We tuck into everything from jellied meat to fruit soup for an authentic taste of Mother Russia.
If you had to come up with a list of well-known Russian dishes, you might struggle to get beyond the holy trinity of caviar, borscht and vodka before throwing your napkin on the table. But the largest country in the world stretches 5,000 miles from end to end and packs in all sorts of culinary curiosities along the way.
1. Selyodka Pod Shuboy
‘Herring under a Fur Coat’ is a don’t-miss party buffet basic served up across Russia. There’s no actual fur involved (hopefully), but instead it’s a garish salad layered with pickled herring, eggs, potatoes, beetroot, carrots and dressing in a multi-coloured, multi-storey food mountain.
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Kholodets is a hard sell – it’s basically jellied meat and gets its name from the word ‘kholod’, which translates as cold in Russian. It’s perfect for filling up on freezing winter days (of which there are many) and goes well with a shot or two of vodka – aspic and alcohol will keep out any chill.
This turgid soup is as thick as they come and a bowl could keep you going for days. There are three versions – meat, fish or mushroom – but all contain pickled cucumbers, brine, cabbage, mushrooms, onions, lemon and dill. Solyanka derives from the word for ‘salt’ and one spoonful will tell you why.
4. Doktorskya kolbasa
Такая вот кулинарная геометрия. Пойдем и мы соорудим себе вкусный бутерброд, пожалуй. This culinary geometry is so cute! Like if you want to go and make such sandwich for yourself now! #russianfood_usa #instafood #vscofood #manhattan #russianfood #russianfoodusa #russianamerica #русскаяамерика #russiancusine #foodie #yummy #brightonbeach #bologna #бутерброд #sandwich
The sausage is sacrosanct in Russian culinary tradition, and this beef-and-pork mash-up has been propping up open sandwiches across the country for centuries. The name means ‘Doctor Sausage’, which is stretching the truth a little considering the calorie count.
Do you like #kissel? We do very much, but there’s always not enough time to make it. So we use instant kissel – it’s not less tasty but quick to make. Choose raspberry-cranberry or black currant flavour and enjoy! ? Любите #кисель? Мы – очень, но варить его зачастую совсем нет времени. Именно для таких случаев и создан кисель быстрого приготовления, который вы можете купить в нашем магазине. В наличии черничный и малиново-клюквенный вкусы. #russianfood_usa #russiandrink #fruits
You don’t often see soup served for dessert, but then this is no ordinary soup. The Slavic word means ‘sour’ and the description is spot on. This is a bowl full of tart goodness – sour fruits such as cranberries, cherries or redcurrants mixed with water and a little potato starch to thicken.
Chicken or bologna is an eternal discussion when we talk about #okroshka. If you are more into second option – we’ve got something for you here: 801 W 181 st St. New York NY 10033 ? Курица или вареная колбаса – вечный спор, когда дело касается окрошки. Но если вы все же за второй вариант, то обязательно загляните в наш отдел колбасных изделий – там есть, из чего выбрать. #russianfood_usa #instafood #vscofood #manhattan #russianfood #russianfoodusa #russianamerica #русскаяамерика #russiancusine #foodie #yummy #brightonbeach #окрошка
Another cold summer soup with a twist, okroshka is basically a Russian salad with a fizzy drink poured over the top. The drink is kvas, a rye-based concoction with a thousand-year history and legendary claims to its nutritional value. After a dip in popularity, it’s having a rebirth as a healthy homegrown brew.
Drinking vodka is pretty much a national pastime in Russia – the country guzzled a billion litres of the stuff in 2014 – and this anti-diet delicacy of cured pork fat makes the perfect stomach liner, with a few onions and pickles on the side – all part of your five-a-day, of course.