As wonderful as Singapore food is, sometimes you want to try something a little outside of your comfort zone. Russian food is a delicacy that often gets overlooked. When people think of Russian food they think of cabbage, tomato soup, and vodka. Here are some of the Russian foods you need to know.
Pelmeni is a kind of small dumpling filled with meat, mushrooms, and other fillings wrapped in dough. There are a lot of different varieties to enjoy. Think of it as a cross between a jiaozi from China and a pierogi from Poland. They became so popular because they preserve well when frozen, which is a common state of being in Russia. It’s also super easy to cook them; just boil frozen Pelmeni and watch them get plump.
Borscht is one of the most popular beet soups in Russia and can be served hot or cold. Russia is packed with beets, and every Russian menu offers some variety of Borscht. The soup can be modified with things like cabbage and potatoes, and tastes great at any temperature. It’s also why Russians tend to avoid having white carpets!
Blini is a kind of thin pancaked rolled up like crepes. There’s a real French influence to Russian food, and the blini is an obvious example of this. These pancakes are thicker than crepes and generally filled with cream. Sometimes they are even served with caviar, making this one of the fanciest French/Russian foods around.
Golubsty is a kind of cabbage burrito packed full of meatballs and topped with tomato sauce. These “cabbage rolls” are one of the more common Russian foods and can be found across Eastern Europe and the Middle East. They are easily one of the best things you can do with a cabbage.
To put it simply; a chicken tabaka is a small chicken that has been butterflied, pounded, and then pan fried under a brick. This soviet speciality is prepared by splitting a chicken down the sternum - butterflying it - then flattening it with a mallet. The chicken is then fried in a pan with a brick on top to keep it flat. What you end up with is a tender and delicious chicken with a crisp skin.
Kulebyaka is a kind of fish pie typically made from salmon, but the traditional variety is made with sturgeon spine. The word kulebyaka refers to a range of pies of all different sizes. To put it simply, it’s somewhere in the middle of a pot pie and a puff pastry. They are packed full of rice, vegetables, and fish of your choosing.
This is a hand-hedl pocket of dough packed with sweet or savoury fillings and then fried or baked. This delicious treat is somewhere between a donut and a pasty and there are an almost endless amount of varieties. Some of them are packed with beef, while others are packed with fruit. You’ll never be able to find two that are exactly the same. It doesn’t matter what they have inside them though, as they remain the ultimate in go-to food. Fried priozhki has more than enough flavor to get you through the winter.
As you can see there’s a lot more to Russian food than you thought. Keep an eye out for these delicious dishes as you explore Singapore and enjoy them with a great craft beer every first Sunday of month in Beerfest brewery! Please, book a table in advance!