff also has several different recipes, just like Borscht. It can be served alone or with rice or pasta, it considered to be one of the favorite dinners in Russian homes. Though this dish received its name from one of the wealthiest families of Russia and it can be found in many fine restaurants in Russia, making this dish is quite easy and reasonable.
Pirozhki is one of the favorite snacks for Russian, but you can serve it as the main course as well. Pirozhki is a pastry that you fill it with meat, vegetables, and cheese. It’s one of the most accessible street foods in Russia. Pirozhki can be both baked and fried, that’s why you can find it everywhere from street food carts, cafes, and luxury restaurants’ menu. You can fill Pirozhki with many diverse ingredients such as meat, veggies, cotton candy and jam, and cheese.
Borscht might be the most famous Russian soup, but Solyanka is defiantly the best one. This soup has lots of different recipes, and you can use some diverse ingredients to make this thick soup such as beef, chicken, pork, ham, and fish as the meat; cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and garlic for the veggies. Solyanka traditionally serves with sliced lemons, which give a sour taste to the soup, you also can add some herbs such as parsley, dill, and mountain herbs to give an extra pleasant taste and flavor.
Blini is the Russian version of French Crepe, but because it made from yeasted dough, it’s lighter than Crepe. Blinis are one of the favorite snacks among Russians, they have a festival with Blinis to celebrate the beginning of spring. You can use anything to fill blini with including meat, vegetables, fruits, and eggs; but the favorite toppings for Russians are caviar, honey, and sour cream. Blini is one of the Russian dishes that you can find in any restaurant and café.
Shashlik Kebab is one of the most favorite traditional meals among Russians. As its name implies, Shashlik is a kind of kebab. Shashlik is cubed meat and veggies on skewers and grilled on fire. Shashlik is traditionally grilled with herb leaves over a wood fire to enhance the flavor of the kebab. The popularity of this food among Russians is so high that you can find an exclusive Shashlik restaurant in each corner of Moscow. Though many don’t accept Shashlik as a traditional Russian dish, we at the Star Travel Group recommend our travelers to try it on their trip to Russia.
After all of these high-fat and tasty dishes, seeing the name of a salad on the menu of Russian restaurants would excite people who care for their shape and healthy diet, but the Olivier only carry the salad in its name since it is one of the high-fattest meals of Russian dishes. Olivie was an invention of a Belgian chef in one of the famous restaurants in Moscow, and it's internationally known as Russian Salad. This salad usually includes potatoes, eggs, pickles, bologna, beef, chicken, carrots, peas, and lots of mayo. Though the original recipe lost in the 1860s and the current recipe might be different in each kitchen, it is still one of the popular dishes among Russian, especially during holidays such as New Year’s Eve.
It’s clear that the Russian cuisine isn’t very diet-friendly, and it’s not proper for people who care about their weight and body shape, but you can’t create delightful memories on your vacation without a little bit of cheat on your diet. However, the reason behind this kind of diet for Russian is the tough winters in Russia, which require a high-fat and tonic food diet. This was only a tiny piece of Russian cuisine, and there are loads of more meals that may excite tourists. You can always ask our experts at the Star Travel Group about traditional Russian cuisine, economical restaurants, cozy cafes, and top restaurants around the attractions of Russia.