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Expats' Polish food favourites


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
11 Jun 2011 #1
Are there any foods or meals in Poland that you as an expat without Polish roots have taken a particular fancy to and would gladly take back to your home country?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
11 Jun 2011 #2
I can't think of any.
Maaarysia
11 Jun 2011 #3
That's an honest answer! :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
11 Jun 2011 #4
Although I much prefer Scottish stuff like scampi and Moray Firth haddock, I'd say łazanki. Bigos is similar to what we already have in Scotland.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
11 Jun 2011 #5
That's an honest answer! :)

it is. i think Polish food is rather simple and bland. as well as that i find Polish sausage stomach churning.
Maaarysia
11 Jun 2011 #6
it is. i think Polish food is rather simple and bland.

I agree with you. And I'm a Pole :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
11 Jun 2011 #7
It has nothing on Asian cuisine for me but many Poles rate their food as the best in the world. It's seasonal food too. For example, I have no desire to eat pierogi in summer but they are nice in winter.
Maaarysia
11 Jun 2011 #8
I have no desire to eat pierogi in summer but they are nice in winter.

Even with blueberries?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
11 Jun 2011 #9
They are stodgy and for winter.
Maaarysia
11 Jun 2011 #10
Blueberries? stodgy? for winter?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
11 Jun 2011 #11
No, pierogi :)
pawian 161 | 9,971
11 Jun 2011 #12
it is. i think Polish food is rather simple and bland. as well as that i find Polish sausage stomach churning.

I once read a blog of a Polish woman whose pen fiance/boyfriend was English. Whenever he came to Poland, she fed Polish sausage to him and his ears were shaking with glee at its sight, smell and taste. :):):)

Wroclaw:
it is. i think Polish food is rather simple and bland.
I agree with you. And I'm a Pole :)

I dare to disagree. And I am a Pole. Flaki rules!
Wroclaw Boy
11 Jun 2011 #13
Kielbasa is good as long as youre willing to pay for the good stuff anything under 15 PLN / kg is usually full of bones and grissle also the skin (pigs intestine) can be really tough on the cheap crap.
Maaarysia
11 Jun 2011 #14
I dare to disagree. And I am a Pole. Flaki rules

There many good dishes in Polish cuisine but the average conseption of Polish food is rather poor: kotlet schabowy, kotlet mielony. I hate them both and I can't understand people who say that best what they would like to eat is schabowy.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
11 Jun 2011 #15
Polish sausages are nice once in a while. There is good mustard here to go with them.
Marynka11 4 | 675
11 Jun 2011 #16
I've cooked Polish food many times for my non-Polish friends. I seems that salatka, stuffed cabbage and zrazy are the winners.

What surprises me, people don't care for chlodnik. It's beyond my comprehension.
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
11 Jun 2011 #17
There is good mustard here to go with them.

The so called Russian mustard is great for sausages



Seanus 15 | 19,706
11 Jun 2011 #18
I like that one but I've been eating Roleski's English mustard imitation. Very good :)
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
11 Jun 2011 #19
Roleski

Roleski's good. Since we're talking about condiments let's not forget Pudliszki ketchup.



Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
11 Jun 2011 #20
credit where it's due. that's a good ketchup.
pawian 161 | 9,971
11 Jun 2011 #21
The so called Russian mustard is great for sausages

I tried it but without enthusiasm. I prefer honey mustard cream, made in Krakow - it is sweet and spicy, the combination I like very much:

Whenever I get a sweet-spicy tooth, I eat it with a spoon or finger straight from the jar.

Producer`s site:
ankorp.krakow.pl
delphiandomine 83 | 17,771
11 Jun 2011 #22
but many Poles rate their food as the best in the world.

Never understood this - it seems to me that the food itself is just a variation on the typical Northern European diet - meat, potatoes and vegetables, with a heart-attack inducing amount of salt.

I'm still not sure if the flavour in Polish food is due to the quality of the raw ingredients or the salt.

Anyway, Polish food is great in winter, but not so great in summer.
poland_
11 Jun 2011 #23
Zurek z kielbasa and Polish salads, I also like the idea of soups being served in a loaf of bread.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,671
11 Jun 2011 #24
Are there any foods or meals in Poland that you as an expat without Polish roots have taken a particular fancy to and would gladly take back to your home country?

POlish bread and Kubus
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
11 Jun 2011 #25
Kubus

u mean the kiddies drink ?
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,671
11 Jun 2011 #26
yeh especiallly the Kiwi and Banana....
the other day we drove 20 miles through the badlands to get to the Polski Sklep...I sent my kid in with orders to get the "snot coloured" Kubus....the shop owner was not impressed when he loudly repeated it back to me...
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
11 Jun 2011 #27
yeh especiallly the Kiwi and Banana....

i've never tried that one. and now that you've described it in the way you have, i doubt i will :)

i found kubus a bit too thick. a long time since i've had one though.

Maaarysia mentioned the blueberry pierogi, which are perfect for Summer, with cream and some sugar ;)

they are good, and a possible for taking home to mum.
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,884
11 Jun 2011 #28
polish food from time to time is OK but i can't eat it every day, waaay too heavy, everything is either fried, full of butter, loaded with salt or all of the above and it's just waaaay too much.

it's especially difficult to have a steady diet of polish food if you're an athlete or just a very active person. as an avid runner, i had to avoid a lot of polish cuisine because it destroys my stomach and makes me feel too weighed down.

i also found most traditional Polish food to be.....well.....not really polish per say. nothing uniquely polish about schabowy or sausage, rosol z kury, tomato soup, even stuffed cabbage is debateable.
Maaarysia
11 Jun 2011 #29
I think you can apply this rule to national cuisine of almost every country
Antek_Stalich 5 | 997
11 Jun 2011 #30
polish food from time to time is OK but i can't eat it every day, waaay too heavy, everything is either fried, full of butter, loaded with salt or all of the above and it's just waaaay too much.

Yeah, it's the cultural difference. You need to eat fat to survive heavy winters, for instance. The summertime food is decidedly lighter on the stomach. Have you tried the chłodnik soup, the ice-soup?

The Eastern Polish cuisine is the heaviest of all. I'm fond of barszcz ukraiński, the variety including plenty of vegetables, especially beans. Once, I was canoeing and me and an Orthodox friend made a supper. It was virtually dripping with fat! Nobody liked that except us two. Him, because he was from Eastern Poland, and I, because of my Eastern Lesser Poland roots ;)


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