Ukraine cuisine was forming for many centuries; it can explain the great variety of dishes which you can try during your travel in Ukraine. Some dishes are quite popular not only in neighboring countries but even abroad, to feel the right taste of it you should go to Ukraine. Thanks to favorable weather and climate conditions, the number of products used in cooking is quite wide. Ukraine cuisine took its shape when first cooks began to appear in monasteries but the formation has been finished only by ХIX century when such integral parts of it as sugar, tomatoes and eggplants became affordable.
The name of this dish salo is familiar to many people; it is the main topic of stereotypical anecdotes and funny stories about Ukrainians. We can't speak of Ukraine cuisine without mentioning this dish. Salo is actually a fat taken from the belly of pork. There are a lot of ways to cook it: to fry it, to smoke, to corn or to stew. One of the most popular snacks for vodka or horilka (Ukrainian variant of it) is a slice of salo with garlic on a piece of rye bread. You should obviously try this dish during your travel in Ukraine as it is a special symbol of Ukraine.
Next national pride is borsh — soup made of beets, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, onion, cabbage and meet, preferably beef. It is not simple to cook such dish, housewife was considered good if she could prepare tasty borsh. Choice of ingredients can vary in different regions or even houses but products listed above are compulsory. Borsh is usually dressed with sour cream and served with pampushkas which are specially made buns.
Varenyky are also a significant part of Ukraine cuisine. They are some kind of dumplings boiled in water with a stuffing inside. You can read about this dish in classic literature, for example Gogol mentioned varenyky in his novels. They can have different fillings, be salty or sweet.
Sweet varenyky with cherries are considered dessert and are served with sour cream while other kinds of varenyky are stuffed with cabbage, potatoes or meet. You can try original varenyky in many Ukrainian restaurants and cafes as this dish is still very popular.
Ukraine cuisine is an essential of Ukrainian culture so you should obviously take pleasure in trying to understand the soul of the nation. Bon Appetite!