Undoubtedly to explore country means to try local food. I’m sure you have to taste national Russian cuisine from tsar’s dishes to very simple village food.
So here we have the list of main dishes you need to check:
◽️ Soups: Ukha (fish soup), Borsh, Solyanka, Lapsha (classic chicken soup), Pea soup, Okroshka or Svekolnik (cold soups for summer time).
◽️ Snacks: Crepes with caviar/salmon, different types of pies, kholodets (meat jelly -perfect for vodka), furring with onion and traditional black bread.
◽️ Salads: vinegret / olivie (traditional new year salad), furring under coat (something special) / russian village vegetable salad with sunflower oil or sour cream.
◽️ Main plates: cutlet with mashed potato (classic for soviet period)/ pelmeni (kind of dumplings can be with meat or fish), fried country potato with pickles, different types of baked chicken / duck / beef / pork.
◽️ Desserts: pancakes with sour cream/ condensed milk / sweet patties, russian babuska’s berries jam, soviet cakes as Napoleon/Ptichie moloko (“bird milk” – don’t be afraid it’s not really from birds), bread with butter and honey.
◽️ Drinks: Black tea, herbal tea from different regions, kompote (stewed fruits), vodka, samogon (village vodka ) and different types of tinctures.
So it’s only a small part of what you need to see in Russia and of course you may check other post with best Moscow cafes/restaurants with local food from lowest to highest prices.
If you want to try the best food with us you may enjoy our upcoming Gastrotour with our best guides.
P.s.be careful that sometimes some street gastro tours offer khachapuri, lobio, shaverma..but it’s all georgian cuisine..print the list above and go bravely to traditional food restaurants;)
With best wishes and hugs from Russia.