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Real Ukrainian cuisine: 9 dishes that surprise foreigners

Ukrainian cuisine is recognized as one of the most delicious in the world. However, even among Ukrainian national dishes, there are some that continue to surprise foreigners. Find out more about the Ukrainian national dishes that foreigners do not understand

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Ukrainian national cuisine is recognized as one of the tastiest cuisines in the world and is very popular among foreigners. You can find fans of Ukrainian borscht or dumplings in many parts of the world. However, certain dishes of the national cuisine of Ukraine can cause real surprise among foreigners, because sometimes it is very difficult to understand the combination of certain ingredients.

A list of Ukrainian dishes that are incomprehensible to foreigners follows.


Aspic


Kholodets is an integral part of the Ukrainian festive table. It consists of congealed broth with pieces of meat (chicken, beef, pork, turkey, etc.). For many foreigners, the combination of meat and jelly is incomprehensible, because in the cuisine of most countries of the world, jelly is usually sweet, and broth is only hot. Certain ingredients of jelly are also surprising - pig hooves, ears, skin or bones.




Salo


For many Ukrainians, lard is a real national symbol. Ukrainians have been consuming lard since ancient times, because this product has a lot of calories and can be stored for a long time. Foreigners cannot understand the taste of raw cold pork fat, even in combination with onions or garlic.

Fried lard or cracklings are actually also a rather specific dish, they were probably used to test Cossack strength.

Also, a strange combination even for many Ukrainians is lard with chocolate - small pieces of lard covered with chocolate glaze.


Buckwheat porridge


One of the oldest Slavic dishes, an important part of Ukrainian cuisine, rich in vitamins and useful minerals. It can be consumed as a side dish to meat or in combination with milk and butter. Instead, in the countries of Western Europe or America, this porridge is used to feed livestock, because it has long been considered a cheap product. That is why such a side dish on your table can greatly surprise a foreigner.


Hemorrhagic fever


The main ingredient of blood sausage is bull, calf or pig blood. For most Ukrainians, krovyanka is a familiar and favorite dish. On the other hand, foreigners do not understand the love for sausage made from animal blood.




Fermented cabbage


Sauerkraut is a classic dish of not only Ukrainian, but also Polish, Czech, German and Dutch cuisine. There is also an analogue of sauerkraut in Asia - Korean kimchi cabbage. However, the population of most countries of the world does not consume cabbage, let alone sauerkraut.


Kisyl


Kisil is a rather tasty and unusual drink. The combination of fruit and gelatin may surprise a foreigner, but not everyone will like it.


Stuffed fish heads


Stuffed fish is a very popular dish at many Ukrainian holidays, especially wedding banquets. However, the sight of a stuffed fish head can not only surprise, but also really frighten. 




Dried fish


Fish is an important part of Ukrainian cuisine, and dried fish is one of the most popular beer snacks. On the other hand, for many foreigners, the appearance and smell of such fish is unacceptable, most of them consider it a spoiled product.


Soup products


For many years, Ukrainians have been preparing broths from various soup products or baking pork liver for the holiday table. However, for many foreigners, these foods are part of history - dishes that were prepared for slaves.


We remind you! Earlier, we told you what world-famous and familiar dishes are included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Read more in our article.




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