Essential guide to Ukrainian cuisine

Being relatively modest, Ukrainian cuisine is incredibly tasty! Ukrainian dishes feature a wide variety of meats and vegetables in particular the potato. Ukrainian food is veeeery nutritious, as meals to feed the villagers who had been working from dusk till dawn. The main meat is pork as they have always been raised by the peasants. That's why salo, or pig fat is something like a national symbol:)

Borsch

One of the most famous of all Ukrainian dishes, this soup usually precedes the main course. Beetroot together with the tomato paste are the soup's main ingredients, giving it a distinctive red color. It also contains cabbage, potato, beans , carrot, onion and a little bit of garlic. It can be made according to 300 different recipes!

Chicken Kiev

This round shaped chicken cutlet filled with melted butter and cheese is famous all over the world. It's no doubting how good it tastes!

Salo

Pig fat may not sound like the most appetizing of dishes but this Ukrainian delicacy is a great snack and perfect accompaniment to vodka. Salo is best served on dark bread with a little garlic and it's also very tasty fried. It won't do any harm, on the contrary, Ukrainians say: a little salo a day keeps a doctor away:)

Golubtsi

The dish consists of minced meat to which is added boiled rice, fried onion and carrot. This mixture is then wrapped in a boiled cabbage leaf. This dish is served hot, usually with sour-cream. Very tasty!

Vareniki

Vareniki are the kind of draught pockets or dumplings which come with all manner of sweet and savory fillings: cherry, curds with raisins, cabbage and potatoes. But the list of stuffing is endless.

Deruny

This is a classic ukrainian dish, which is served hot with sour cream. It is made from grated potato which is then pulped. Eggs are added and this mixture is fried in form of pancakes.

Mlintsi

It is a ukrainian name for pancakes. The dish is a symbol of Maslennitsa, a pancake festival. Curds, mushrooms and poppy seeds are common pancake fillings in Ukraine.

Pickles

Pickled cucumbers is an ideal snack for vodka. Marinated tomatoes are also extremely popular and both dishes can be found on a traditional ukrainian table.

Shashliki

In a strictest sense this dish is not a ukrainian dish, but they are very popular and eaten almost every weekend. It is one of the most beloved food of ukrainians.

TRADITIONAL UKRAINIAN RESTAURANTS IN KIEV

  1. TRARSKE SELO
    42/1 Sichnevogo Povstannya vul., tel.: 280-30-66
  2. VARENICHNAYA
    28 Esplanadna vul., tel.: 227-15-39
  3. KHUTOROK
    Nab.Kreschatitskaya vul., pier #1, tel.: 463-70-19
  4. PERVAK
    2 Rohnidyanska vul., tel.: 235-09-52
  5. U HETMANA
    6 Sichnevogo Povstannya vul., tel.: 280-93-98
  6. O'PANAS
    Taras Shevchenko Park, tel.: 235-12-32
  7. KOZAK MAMAI
    4 Prorizna vul., tel.: 228-42-73
  8. KOZACHOK
    118 Kyrovogradska vul., tel.: 250-93-52
  9. KOZACHOK AT OSOKORKI
    11 Tsentralna vul., tel.: 573-75-50
  10. ZA DVOMA ZAITSYAMY
    34 Andriyivsky Uzviz, tel.: 279-79-72
  11. HUNTER
    147/5 Saksaganskogo vul., tel.: 236-37-35
  12. VULYK
    44 Chervonoarmiyska vul., tel.: 230-26-42
  13. GARBUZ
    2v Khoreva vul., tel.: 245-35-86
  14. U PANIKOVSKOGO
    8 Prorizna vul., tel.: 536-17-17