5 Eastern European Cuisines Explained


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Eastern Europe is proud of its traditional foods. Eastern European cuisine is rich and hearty, and each Eastern European country has national dishes for travelers to enjoy. Eastern European traditional foods are one of the best parts of traveling to Eastern Europe.

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Beetroot soup (Borsch)
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Russian traditional foods include warm and cold soups, like borscht, which can be made in numerous ways, but always incorporates beets. Cucumber and other vegetable salads, often flavored with dill, frequently accompany Russian meals and dark breads, pickled vegetables, fish, caviar, and piroshki are popular Russian traditional foods as well. If you travel to Russia, you'll be offered tea, coffee, mineral water, or even vodka to wash down any of the delicious foods you're served during your trip.

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Men about to eat Pierogi
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Stuffed meats, hearty stews, sticky pastries, and regional fish dishes will also be found on Polish tables. In the restaurants, Poland's chefs are elevating the traditional fists with new twists on old favorites like the classic pierogi, the iconic Polish dumpling.

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Goulash with rice
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Hungary's traditional foods are most famously seasoned with paprika, and can sometimes come with a kick. Hungarian goulash is a dish enjoyed the world over, but Hungarians also love stuffed vegetables, fish dishes, and rich desserts. If you like sausage, Hungarian sausage makes a great hot or cold snack. When in Hungary, don't miss the chance to try langos, a kind of savory flat doughnut typically topped with cheese and sour cream.

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Banitsa cheese pie, a traditional Bulgarian snack
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Large meat eaters, Bulgarians like spicy meatballs and meat patties, and will serve up tasty one-pot meat and vegetable dishes in traditional restaurants or at the traditional Bulgarian table. Bulgarians also like fresh salads, especially when made with yogurt, to accompany most meals. Desserts are influenced by their Turkish neighbors, but you can also find traditional Bulgarian desserts like banitsa, which can be sweet or savory, if you really wish to sample the full range of Bulgarian cuisine.

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Pork goulash
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Romanian traditional foods are often well-seasoned with herbs. Salty fish dishes, vegetable soups, and casserole-like dishes can be found on Romanian menus. Crepes, danishes, and Mediterranean-inspired desserts finish off traditional Romanian meals.

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