One of the best aspects of international tourism
is the food from different cuisines that travellers can sample. Russian cuisine is among the most nutritious in the world as the locals in much of the country have to suffer extremely long and harsh winters. If you want to have the local dishes, you can pick Moscow packages as the city is home to numerous restaurants. Here is information of popular Russian dishes and the places in Moscow that serve the best of these.
Soups and Salads
One of the most popular cold Russian soups is Okroshka, made with cucumbers, boiled potatoes, boiled eggs and meats like veal, beef or ham, and rye bread beverage, called kvass. Shchi, a hot cabbage soup, is an integral part of the culture of Moscow and has several proverbs attached to it. Ukha made with fish and root vegetables is flavoured with bay leaves, nutmeg, tarragon, dill, parsley and fennel seeds. Pickled cucumbers are stewed with beef kidneys and pearl barley to make Rassolnik. Solyanka has three variants, but all three use mushrooms or meat as the main protein. The soup, consumed most widely by the people of Moscow and the Russian Federation, is borscht, which is made with beetroots.
Vinegret salad is made with cooked carrots, potatoes and beetroots, sauerkraut, chopped onions and brined pickle. A salad of pickled herring, boiled vegetables, mayonnaise and onions is also popular in the Russian capital. Another fish salad is mimosa salad, which uses canned trout, mackerel or salmon along with eggs, onions, mayonnaise and cheese. Olivier salad is made with carrots, boiled potatoes, dill pickle, eggs, green peas, onions, celeriac, tart apples and a meat like chicken, ham or bologna.
Fish and meat have been integral parts of Russia’s food as agricultural is not possible everywhere in the country. Coulibiac is salmon, buckwheat, mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, dill and onions, stuffed in puff pastry or brioche shell.
Meat is primarily cooked in three ways: a large boiled chunk braised in a broth or porridge, baked livers and kidneys served with porridge, or large or whole fowl birds baked in a traditional oven. The renowned meat dumplings, Pelmeni, contain a stuffing of minced meat. One of the most famous Russian meat preparations, stroganoff has sautéed beef in a sour cream sauce. A French-inspired delight, chicken Kiev is pounded chicken fillets with a filling of butter and coating of eggs and breadcrumbs; these dumplings can be fried or baked. Orloff is a pie with a filing of braised veal loin, onions and mushrooms, and topping of béchamel and cheese. Pounded chicken or veal is coated with breadcrumbs to make Pozharsky cutlets.
A hearty porridge is made in Moscow with buckwheat and eaten for instant nourishment. Another healthy buckwheat dish is pancake, called blini, served with butter or sour cream. Knish is dumplings, in which the filing is of mashed potatoes onions and sauerkraut. A fresh cheese, called tvorog, is mixed with butter, heavy cream, almonds, vanilla, radish, fruits and spices, and then formed into pyramids to make paksha, a dish eaten during the Russian Easter. Vatrushka is a pie, wherein a pastry or pirog shell is stuffed with tvorog.
Other Russian Dishes
One of the most prized and expensive food items on earth, caviar is a Russian culinary icon. The eggs of a particular fish species, caviar is generally eaten raw as an accompaniment with a variety of dishes. Close to the hearts of the people of Moscow
, the Kulich bread is mainly eaten during Easter. An alcoholic beverage with Russian origin which is now consumed throughout the world is vodka, and you can get the best of these in Moscow. Medovukha, a honey-based liquor, is the Russian variant of mead. Honey is also used to make a hot beverage, known as sbiten, which gives respite in the cold weather of Moscow. Syrnikis are pancakes of tvorog that are served with sour cream, apple sauce, honey or jam.
Best Dining Venues in Moscow
During your Moscow holidays
, you can have a nice meal at a multitude of restaurants and cafes across the city. Some of the most popular dining venues here are Godunov, Genazvale, Mari Vanna, Mu-Mu, Chaikhona N1, Coffeemania Cafe, Delicatessen Cafe, Restaurant, Ragout and Cafe Pushkin.