Of course I couldn’t leave Ukraine without first trying Ukrainian food.
I’m not going to pretend I tasted a lot of it because to be quite honest, not a whole load of it was that appealing to me.. But I did try my best to sample the local delicacies where I could find them!
We ventured to Korchma Taras Bulba a very well known popular Ukrainian restaurant located in Kiev. Aimed at tourists, just like me actually, who want to try the food and don’t know where to go.
Walking in, the atmosphere was lively with customers wearing Ukrainian costumes and music playing. Even people were dancing! The decor was really different with photographs lining the walls and all sorts to look at in terms of quirky decorations.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen somewhere that caters to so many languages!
We started with a local beer and I took the waiters recommendation landing me with some strong cherry shot of whatever the local vodka based spirit they make. Safe to say I had to pour it in to a mixer and sip it slowly!
I’d been wanting to try the local delicacy all week – Borscht. I didn’t want to leave the country without tasting it since it seems to be the most popular dish.
Made commonly with beetroot this is a popular soup often eaten in Eastern Europe. It did not disappoint! But I must admit I enjoyed the Hungarian soup I tried a few days earlier also in Kiev. You can read about that here.
Finally of course I couldn’t visit Kiev without eating a Chicken Kiev!
A super garlicky dish where a chicken breast is covered with a breadcrumb coating and a garlic sauce filling. One of my favourites that I often eat back home and I’m sure everybody has tried at least once.
So next time you fancy trying something new why not taste Ukrainian food?