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Polish culinary dislikes


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
29 Dec 2009  #1
These are some of the things I have found most Poles do not fancy when they first try them. Some eventually acquire a taste through repeaterd expoure or pretend to for reasons of snobbery.

Most Poles donot take to kindly to:
- Marmite
- licorice
- root beer
- whiskey
- maple syrup
- peanut butter
- marshmallows
- snails
- frog legs
- squid
- mutton
- mint sauce (to accompany mutton)
- instant mashed potatoes
- Mexican food in general
- apple pie & cheddar chese
- salting apples and watermelon

Would you know of any others?
time means 5 | 1,310
29 Dec 2009  #2
Anyone who dislikes Marmite simply has no taste at all!

apple pie & cheddar chese

I usually have mine with custard.
leslangueursdes - | 3
29 Dec 2009  #3
I don't know about anyone else, but i knew a Polish girl who likes marmite, and a Polish boy who didn't. Probably most of the things you listed would divide opinion fairly evenly, regardless of background...
convex 20 | 3,978
29 Dec 2009  #4
Anything spicy.
Ironside 48 | 9,796
29 Dec 2009  #5
root beer

whiskey

- snails
- frog legs
- squid

instant mashed potatoes

- marshmallows

I dislike above !

apple pie & cheddar chese
- salting apples and watermelon

never tested !

Anything spicy.

yummy !
Sasha 2 | 1,083
29 Dec 2009  #6
Polonius your list may be well-applied to a Russian. And I seem to be the only Russian who likes licorice. :)
I think there're lots of more tasty things to eat in Poland than i.e. peanut butter.
ooshak - | 28
29 Dec 2009  #7
I love Marmite, squid, instant mashed potatoes and love Mexican food. I cook and eat food more spicy than any average Pole could ever taste. as to the rest of things on the list -i totally agree.

Most my Polish friends drink both Whisky and Whiskey so I don't know why it's on your list. Maybe becuase of the girls?

I wonder how much willing are your Polish friends to try anything new and potentially dangerous? ;)
I generally try to avoid new stuff if I don't know what it is.

What about foreigners in Poland?
I would put on my list:

flaki (soup made of cow stomachs cut to pieces)
kapusta kiszona (sour cabbage)
smalec (greasy white thing with pieces of fried bacon we put on bread)
maślanka (hmmm)
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
29 Dec 2009  #8
not a fan of marmite. i like licorice, marshmallows (who doesn't??), apple pie is very popular in Poland (jabłecznik mmm) do you mean have it with cheese?? i like mint sauce but only with onion bhajis :) and squid is quite nice too. mexican food is good but i don't like spicy stuff so only the mild things...

flaki (soup made of cow stomachs cut to pieces)
kapusta kiszona (sour cabbage)
smalec (greasy white thing with pieces of fried bacon we put on bread)
maślanka (hmmm)

but it's all good stuff. what about:

czernina (soup made with blood)
móżdżek cielęcy (calves brains)
zimne łapki (kurze nóżki w galarecie) (cold feet aka hens' feet in jelly)

oh and how do Polish people feel about pigs' trotters and oxtail soup? ;)
scrappleton - | 831
29 Dec 2009  #9
(soup made with blood)

damn.. what the hell? ;- (
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
29 Dec 2009  #10
doesn't sound appealing does it ;). in the olden days when a lad was visiting his potential wive's parents for dinner and they served him czernina, it meant that they didn't accept his advances. i wonder if he still had to eat it, or could he just stand up and leave...
scrappleton - | 831
29 Dec 2009  #11
dinner and they served him czernina, it meant that they didn't accept his advances.

