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National cuisine of Ukraine for gourmets. Authentic recipes, delicacies and specialties

Ukraine is a country of steppes, the fertile soil of which endows Ukrainians with grain crops, as well as potato, cabbage, beetroot and other vegetables. Traditional Ukrainian cuisine includes bread products, a wide variety of vegetables and meat, mainly beef, pork and chicken. Some dishes are cooked in many different variations, for example, Ukrainians’ favorite borscht can be cooked with any meat or can be cooked vegetarian style. A sour cream is often added to the borscht. The same applies for soups in general – due to the huge choice of vegetables, residents of Ukraine know a large number of ways to cook soups to suit any taste.
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Neighboring Poland, the homeland of sausages that Ukrainians love so much, had some influence on the Ukrainian cuisine. Meat on Ukrainian soil is generally held in high esteem: the popular cabbage rolls are stuffed with beef and rice, meat aspic is meat jelly, the piquancy of which is spiced up by herbs. Salo is used as a separate dish or in sandwich. Often Ukrainians eat okroshka, a popular Slavic dish, which is very easy to prepare. It is a cold soup prepared with chopped sausage or ham and vegetables, and then the ingredients are flooded with kvass or kefir. Sour cream and boiled eggs are added too. Such a dish is refreshing on hot days, and it has many methods of preparation. Chicken pilaf is widespread. This is a hot dish from rice, chicken and carrots, which is eaten for dinner or as a second dish during lunch.
Appetizing and fragrant potato pancakes are called “derun” or “dranik”. They are popular not only because of their excellent taste, but also because of being filling, ease of preparation and availability, for the reason that only potatoes, onions, flour, eggs and vegetable oil are needed for their preparation. This dish also has variations: you can add cottage cheese, meat, mushrooms and other products. Ukrainians like potatoes fried, boiled, chopped, whole, and it is peeled before cooking or boiled with the peel. Cabbage is not inferior to potatoes in terms of popularity: it is boiled, braised, picked, and added to soups and second dishes. Ukrainians love taking a snack break with potato or cabbage pies, which are also eaten over a cup of tea. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Hombovci is buns in the form of balls, which are made of dough, cottage cheese or potatoes, often breaded. Hombovci is tasty on its own, but is even more delicious with a filling. Cherries, plums, any jam, chocolate or halva are often used as a filling. Berries, sliced ​​fruits, jam and sweet cottage cheese wrapped in dessert pancakes are called “nalistniki”. The Ukrainian version of the famous strudel, sweet roll cake, is prepared with apples, nuts and poppy seeds. Dessert dumplings with cherries are popular too. A wonderful refined cake called “flodni” was borrowed by Ukraine from Hungary. It has several fillings at once: apple, poppy and walnut.
“Uzvar” or “vzvar” is a traditional Ukrainian drink. As a matter of fact, it is water to which dried fruits, berries or herbs are added and then boiled. In ancient times, this beverage was a Christmas drink, but nowadays it is drunk at any time, especially during the hot summer. In addition to “uzvar”, Ukrainians drink rye kvass during the hot season. This drink can be found in any store. Compote is a common drink, which is especially good when drinking it hot in winter. Thick ryazhenka – fermented milk product, is helpful for digestion. With regards to alcohol, Ukrainians prefer the honey drink called “Medovukha”, vodka with pepper and ginger called “varenukha”, “spotikach” made of cherry or plum. Let us not forget the most popular and favorite drink of Ukrainians “horilka”, prepared on the basis of potatoes or beets.
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On holidays, Ukrainians eat fried fish, poppy cake, mushrooms, potato pancakes. It is hard to imagine a Ukrainian New Year table without the salad “Olivier”, different types of sausages, and sweet donuts called “pampushki”. There is also a special dish for commemoration of the deceased. It is a sweet wheat porridge called “kutya” with honey or sometimes with raisins. Table etiquette of Ukraine does not differ too much from the standard European one. Keeping your hands under the table, resting them on the seat or putting them on your knees is considered to be rude. During a feast, wrists should always be visible, but the elbows are not put on the table. As a sign of politeness, guests should ensure they eat the entire portion of the dish placed in their plate. Ukrainians often eat soup with a piece of bread. At breakfast adults eat sandwich with coffee, while children are fed more thoroughly, usually with semolina or oatmeal porridge.
It is not an acceptable practice among Ukrainians to go to cafes and restaurants often. Many working-class people and students can go to the cafe often due to lack of time for cooking, as well as to meet with friends. Ukrainians of medium and low income visit restaurants only during weddings, anniversaries and funerals, as they can rarely afford lunch or dinner in a good restaurant. Guests of the country should visit the Kievan restaurant “Hutorets na Dnipri”, which serves authentic Ukrainian dishes. There is a popular restaurant in Odessa called “Dacha”. In another Odessian restaurant called “Molodost”, you can eat relatively cheap, but good food.
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Cuisine and restaurants in popular cities of Ukraine

