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What do non-Poles think about eating the following Polish foods?


jon357 63 | 14,124
3 Apr 2019  #481
I blame our mothers! (or fathers if they cooked it,)in fact spinach is a lovely vegetable.

The same. I'd only ever had it from a can like Popeye and hated it. The first time I had it wilted in a pan with olive oil and herbswas a different matter.
Lyzko 23 | 6,540
3 Apr 2019  #482
You're right about that, paw! Anyhow, when I was last in Poland, I was much younger, plus, an inveterate speed walker:-)
10iwonka10 - | 396
3 Apr 2019  #483
I suppose we all have our 'hate food' from childhood. I quite like cabbage and golabki but I really don't like buckwheat....just smell of it gives me nausea.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,002
3 Apr 2019  #484
I have no problem with Flaki

I tried this years ago. I thought I was going to have a lovely roast beef dinner, and what I got was tripe in milk gravy. I have never forgotten the taste, it is truly disgusting!
Lyzko 23 | 6,540
3 Apr 2019  #485
Polish-style red cabbage, that's the ticket!
Chemikiem 6 | 2,002
3 Apr 2019  #486
we all have our 'hate food' from childhood.

Brawn, or Salceson as it's called in Poland. Yuk.
10iwonka10 - | 396
3 Apr 2019  #487
salceson...I like it with some vinegar on the top.I have not eaten it for ages.
OP pawian 161 | 9,846
3 Apr 2019  #488
The problem in Poland is that traditional ways of making spinach are kind of... meh,with frozen spinch

Yes, but I remember that shytty spinach from the times when I was a little boy, that was really long ago, they couldn`t have had frozen stuff then, and it looked the same as the one today. It means no matter if it was fresh or frozen and how you cook it , it always looks like cow shyt. :):)

Never heard about that sweet carp, must be even more disguising

Yes, one needs to get accustomed to it. But I like it for one thing - it`s fattty. When young, I refused to eat fat in meat or sausage. And I preferred to eat lean fish too. Now I prefer fatty fish like carp or salmon, not to mention my favourite - eel.

A red line for me is the way carrots are often served in PL. Diced, luke warm and in a dreadful sugary gloop.

Oh, yes, another thing I used to put on my sisters` plates when they weren`t looking during the meal . :):) Probably the invention of communism. :)

gotta agree with you on the eels though.......yuk!

Do you really mean the standard, snake-like eel? It`s delicious. It is the most expensive fish available in Polish supermarkets, mostly smoked.



Lyzko 23 | 6,540
3 Apr 2019  #489
I once tasted some delicious fish dish when visiting Szczecin. I was told it was a specialty of the region, but have forgotten what it's called.

The only thing I do remember was the barszcz, and that name stuck!
:-)
mafketis 20 | 7,253
3 Apr 2019  #490
it always looks like cow shyt

more like pure green deliciousness (with lots of kminek or garlic or with some vinegar) I grew up watching Popeye cartoons so I eats my spinach...

Carp is pretty meh for me, it has to handled right to avoid the muddy taste... lots better fish around (though I've never been a big fish eater). I have carp on wigilia primarily for the scales (in my wallet now...)
Miloslaw 6 | 2,149
3 Apr 2019  #491
Carp is pretty meh for me

Me too,it tastes of smelly old rivers......my family were more into pickled herring,which I didn't particularly like either,but at least it smelt of the sea.... :-)
delphiandomine 83 | 17,653
3 Apr 2019  #492
more like pure green deliciousness

A decent dark pasta with spinach (prepared with olive oil, sea salt and pepper) has always been a great go-to dish for me in a hurry. If it's cooked well, it really hits the spot.
jon357 63 | 14,124
3 Apr 2019  #493
same here; I'm not particularly fond of river fish except wild salmon and sometimes trout (so bony). Soused herring in it's various forms is one of the delights of Russian/Polish/Ukranian cuisine.
10iwonka10 - | 396
3 Apr 2019  #494
it always looks like cow shy

I remember it from school bland green mash- awful. I wonder if it was usually frozen one. I think that fresh, raw spinach leaves can be eaten like salad. Anyway it looks more attractive in UK on shop shelves.

Bit out of polish food - I like most dishes in UK but there is one thing I hate -egg custard tart. Not sure if we have anything similar in Poland. ?
Lyzko 23 | 6,540
3 Apr 2019  #495
Most institutional grub I'm sure tastes the same all over - LOUSY!!!
jon357 63 | 14,124
3 Apr 2019  #496
I wonder if it was usually frozen one

Frozen or possibly from big tins. The fresh stuff (we grow it at home in Warsaw) is lovely.

Most institutional grub I'm sure tastes the same all over - LOUSY!!!