Haha.. that would do it!
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
29 Dec 2009  #12
yeah, like the Addams family or something lol
ooshak - | 28
29 Dec 2009  #13
(soup made with blood)

and since we are talking about czernina, we should also mention kaszanka blood sausage (with groats)

tarczynski.pl/files/header/78/kaszanka_czarna.jpg
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
29 Dec 2009  #14
kaszanka is quite popular here, they call it black pudding :)
Wroclaw Boy
29 Dec 2009  #15
Lamb poles hate Lamb.
mafketis 20 | 7,331
29 Dec 2009  #16
IME Polish people take rapidly to Mexican food but don't like barbecue very much (or much of any English cooking).

Pumpkin pie was also not a big hit at Thanksgiving parties I've been to in Poland.
The biggest turn off however is soft white bread, which almost all Poles react to with something like revulsion.

And apple pie is not jabłecznik (a kind of cake and not a pie at all). I've never come across American style pie (with the right kind of crust) in Poland. Also, American style biscuits are unknown (as are their British cousins scones).

Polish food that IME most Americans find it hard to make friends with:
anything in aspic - especially fish,
any salad with fish hidden in it somewhere,
herring in almost any form,
kaszanka,
almost any other organ meats,
flaki,
słoniny,
metka łososiowa,
Polish cheesecake (too! dry! and eek! raisins!!!! what's with the raisins??????),
anything with lots of poppyseeds (I even like poppy seeds in small quantities but I've never been able to really enjoy makowiec).

The _idea_ of golonka and czarnina is not so appealing to most Americans, but IME they do enjoy them if they try them.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
29 Dec 2009  #17
Lamb poles hate Lamb.

it smells

Polish people take rapidly to Mexican food but don't like barbecue very much (or much of any English cooking).

i'd say that bbq food is quite big in Poland, we love it. it's called 'grill' and you have a grill party after grill party every summer, with loadsa beer. why do you say it is English cuisine??? i do agree though that Polish people don't tend to go crazy for the English food, especially those nasty sausages you get in supermarkets (they should not even be called sausages) and steak and kidney pie yuck. mexican food, not so sure about that, many Poles freak out at the thought of Chinese food, but they are quite fond of Indian, and of course pizza, Italian food in general is absolutely great.

Pumpkin pie was also not a big hit at Thanksgiving parties I've been to in Poland.

Thanksgiving parties in Poland? what?? i had my reservations but pumpkin pie is delicious, so is carrot cake, which is not that popular in Poland.

The biggest turn off however is soft white bread, which almost all Poles react to with something like revulsion.

???

I've never come across American style pie (with the right kind of crust) in Poland.

you mean the sort of crunchy/french cake with apple filling like in macdonalds? is that apple pie in the US? i feel sorry for you lot lol. what about the British apple crumble, that's quite nice.

American style biscuits are unknown (as are their British cousins scones).

not a big fan of the whole Sunday tea thing with scones, jam and double cream, too much fecking around with that lol
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
29 Dec 2009  #18
you mean the sort of crunchy/french cake with apple filling like in macdonalds? is that apple pie in the US? i feel sorry for you lot lol.

That's not good apple pie, it's just fast food. The apple pie that has the filling inside the crust, in the pie pan, with crust on top that is baked is really good.
mafketis 20 | 7,331
29 Dec 2009  #19
bbq food is quite big in Poland, we love it. it's called 'grill' and you have a grill party after grill party every summer, with loadsa beer. why do you say it is English cuisine???

There's a big difference between 'grill' and 'barbecue'

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbecue

And I meant that IME Poles don't much like American Bar-B-Q (esp with marinated meat) _or_ anything in English cooking, two separate dislikes. Yeah, I could've been a little clearer.

Thanksgiving parties in Poland? what?? i had my reservations but pumpkin pie is delicious, so is carrot cake, which is not that popular in Poland.

Parties held by Americans, to which Polish friends are invited. I've been to several, though not in the past few years. Most Polish people never got past their initial reservations about pumpkin pie (or sweet potatoes, which aren't potatoes at all).