Dnepropetrovsk
One of the most unusual establishments in the city is the restaurant complex "Reporter", in incomparable interior of which several epochs were embodied at once. The location of the restaurant complex is a stylish three-storey building of triangular shape. On the first floor, there is a bar where you can drink a mug of cold beer and watch a sports match. On the second floor, there is an attractive coffee house, where you can find refined coffee and wonderful sweets. At the highest floor there … Read more
Kiev
A wide range of dishes of national cuisine are offered by O’Panas restaurant. Its present menu includes popular soups, meat dishes, and a variety of desserts. The Panska Vtiha restaurant will delight guests not only with a rich menu, but also with an interesting entertainment program. It has the unusual status of "folk restaurant" – that’s because regular entertainment program features the best dance and music groups from Kiev. In Kiev, there are restaurants of different styles. The … Read more
Hurzuf
Among the classic Ukrainian dishes is popular aromatic and rich borsch with lard or dumplings, one plate of this hearty dish can satisfy you all day. Local chefs prepare a lot of interesting culinary masterpieces from meat and poultry. In each national restaurant guests are offered "vareniki" with cherries and elegant sweet pies. There is also a lot of ethnic Crimean Tatars in Gurzuf, whose cuisine somewhat resembles the Mediterranean one. The basis of their cooking is meat dishes, for the … Read more
Alushta
If it is about dinner, which should be special and memorable, then it is worth paying attention to the popular cafes and restaurants of Alushta. A real local attraction is the restaurant "Pekin", built in the form of a Chinese pagoda. This is a popular Chinese restaurant with impeccable service and a stylish menu. The restaurant is aimed at wealthy visitors, who are many among the guests of the resort. Also, one of the most attractive restaurants in the city is the "Vstrecha"; it specializes … Read more
Lviv
A rich selection of European cuisine dishes is presented in the Culinary Studio Kryva Lypa. Guests will be stunned with the vast choice of salads, fish and meat dishes, refreshing drinks and delicious desserts. This budgetary inn will be a perfect place for a family visit. A full diner of three courses will cost about 15 Euro. One of the most romantic eating places of Lvov is considered to be Bianco Rosso Pasteria. The Italian cuisine is in the heart of its menu, however the chef’s … Read more
Odessa
The Golden Fleece (“Zolotoe Runo”) restaurant specializes in traditional European cuisine. Its visitors can set comfortable in soft cozy arm chairs. The hall of the restaurant is decorated in warm cream tones and shades. The menu of the eating house presents popular Ukrainian dishes. The guests will discover an excellent choice of treats of Italian and Spanish cuisine as well. One of the main features of the eating house is an impressive sizing of served treats. The most attractive city … Read more
Kharkov
The Victoria restaurant offers its guests top Ukrainian dishes. The place has a very impressive decor. The restaurant serves visitors almost around the clock, so you can have a family breakfast or a romantic dinner there. Those preferring exotic signature dishes are recommended to visit the Alibi restaurant. The menu there provides a decent selection of fish and meat dishes. Regulars especially appreciate bay scallops with mango sauce and stuffed quail. Fans of meats are recommended to taste … Read more
Koktebel
For economical travelers, a real find will be numerous cafes and restaurants, which offer pretty high-quality fast food. A huge selection of such institutions is situated on the "Desantnikov Street", as well as on the waterfront. In attractive restaurants you can order hot dogs or hot sandwiches, drink beer and try several kinds of pizza. It is worth noting that the pizza in Koktebel is simply excellent, experienced culinary experts prepare it in different variants. For those who do not … Read more

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