One of the main tourist aspects of visiting Bucharest and Romania is the local cuisine. I’m happy to say that the Romanian food has something for everybody, from meat lovers to vegetarians , nobody will leave disappointed. Now we’re going to tell you about some Romanian dishes:
Mamaliga, or as some of you may know it already as “Polenta”, it’s a porridge made out of corn flower,you can eat it with some cottage cheese and some sour cream, or you can have it as a side-dish for the next item
Sarmale, this is the go-to dish that Romanians use to make the tourists spend as much time as they can in Romania. It’s minced meat rolled in pickled cabbage leaves and left in a pot to boil. It’s usually made for holidays and there is an unspoken contest all throughout Romania to find whose mother makes the best sarmale!
Mici, this is what the locals go crazy for. It’s grilled minced meat usually made out of pork or a mixture of beef and lamb. It’s very tasty and It goes so well with a beer.
Ciorba – different types of soups. Some of them sour, with borsch, some other creamy and very flavoured. Normally every lunch menu includes a soup, as we are big fans. One of the bests are: vegetable borsch, potatoes soup with tarragon and cream, beans soup with smoked ribs.
Papanasi, and for a finishing touch you have to enjoy the desert. The papanasi are made of dough that contains some sweet cheese, and it has the classical shape of the doughnut. Serve it with some sour cream and dark cherry jam and you’ll find yourself in heaven.
So, the key words for your traditional meal would be: pork, sour cream and garlic. Still, there are some tasty options for vegetarians also. You can also explore the local drinks here.
Pofta buna! (that’s Enjoy your meal!, in Romanian)