Russia’s gastronomic attractions

Russia is the biggest country in the world, and it is little wonder that the cuisine varies, alongside the time zones. Many different nations and cultures contributed to the Russian cuisine, which makes it extremely diverse and fascinating.

Saint-Petersburg

 

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Публикация от Юлия Кононевич (@yulia_kononevich)

There are two things that every tourist in Saint-Petersburg has to try. First of all, it’s pyshki, which are a fluffy kind of donuts, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Try them with a latte, and this combination will take you to heaven.

Another product, which marks the closeness of the city to the sea, is korushka.

 

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Публикация от Александр Каменев (@kerlink632)

This is the Russian name for the European smelt. Dried, they serve as a wonderful beer snack.

Kazan

Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, which is a part of the Russian Federation. Cooking traditions of this area include different pies and sweets that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

 

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Публикация от Dmitry Grigoriev (@at8eqeq3)

The most famous dish is called “echpochmak”. It’s a little triangular pie, very juicy, made from yeast dough, with meat and potatoes. Usually, they use lamb because Tatarstan is a Muslim republic, and they don’t eat pork. Belyash has a lot in common with echpochmak. It’s a round little pie with minced meat. Many people eat them during lunch as a quick snack.

 

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Публикация от Punnie Pun (@punniepun102)

Those who have a sweet tooth may want to try chak chak. It’s a sweet mass made from a very light fluffy pastry and covered in honey. Traditionally eaten with tea.

 

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Публикация от | Olga Romasenko | NL int (@romassshka_)

Basturma is known and loved in many Turkic countries. You can also try this kind of dried meat in Kazan. Usually, it’s made from horse meat, because traditionally, the Tatars were nomads, and horse meat was always accessible.

 

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Публикация от Бастурма (@basturma__vl)

Vladivostok

 

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Публикация от Магазин Морепродуктов 🦀АМУР🦀 (@krab_krd)

Not many tourists are aware of the fact that to try crab it isn’t necessary to go to a tropical island. You can also try this shellfish in Russia, and not just any but the biggest crab in the world – the red king crab, also called Kamchatka crab. They are native to the Bering sea, that’s why in Vladivostok you can try the freshest and tastiest crab.

The Altay region

 

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Публикация от Фотоконтент. Фотограф. СПб (@fotokontent)

Here you can find the most incredible untouched nature, picturesque meadows, transparent streams and mountains. A great variety of all kinds of herbs and flowers, which grow here, means they produce one of the most fragrant and high quality honey on the planet. It’s believed to help against many illnesses as well, because many of the herbs in Altay are medicinal.

Ekaterinburg

 

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Публикация от Елена (@lisalestr74)

Ekaterinburg is the biggest consumer of pelmeni in Russia. The climate in the Ural mountains is tough and cold, so the food must be nourishing and smoking-hot.  

Pelmeni are a lot like the Italian ravioli. Little meat or fish balls covered in pastry are usually served with the broth and sour cream. The best pelmeni are made 100% manually.

Also, here you can try pies with different fillings like cabbage, fish and meat that are called kulebyaki and rasstegayi.  

 

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Публикация от Пан Марципанъ (@panmartsepan)

Tula

 

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Публикация от ООО «Медовые традиции» (@medovyetradicii_tula)

Have you ever heard about the pryanik? An original recipe for this traditional Russian sweet – something in between a sweet bread and an iced cookie – was created in this city. Nowadays it’s not just a dessert but a real brand that represents Russia abroad. It’s made in different shapes and with designs. You can take them home as souvenirs because they don’t go bad for a long time.

Sochi

 

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Публикация от Доставка еды в Сочи — Шампур (@shampoorcom)

Sochi is a city in the Caucasian region of Russia, which was for centuries inhabited by many different small nations like Ossetians, Kabardians, Chechens and so on. Their cuisine has a lot of different dishes cooked from different kinds of meat with spices cooked on open fire or in a stove. For example, in this city there are many places where you can try shashlik. It’s meat skewered and cooked on open fire, which has been cooked in marinade for 2-8 hours. A true shashlik is very soft and tender with a slight scent of smoke to it. Usually served with vegetables and red wine.

You can also try the interesting local sweet – churchhela. To cook it they thread nuts and then immerse them in a thick mixture of flower and pomegranate juice. It looks like a little colorful sausage and is extremely tasty.

 

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Публикация от Чурчхела Нугбари (@nugbarirus)

Krasnodar

 

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Публикация от clocloclo (@clocloclo8)

The South of Russia is as rich in cooking traditions as any other region. One of the most delicious things that you can try there is borsch. It’s a soup based on a meat broth with cabbage, beetroots, carrots and onions. It seems very simple but only a very skillful cook can prepare a real traditional borsch. In Krasnodar it’s usually served with little garlic buns and sour cream.

Astrakhan

 

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Публикация от Taverna Grolle (@tavernagrolle)

This city is a real paradise for those who love fish. Here you can try hundreds different sea and river kinds of fish. What you certainly need to try first is a traditional Russian fish soup – uha. It’s cooked on slow fire from fish and seafood, with tomatoes, potatoes and onions.  

Astrakhan always loved to drink tea but they invented their own recipe, perfect for hard nomad life. It’s strong green tea with milk, salt and butter. Such a dish is very nutritious and warming, especially if it’s served with a specialty of this region – walnut jam.

 

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