Not always. I worked for an Italian company and the canteen food was excellent. Even better in office canteens in Saudi and Qatar; no expense spared, all free.
Lyzko 23 | 6,540
3 Apr 2019  #497
Italy, admittedly, I'd have expected such. Can't judge though the other places mentioned.
Not been inside a German school lunchroom in more than a decade, but there too, I can't remember anything
to write home about:-)
Miloslaw 6 | 2,149
3 Apr 2019  #498
Soused herring in it's various forms is one of the delights of Russian/Polish/Ukranian cuisine

It is,but not really to my taste,if my memory serves me correctly,Mum used to serve it up with raw onion rings.
Chemikiem 6 | 2,002
3 Apr 2019  #499
there is one thing I hate -egg custard tart

Ooh, I love them! Never seen them In Poland though. In Portugal they are called Pastel de nata, you can find them everywhere.

Soused herring

Love it :)
Miloslaw 6 | 2,149
3 Apr 2019  #500
but there is one thing I hate -egg custard tart.

Try "Flan" in France.......
jon357 63 | 14,124
3 Apr 2019  #501
raw onion rings.

The best way to do it. Sledzik often hs thinly sliced raw onions in. Or apple; I make it with both, and some lime or lemon zest.

A quick and easy meal (my invention) is to boil some potatoes, get a big jar of herring in oil -not matjas; that's too salty - btw, (there will be onion in the jar), pour a bit more than half of the oil away, cut the big pieces of herring into smaller ones, a bit bigger than you'd have in sledzik (scissors in the jar works well), drain the potatoes and put them on a very big plate, then pour the herring (the potatoes should still have steam coming off) over the potatoes, and serve. Great on a cold Warsaw evening.
Lyzko 23 | 6,540
3 Apr 2019  #502
Among desserts, I must confess to a weakness for jableczna with fresh beaten cream, yummy!
OP pawian 161 | 9,846
5 Apr 2019  #503
The worst thing I have eaten in Poland was 'Flaki soup'

I hated flaki till I was 13 when I went to a sports camp. After a strenuous canoeing practice on the lake, we had lunch in a local restaurant and flaki was the dish of the day. I devoured a giant bowl and was surprised it went down so smoothly. :)):

Flaki is a funny dish because it has always reminded me of octopus, squid or calamari - not only with its looks but also with this all dente feeling while gnawing (or chewing).
jon357 63 | 14,124
5 Apr 2019  #504
Polish-style red cabbage, that's the ticket!

I'm not fond of the Polish kind; it seems bland. If I buy any, I alsways pour some of the liquid off and add vinegar, whole allspice and peppercorns. It's still limp in texture though and slightly decomposed, rather than crunchy and firm like the British kind.
kaprys 2 | 1,829
6 Apr 2019  #505
Why not prepare it at home?
kaprys 2 | 1,829
6 Apr 2019  #507
@rozumiemnic
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That's how my mum makes it and how I make it at home.
Cook it for some time with bay leaf and allspice, then add some chopped onions, grated apple, pepper, oil and vinegar.
The stuff you buy in jars is just different.

As for golabki, when I was a kid I just left the cabbage on the plate. Now I don't mind it and I actually prefer the Polish kind to the ones I had in BuĊ‚garia - with vine leaves (or whatever you call it ) ;)
mafketis 20 | 7,253
6 Apr 2019  #508
Flaki are fine, not my favorite but okay to have once in a while (I like it slightly thickened with kasza manna).

In my partying days I always had some in jars as it was a great hangover preventer.

I often try to make a point of having tripe when I travel (not always easy...) it's old peasant food and different places have different ways of dealing with it.

My all time favorite was in a Mexican restaurant (in the US midwest) it was a bowl of menudo - deep hot as fire flavor with lots of hominy added (I do loves me some hominy).

Romanian flaki is one of the most interesting - served in a soup that's simultaneously creamy with a tart vinegar aftertaste

Hungarian flaki was kind of meh... they didn't do anything different than they do with meat and the result was underwhelming (I love hungarian food but this was a rare miss for me)

Portuguese flaki with white beans was.... okay? A little bland...
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,665
6 Apr 2019  #509
I don't think you would find a place in the UK, that would serve tripe and onions...although my godmother (84) assures me it is delicious.

that sounds familiar, Kaprys..
mafketis 20 | 7,253
6 Apr 2019  #510
I don't think you would find a place in the UK, that would serve tripe and onions...

More's the pity!

I love cooked red cabbage, with some butter, salt, pepper and sugar and slow cooked for a looooong time. It goes great with duck and pyzy...

I remember red cabbage in Hungary that looked like it had been cooked for days... not pretty but the taste was amazing.


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