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Typical lunch in Poland?


Marianne
12 Jul 2007 #1
I'm writing a short article on Polish food and related to that I would want to know about typical lunch in Poland:
1. At what time do people in Poland usually have lunch?
2. Normally, how long is the lunch break?
3. Do people go out to get just to get a sandwich or do they have a "sit down" lunch in a restaraunt?
4. Does big offices have cafeterias / lunch restaurants of their own (= in the same building?
5. What would be a typical Polish lunch, that is, what do you normally eat for lunch?

Thanks already in advance for helping me out!
Marianne from Finland
hello 22 | 891
12 Jul 2007 #2
Bread with butter and sausage + hot tea
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510
12 Jul 2007 #4
yeah... when staying with friends ive had a large breakfast and then maybe soup mid afternoon followed by a meal late evening
Lady in red
12 Jul 2007 #5
I 've never had lunch in Poland :)

That sounds about right :) Some light soup for lunch. We never had things like sandwiches etc

A good breakfast and dinner in the evening of two courses (at least) when all the family sat round the table (bit like the rest of Europe).
EOS - | 7
12 Jul 2007 #6
joghurt
aga10122
17 Jul 2007 #7
In true polish way (i was raised in a Polish tradition) they have a big breakfast, then at around 3-4 they have a small dinner and then at 7-8 when everyone is at home they all together have dinner. Also in between they may have small snacks.
Lady in red
17 Jul 2007 #8
we weren't allowed too many snacks..........

and we had to have porridge for breakfast too...........:(
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385
17 Jul 2007 #9
I disagree with all the above.

1. a light/quick breakfast
2. 10:00am second breakfast. could be a sarnie.
3. Some people finish work at 14:00 so no lunch. They eat when they get home.
4. an afternoon meal
5. supper, anytime in the evening.

The Polish are famous for 'second breakfast' an no-one mentioned it.
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554
17 Jul 2007 #10
The Polish are famous for 'second breakfast' an no-one mentioned it.

Isn't this usually a cake of some sort?
Lady in red
17 Jul 2007 #11
............wonder if it is because I am remembering what I got when I was little :) and you are remembering it when you was big :) would account for the differences I think.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385
17 Jul 2007 #12
Isn't this usually a cake of some sort?

It's the 10:00am work break. So usually something a little more substantial.

It's the working hours that dictate meals. Factory workers and office workers keep different hours. I'm speaking from the point of view of the factory worker.
Lady in red
17 Jul 2007 #13
Zgubiony

he's too busy moving our posts around the threads......hehehe :)
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554
17 Jul 2007 #14
Yes. You're keeping me very busy :)

It's the 10:00am work break. So usually something a little more substantial.

I remember having soup at this time while visiting. Winter Rosol summer fruit soup :)
Lady in red
17 Jul 2007 #15
Yes. You're keeping me very busy :)

I didn't realise, I've apologised must be the rain, made me quite scatty........have I reached 1000 yet ?

I'm going to throw a leaving party, just got to get my present list sorted out.....:))

<joke>

but do we have a party when we reach our forst 1000.........just wondering like, and this post is relevant to this thread because we could have cake........polish apple cake mid morning.......:)) or polish poppyseed cake ? yummy ....
osiol 55 | 3,922
4 Aug 2007 #16
I don't know how typical this is, but I recently stayed with a family in Lomza. They had quite a high appreciation of food. Meals went something like this:

Breakfast: ham, sausage, other cured meats with bread, some onion and tomato, pickled cucumber and so on. And coffee.

Lunch: quite a hearty meal, usually starting with a soup course.

Tea: pretty much the same as breakfast

However, throughout the day, snacks (and drinks) would mysteriously appear. There did seem to be a hell of a lot of food, but then, my hosts often commented on how thin I was and I think they were trying to fatten me up. Poor skinny, malnourished Englishman who obviously never gets any proper food at home!
Puddleduck
4 Aug 2007 #17
The Polish really seem to know how to eat... that food sounds amazing!
jestesjedyny 5 | 125
7 Oct 2007 #19
:O all I can say is.. one slide of polish bread with polish butter, polish ham, and polish mayo on top.. tastes DELiCiOUS!!!!<33 :* plus.. a cup of hot tea<33 and sweet strawberries!! That's my polish breakfast or lunch (; and I don't know about you, but I really enjoy it (:

For dinner<33 some pierogies with sour cream<33 and some sort of salad! and 3 liter of tyskie lmaojk --get twisted, wake up the next morning feeling like a truck ran all over you, go back to bed.. and there it is!!. you don't have to think of what to eat for breakfast during the next two days. I kid :(
randompal 7 | 306
7 Oct 2007 #20
Typical lunch in Poland?

kebab

1. At what time do people in Poland usually have lunch?

anywhere between 12-15, depending on work hours

Normally, how long is the lunch break?

half hour usually if you are lucky, or just shove something in your mouth quickly when the boss isnt looking if unlucky

Do people go out to get just to get a sandwich or do they have a "sit down" lunch in a restaraunt

rather sandwich, or nearby cheap cafeteria unless they are CEOs, who have their little business lunches

Does big offices have cafeterias / lunch restaurants of their own (= in the same building?

depends on the building

What would be a typical Polish lunch, that is, what do you normally eat for lunch?

sandwiches, joghurt, or kebab is very popular
Baził
19 Jan 2009 #21
Polish lunch would include sausage, such as kielbasa, with bread and butter, compote (a traditional Polish warm fruit drink), or a soup, or some sort of Polish fast food, such as a Gyro, Pizza or some American stuff. Or nothing of all. I know cause im half polish and lived there 2 months. Heavy Metal Ftw.
polishgirltx
19 Jan 2009 #22
or some sort of Polish fast food, such as a Gyro, Pizza or some American stuff

it isn't much Polish....
Baził
19 Jan 2009 #23
...... it is still what is eaten in Poland. ........ -.-
Kowalski 7 | 621
20 Jan 2009 #24
Lunch is a relatively new concept in Poland. If lunch is what we eat around noon or later then in rural Poland it is a dinner time - soup, meat, potatoes salads etc.

Polish lunch is a dinner!
sandwich is for second breakfast, before dinner/lunch

1. At what time do people in Poland usually have lunch?
1-3 PM
2. Normally, how long is the lunch break?
1 hour
3. Do people go out to get just to get a sandwich or do they have a "sit down" lunch in a restaraunt?
sit down
4. Does big offices have cafeterias / lunch restaurants of their own (= in the same building?
yes
5. What would be a typical Polish lunch, that is, what do you normally eat for lunch?
dinner menu
Siegfried 1 | 100
20 Jan 2009 #25
we dont have lunch...

typical day looks like:

-breakfast before work/school etc:
sandwich or scrambled eggs or cornflakes

-"second breakfast" at work:
mostly sandwich or a salad

-after work there is dinner (~3-5 pm):
soup or potatos+meat. ideally both ;)

-then there is supper (~8pm):
depends, I would say sandwich+salads

we eat a lot of bread, a lot of potatos, a lot of soups.
Jedrek
31 Jul 2010 #26
I'm speaking as someone who actually lives in Poland, rather than has Polish ancestors and/or relatives.

At my company, which is a big multinational company in Warsaw, lunch break usually takes 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the department. People are entitled to 15 minutes lunch break + they usually take 15 minutes more and then leave 15 minutes after normal closing hours.

We do have a cafeteria at our place as it's an own building and it's quite large. For lunch, we usually have two courses - a soup (potage) which can be broth with pasta (but it's quite rare), a borsch, polish tomato soup (tomato + pasta or rice) or some other polish soup or sometimes french or italian inspired one, for the second plate there can be some meat, a steak, pasta, vegetables (broccoli, cauliflowers, etc.), some mashed cabbage salad or whatnot. I've seen sausage, but it's very rare and i can't say it's a must-have. I usually take a fresh salad instead of all this two course lunch.

That is all.
plk123 8 | 4,149
31 Jul 2010 #27
1. At what time do people in Poland usually have lunch?

i agree with everything .. lunch sometimes is soup with a sandwich or crepes or peirogis.. depends where this lunch is eaten.. sometimes people do bring food from home and eat it at their desk..
unknown56981354
10 Feb 2011 #28
Merged thread:
What is a traditional lunch in poland?

I want/need to know what the typical lunch is in poland.
Cardno85 31 | 976
10 Feb 2011 #29
Well, I found that lunch is not really the same as in the UK/US. It is eaten in mid/late afternoon and it's more of a meal than we are used to. Like a full meal with meat, potatoes and vegetables.
Olaf 6 | 956
16 Feb 2011 #30
typical lunch in Poland

typically there was no lunch tradition in Poland. It's foreign to Poland so anything you usually eat for lunch can be eaten in Poland too.


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