Alternative souvenirs from Kazan: for Gastronomes and Tea-lovers

In Kazan for the first time? Have no idea what to take with you as a souvenir? Here are 5 things a gastronome would definitely appreciate.

Tatar tea

The English and the Tatars have something in common. They both were once empires and they both love their  tea. Go to the nearest “Bahetle” shop for a few packs of Tatar tea. You won’t be disappointed. If you want to have an authentic souvenir, choose the packs with the inscription “Заваривать с именем Аллаха” (“Brew in Allach’s name”). Marjoram (мәтрүшкә in Tatar) is an essential ingredient in the Tatar tea. You can by it at any urban market.

Price: ≈$0.5 and up

Places to buy: “Bahetle”, urban markets.

 

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Tatar delux cheese

A posh delicacy from Tatar cheesemongers is the Tatar delux cheese. It was made available in 2014 and is considered a masterpiece. If you miss hard cheese like parmesan, you should try Tatar delux. It is claimed to have a “pure taste” and a “note of traditional Italian cheese”.

Price: ≈$14 and up

Places to buy: “Bahetle”, “Edelweiss

 

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Talkysh-kaleve and kosh-tele

Talkysh-kaleve is sweet, melting in your mouth conic frustums from flour, butter, honey and water. It is a real secret treasure of Tatar cuisine. It is still a mystery why talkysh-kaleve is not as popular as Chak-chak.

Kosh-tele is a thin deep fried sweet piece of dough. It is a simple, but a nice delight that you find at every Tatar table.

Price: ≈$3.5 for a pack and up

Places to buy: “Bahetle”, “Dobraya Stolovaya” (21 Ulitsa Baumana), groceries and gift shops.

 

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Cream-honey with fruit and berry additives

It is commonly known as Bashkir honey in Russia. But Tatar producers will surprise you with their ingenuity. They whip honey till it’s creamy and add orange peel, cranberry, bilberry, raspberry, strawberry, ginger, lime and so on and so forth. The tender souffle doesn’t dry out and is very good with cheese, wine, dry fruit or marjoram tea. NB! Honey, dried prunes and apricots are essential at a tea party in Tatarstan.

Price: ≈$3 for a jar and up

Places to buy: “Latteria” (19 Ulitsa Absalyamova).

 

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Alcoholic balms

A bottle of Tatar alcoholic balm could make a nice souvenir. It is prepared from natural herbs, with honey and oils. The balms are all different in taste, and are similar only in their very mild flavour. Try “Tundra”, “Chistay”, “Tatarstan”, “Bugulma”, “Elabuga”. The drink is also said to be an energy booster. Add a teaspoon into tea or coffee and enjoy the nice taste.

Price: ≈$5 and up

Places to buy: Tamle (35 Ulitsa Esperanto), Arysh Mae shops (27 Ulitsa Daurskaya, 30 Zalesnaja, 1 Frunze)

 

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