And by 'white bread' I mean this:

blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/imgs/white%20bread.jpg

which has a very soft mushy texture (not at all like tosty). I've never met a Pole that liked it, most say things like 'biała wata' and 'nie da się jeść' about it. I tend to agree with them.

is that apple pie in the US?

No, true apple pie is baked: homemadeapplepie.net

And the crust is nothing really like the top or bottom of szarlotka.
ooshak - | 28
29 Dec 2009  #20
Poles don't much like American Bar-B-Q (esp with marinated meat)

IT IS the same as Polish "grill" -"grill" being a Polish word here, measning a different thing than the English word. Polish "grill"=barbeque and yes, with marinated meat. We do it quite well, e.g. karkówka, yummy!

Poland grill
mafketis 20 | 7,331
29 Dec 2009  #21
none of those pictures are of a barbecue (which requires smoke from wood and not just charcoal).

And barbecue marinade is nothing like anything used in Poland (which is very good, but it's not the same thing).

This is a barbecue smoker: this is another:
ooshak - | 28
29 Dec 2009  #22
I get it. Indeed, it has nothing to do with the Polish grill. I was referring to what I saw on American films. It always looked like Polish "grill" with charcoal
ShawnH 8 | 1,498
29 Dec 2009  #23
it has nothing to do with the Polish grill

Polish Grills are the best looking grills on the planet.
convex 20 | 3,978
29 Dec 2009  #24
Take a 55gal drum, saw it in half, put some hinges on it, drill some holes, throw some bolts in to hold the grill rack, buy a bunch of oak or beech... the start of a beautiful bbq.
mafketis 20 | 7,331
29 Dec 2009  #25
I was referring to what I saw on American films. It always looked like Polish "grill" with charcoal

Well Americans grill too, though not necessarily that well. I'd say that Polish people are better at grilling than Americans, but barbecue is another experience entirely for anyone who grew up with it (some Americans mix the two terms too, but purists make a distinction).
Wroclaw 44 | 5,388
29 Dec 2009  #26
This is a barbecue smoker:

for industrial sized portions... maybe.

we prefer not to use hollowed out 500lb bombs.

i agree with ooshak. but polish grills come in many sizes and what goes on them is left to the imagination of the chef.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
29 Dec 2009  #27
The barbeque slow cooks meat over low heat for a long period of time. The grill cooks meat fast over higher heat.

A sweet potato certainly is similar to potatos. They are roots.
ShortHairThug - | 1,103
29 Dec 2009  #28
My my mafketis, you’re so full of **** your ease are brown. Barbecue, grill and smoked meats are very popular in Poland; you might even say that smoking meat is our specialty. There’s more to cured or smoked meat then just beef jerky or pulled pork. Sweet potatoes or “Bataty” as they are known here, well some people like them some don’t, no one has aversion to them you moron, even in the US they are not eaten daily, most of the time you will have smashed potatoes as we do here and serve sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving or other special occasions and yes personally I don’t like them. Closest thing to the American Apple Pie is “Szarlotka” and contrary your claim liked by most Poles. Just like you were complaining about the poppy seed cake that it’s overwhelming for you I find American pie fillings, be it apple, cherry, etc. too much. I know you are used to it but I’m not and trust me; there is such a thing as too much of the good stuff. The only thing you are right about is the Wonder bread, that stuff is horrid.

Look on Google images for GRILLO-WĘDZARNIA and you will see what Polish BBQ looks like, of course most people don’t have them on wheels.
mafketis 20 | 7,331
29 Dec 2009  #29
ShortHairThug

Thank you for your thoughtful and very polite response. It might interest you to know that IME = in my experience (in other words I'm not making claims about 'everyone' just a majority of those people I've known). And I never claimed that Polish people don't like szarlotka, just that it's not at all the same thing as apple pie (despite often being translated as such).
Ironside 48 | 9,796
29 Dec 2009  #30
Lamb poles hate Lamb.

what a **** do you mean?, you beef. :P


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