What to eat in Belarus?
As a girl who is trying to be a good hostess, first of all I lay the table ;) Hope you'll enjoy.
So…What to eat in Belarus?
In fast-food and plenty-of-exotic-cuisines times there are still some cafes and restaurants keeping culinary traditions in Belarus.
If you ask what Belarusians eat, one would remember potatoes and would call draniki (дранікі) a national dish. According to restaurants e-guides, you can try these famous thick pancakes from grated potatoes at more than fifty places in the capital of the country – Minsk. Cooks fill them with pork, mushrooms or combine with caviar or sour cream (not sweet yoghurt).
But it is far from being all that Belarusian cuisine can please you with. The unique sauce from meat and relish -- machanka (мачанка) is usually used with pancakes. And pancakes have been also known here for ages, since the times when peasants made them early in the morning and took to fields. Now the dish is popular both as a main course and as a desert, depending on the filling, which can be done from fruits, cottage cheese, meat or whatever you would like. There are some museums that are recreating customs of Belarusian village. There you can see pancakes are being made in a stove.
In a daily life real stoves from brick are replaced with ovens and microwaves, that’s why jugs are becoming amazing to us. But every menu that has “Belarusian dishes” page also has a part “dishes in jugs” in it. Inside a jug you can find a roast meat or any varieties from potatoes.
Apart from trying nice traditional food you can look at traditional Belarusian interior with frescos and wood engraving in specialized cafes or restaurants. Some of them give unusual vision of it. Many places work for their originality, reproducing of traditional Belarusian rural house or an ancient castle look. The food can be done on coals and be served by waitress in stylized uniform.
However, in the most of menu like in the ration of most Belarusians, our national dishes are adjoined with others’ ones. Many restaurants and cafes often offer popular pizza, sushi, foie gras and so on, while at home people usually cook something simple and fast to do (it can be cereals, potatoes, meat rissoles, chops, fish, salads and soups).
Bon appetit! Or in Belarusian: “ Смачна есці! (Smachna Yesti!)”
P.S.: I had luck to see (unfortunately not to try) some dishes at culinary contest in my little native town. That’s considered to be in public catering places. I would like to share these pics with you too. More so that there was a table in traditional Belarusian style.
P.S.S.: And this is the national dish of the lazy girl;) something, that I’m going to eat now)))