In the run-up to the UEFA Champions League that will take place in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, we want to tell about the most delicious food of the Ukrainian cuisine.
The national cuisine of Ukraine is very diverse. The tasty authentic food is a part of the country's history, tradition, and lifestyle. It comprises hundreds of recipes all over the state as well each region of Ukraine has its own particular variations of some dishes. However, there is certainly some world-famous food that is always associated with Ukraine.
First of all, it is borshch. It is a soup made out of beets, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, dill, however, some hostess can add other ingredients. Totally, it can contain up to 30 ingredients. There are about 30 varieties of borshch all over Ukraine and it can contain fish or meat depending on the region.
Traditionally, borshch is eaten with pampushky: soft bread with garlic butter that perfectly shades the taste of the food.
Also, a lot of people eat borshch with salo or cured fatback with a piece of black bread. Salo represents hospitality and wealth of the family.
The second dish commonly known outside Ukraine is varenyky: dumplings with numerous kinds of the filling that depends on the wish and imagination of the chef or guests of the country.
Usually, varenyky are divided into two types: savory and sweet. The savory varenyky can be stuffed with meat, potato, cabbage, mushrooms and fried onion. The majority of cafes and hostesses serve the savor varenyky covered with shkvarky or pork cracklings.
Sweet varenyky are usually filled with cherries or strawberries and served as dessert. Also, they can be covered with honey or sugar.
The next dish is holubtsi or cabbage rolls. Usually, people wrap different fillings such as ground meat or vegetable with rice in cabbage leaves. The holubtsi are lightly fried and then stewed with tomato, mushroom and sour cream or some other sauce.
Depending on the region and season, the stuffing can vary as well as wrapping. It can be from leaves of grape or beetroots leaves too.
Talking about drinks, kvass and uzvar are the most famous. Uzvar is a non-alcoholic sweet beverage made of dried fruits or berries sweetened with honey or sugar. The most popular added fruits are dried apples, apricots and pears; however, some people add prunes.
Kvass is a well-known Slavic beverage made from rye bread or black bread. It may be flavoured with fruits such as strawberries and raisins, honey or with herbs such as mint.