Taste of Russia: typical Russian food you should try

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Russian cuisine is the traditional cuisine of Russia, linked to the ways of life and the history of the Russian people. It has undergone the influences of the various cultures, ethnic groups, and religions present in the vast territory of the country, and has incorporated itself many dishes belonging to various nationalities taking part before the Russian Empire, then the Soviet Union, and finally the Russian Federation.

As a result, dishes, recipes, and eating habits change considerably in the various regions of the country. The basis of the diet of the large part of the population, once represented by the farmers, consisted of cereals and vegetables, which were used for the preparation of salads, soups, polenta, bread, and similar products. A popular saying says: “щи да каша, пища наша” (Šči and kasha are our food). Among the soups also remember the botvinja, the rassol’nike the borsh.

10 typical dishes not to miss in Russia

Shchi

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Cabbage soup that can be based on sauerkraut

Borscht

Borscht
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Soup made of broth, beetroot, and tomatoes with vegetables (onions, cabbage, tomato, carrots, and celery).

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Pelmeni

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Dumplings filled with meat wrapped in thin, pasta dough

Olivier Salad

Olivier Salad
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Diced potatoes, eggs, chicken or bologna, sweet peas, and pickles with a mayonnaise dressing

Kasha

Kasha
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Porridge made of buckwheat, millet, oat, wheat, or semolina.

Golubtsy

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Cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings, mainly meat.

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff
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Pieces of sautéed beef in sauce, with smetana (sour cream).

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Kotleta po Kievskiy

Котлета по-киевски
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French-inspired chicken cutlet with butter sauce as filling.

Bliny

Bliny
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Large pancakes with different sweet and sour fillings.

Pirozhki

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Small stuffed buns made of either yeast dough or short pastry, filled with different fillings.

Kvas

Kvas
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A fermented non-alcoholic beverage made from black or regular rye bread or dough.

Mors

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Soft drink prepared from berries, mainly from lingonberry or cranberry.

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Russian Vodka

Русский Стандарт
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