Polish food culture is versatile and eating out in Poland while traveling is highly recommended and affordable. Poland does not only offer breathtaking sightseeing (with its well-preserved and classic medieval Eastern European architectures), but also excellent food choices. Below are the most recommended dishes that you should try in Poland.
i. Pierogi (Polish dumplings)
One of the typical Polish dishes you should go for is pierogi - Polish dumplings - that comes in so many flavours (both sweet and savoury) and forms (fried or boiled). Imagine ordering a dish of tasty chicken - pork - mushroom - cheese pierogi, followed by a decent dessert as strawberry dumplings to complete the meal! The damage will not be more than 10USD. Each plate of pierogi in a typical mid-quality Polish restaurant costs 4 to 5 USD.
ii. Pancake and pasztecik (meat-filled pasties)
Pancake are made in plenty of ways around the world. Either sweetened with honey in Greece or served with sides such as bacon and toast in America, pancakes are enjoyed worldwide. In Polish restaurants, there are dozens flavours of pancake to choose from, including both sweet and savoury. Come to Nasz Nalesnik to taste different pancake flavours everyday - from ham & cheese to strawberry with whipping cream or maple cyrus. There are Nasz Nalesnik stores in almost every big cities of Poland. One plate of pancake here costs 4 to 5 USD.
Another recommended pastry dish is pasztecik, which is made of deep-fried yeast dough stuffed with meat or vegetarian filling, served in specialized bars as a fast food or homemade snack.This pastry is a unique specialty that can only be found in Szczecin, the third largest city of Poland. One piece of pasztecik cost about 3 to 5 USD. If you happen to be in Szczecin, come sit down at Wojska Polskiego 46 in front of Kosmos cinema to enjoy some pasztecik with mushroom fillings.
iii. Soup - Especially Goulash and Rosól z kurczaka
Typical Polish dishes are very hearty and usually contain a lot of meat, especially soups like Zupa ogórkowa (hot sour cucumber soup) , Zupa koperkowa (dill soup), Rosół z kurczaka (golden chicken consommé with noodles) and Goulash. Goulash is a traditional Hungarian soup cooked to resemble a thick beef stew in a big bread bowl, typically available in Polish restaurants. You can also find Goulash in Czech Republic with a different flavour. Goulash ,or Gulasz in Polish, is often made of stewed Beef, Bell Pepper, Mushroom, Carrot, Onion and Paprika as base ingredients.
If you fancy getting a taste of traditional Polish food, check Karczma Polska Pod Kogutem in Szczecin or Pod Sloncem in Krakow. These are both traditional Polish restaurants with cozy atmosphere, where you can get top-quality goulash soup. One whole dinner set here including a main dish and drink do not cost over 20 USD.
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What about the drinks?
To complement the dishes, Polish drinks are also appealing. Many Polish people love beer and alcohol in general and it’s common to hang out for a drink or two every night even during the week. Polish females usually drink beers with flavours (e.g. strawberry, watermelon, peach, etc), which you can get in a lot of bars around Poland.
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