To me, a HUGE part a country’s culture is their food. I consider myself a big foodie and I see traveling as an opportunity to try as many new and different foods as possible!
Luckily for me, I grew up in a home that incorporated Polish dishes in with our everyday, American cuisine (whatever that means). Each Christmas, my family makes home-made Pierogi, or dumplings, which are amazing. Maybe not to everyone…but they are like gold to my sister and me. I actually learned that many Polish people (at least the ones I talked to) don’t usually spend the time to make their own pierogi. It’s so readily available that they don’t see the need. I also grew up eating Golabki (pronounced “Gu-wamp-ki” and is stuffed cabbage) and Barszcz (or Borscht, a beet soup). So, I had a small idea of what to expect when I got there.
When it comes to Polish food, I found a few trends: Potatoes, Cabbage, Dill, Thick pasta, Meat, Beets, and Various soups, even in the summer.
Here are some of my favorite dishes from the trip:
Chlodnik (a cold soup made with beet juice, milk, chives, cucumber, and dill) – Definitely one of the more unique things I tried on the trip. I like it a lot more than I expected!
Mushroom and Cabbage Pierogi, pan-fried
Chocolate cake, cheesecake (which has a very different consistency than in the U.S.), and raspberry sauce – YUM!
The most unique Cosmo I have ever seen! (Also delicious)
Goose with sweet potatoes and noodles (excuse the blurry-ness)
A slice of cake from Wedel, the famous chocolate place in Poland
Simple Chicken Soup, similar to what you’d expect in the U.S.
Mostly posting this because of how it was served! Each person got their own pot with a piece of lit wax underneath to keep it warm.
Golabki stuffed with meat and rice in a creamy tomato sauce with a side of boiled potatoes (of course)
Side Salad mostly made of cabbage in a light dressing
THE BEST CAKE I’VE EVER HAD
Know as Kremowka Papieska or “The Pope’s Cake“: Pretty much creamy goodness in between layers of phyllo dough
Apparently all the restaurants in the Pope John Paul II’s hometown, Wadowice, claim to have made the original recipe
Classic Pierogi in a local place in Wroclaw – LOVE the bacon and onions on top
A Typical Breakfast in Wroclaw
When staying with my mom’s cousin, we would wake up to something like this each morning, then eat and talk for at least an hour before leaving for the day. It was such a sweet tradition.
It seems silly but I did have a few meals of Sushi while in Poland. Seems like it’s becoming as popular there as it is in the States!
Since we went in summer it seemed like “Lody”, or Ice Cream, was everywhere! When walking around the crowded cities, there wasn’t a block without an ice cream shop or stand. There was also a popular type of tall ice cream cone that looked like soft serve, but was much thicker and creamier.
Finally, I have to mention the Vodka in Poland. A friend..of a friend took my sister and me out a few nights and treated us to some local vodka. Even at room temperature, it was a lot smoother than the vodka I’ve had in the states, even the top shelf stuff. We also tried lots of flavors including cherry, hazelnut, and, as our friend called it, “herbed” vodka. So smooth and delicious!
Speaking of vodka, we learned from friends that the best way to cure a hangover is to have Ogorki kiszone, or cucumbers in brine, when out drinking. Similar to pickles, but not as juicy. It seemed to work while I was there! 😉
Thanks for taking a food journey with me! What new and possibly foreign foods have you tried recently?
Stay tuned for more of my trip in Poland!