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TRADITIONAL POLISH FOOD: WHAT YOU REALLY SHOULD TRY

After visiting Poland, I realized that traditional Polish food deserves an exclusive post. Are you ready to gain a few pounds?😋 So let’s see what delicious dishes I tried and tested in this beautiful country.

Polish national dishes are very hearty, but, despite this, they are very tasty. Most Polish treats are meat dishes that are prepared in a variety of ways. Personally, I recommend trying soups, breaded pork, bigos stew, golabki, and pierogi.

In Poland, they bake excellent bread and make delicious sausage. Also very popular are various pickles made from cucumbers, cabbage, and tomato.

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mushroom soup

Every lunch and dinner began with soups! In Polish cuisine, there is a wide variety of soups. Mushroom soup (zupa Grzybowa) 🍲has become our favorite! Wherever we ate, the first dish we always had was this soup, however, each restaurant or cafe would prepare it a little different.

Sometimes during cool days in Greece – I still dream about this soup.

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Zurek soup

Another very popular soup is Zurek. This is an authentic Polish dish and in each region of the country it is prepared in its own way. The only thing that remains unchanged is the soup base, which is made from rye flour, fermented on rye crusts. There are other essential ingredients in Zurek: homemade pork sausage, often smoked and boiled egg.

TASTY TIP
In restaurants, be sure to order Zurek w chlebie (zurek in bread) to experience the true taste of the national cultural symbol of Poland.
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Flaczki

Polish Flachki (flaczki), which has become a traditional Polish dish, is borrowed from Lithuanian cuisine as a result of the mutual cultural influence of the two countries. Boiled, and then steamed beef stomach which creates a thick soup texture. The meatballs in the soup, are created from either beef or pork liver, as well as dumplings and blood sausage, usually served with Flaczki.

READ MORE: “THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TRAVEL TO POLAND ON A BUDGET: PART 1 – KRAKOW ON A BUDGET

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Pierogi

The next dish that you should definitely try is Pierogi. For me, this is a familiar dish, since we also prepare them in Ukraine (vareniki). Although in Poland I was surprised by the various different varieties of Pierogi. You can choose meat, cabbage, fruit or sweet fillings, fried or boiled.

TASTY TIP
Try pierogi with sweet cottage cheese. They are served with homemade sour cream or honey. mmm… It is not impossible to stop eating.
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Bigos

Bigos (a traditional meat stew) is one of the most famous dishes of national cuisine outside Poland. It is made from meat (pork) and sauerkraut, sometimes mushrooms and sausages are added, sometimes even rice – there are a lot of options. Very high-calorie dish, but worth trying.

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Golabki

Also, Poles like cabbage rolls (gołąbki) are stuffed with minced meat and rice, stewed in a light tomato sauce. Mushrooms and other ingredients can also be added to the filling (cereals, potatoes, etc.). Just delicious!

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Plyatski

Polish plyatski or potato pancakes (placki ziemniaczane) – are prepared from raw grated or boiled and mashed potatoes, fried in butter and served with sour cream or apple sauce. Perfect replacement for fried potatoes.

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Duck with apples

Another popular restaurant hit that should definitely be tried in Poland is the duck with apples (Kaczka z jabłkami). Young farm ducks are marinated in mead, after which their meat becomes surprisingly tender and tasty. The second indispensable ingredient of the dish is the country’s main agricultural pride: Polish apples.

TASTY TIP
Duck with apples is especially good in restaurants in Poland (Poznan, Kalisz, Gniezno). The best time for tasting is autumn, the period of the new apple harvest.
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Kielbasa

And of course the famous Polish sausages (kielbasa). They are very similar to the German bratwurst but much tastier! Prepared from several varieties of meat, sometimes with the addition of cereals or potatoes. There are many types of Polish sausages – garlic, marjoram, and other spices make them really special.

TASTY TIP
Perfect for a hearty breakfast. In many cafes, sausages are served with fried eggs, fresh bread, vegetables, and orange juice.
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Golonka

Golonka – pork leg in a Polish style. It is very similar to the Czech and German shank. In the process of its preparation beer is also involved. The Pork drumstick is first boiled and then baked in the oven, constantly pouring beer. The result is a tender meat and beer golden crust – an excellent combination.

TASTY TIP
By the way, do not forget to try a traditional beer with a golonka, it is very tasty.
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Sandacz

If you prefer fish, I suggest trying zander (sandacz po polsku). One of the most popular dishes is the gastronomic combination of the three natural gifts of the generous Polish land. Delicate zander meat roasted in thin puff pastry with stewed chanterelle sauce and crayfish tails – this is how this top Polish dish is cooked in the best Warsaw restaurants. Since this is a lake fish uncertainly we don’t have it in Greece.

READ MORE: “THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO TRAVEL TO POLAND ON A BUDGET: PART 2 – WARSAW ON A BUDGET

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Oscypek

Cheese. Try the excellent Oscypek cheese made by Polish highlanders! If you visit the ski resorts in Poland, be sure to try and grab this delicious sheep or goat cheese for your family and friends, which is prepared according to a unique recipe.

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Do you still have room for dessert after such a meal?😆 Oh, don’t say “no!” 🤭- you have not seen and tasted them yet.😋 So, let’s start with cookies with jam (kolaczki), a wonderful cake, which is baked from shortbread dough (mazurka), a poppy seed pastry cake (makowiec), light-as-air pastries (chrusciki), tiny filled doughnuts (paczki), and of course the famous “Polish Babka (Grandma”! This cake is made from yeast dough: high shape poured on top with fruits, or chocolate, or creamy icing…just mouth watering.

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Żubrówka

And that’s not all! For sure, do not forget about the drinks during meals. Polish cuisine is created specifically to accompany it with vodka. Not a simple one, but special – Żubrówka. This vodka is a pleasant yellowish hue; it is drawn on the grass that the bison eat. As a result, the Poles get a very fragrant and slightly tart drink. Zubrovka, among other things, has a great effect on digestion, so it is imperative to drink it under fatty meat snacks.

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Piwo

Beer (Piwo). What is Poland without this intoxicating drink? In terms of beer consumption, Poland occupies a leading position not only in Europe but throughout the world. The tradition of Polish brewing is one of the oldest in the world.
Here is a list of the most popular beer brands in Poland:
✅Wojak
✅Okocim
✅Kasztelan
Zywiec
Warka Jasne Pelne
✅Harnas
Tatras
Zubr
Tyskie

WooHoo!!!! This list of dishes and drinks can be continued indefinitely.

What would you like to try, or what did you try and really like from traditional Polish food? Comment below! 🙂

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8 Comments

  • Gary Boivin

    Polish cuisine is very well-known and enjoyed in Massachusetts, where I grew up. Mom’s ancestors came from Silesia, so she was given to making and serving several Polish style soups. She drew the line at flaczki, though it was said to be one of her father’s favourites.

  • W. D. Herstun

    I LOVE POLAND! I notice you mentioned Warsaw. Did you make it to Krakow? (the most beautiful city in Poland I swear it Lmao) and Gdansk?
    Also, I loved the soups and the bread bowls. The bakeries were awesome. I enjoyed this post and it made me miss Poland SO MUCH!!! I can’t wait to visit again. Oh and even Szezchin. Not particularly beautiful but a busy little town that feels so much like home. Sigh. I could move there if it weren’t so far from everything I know to be home!!

    • limitlesstravellingwithk

      I feel the same 😉 Amazing country and cuisine! I am happy that the country has fans as well as I am! I have visited Krakow and Warshow so my next 2 posts will be about these 2 capitals ( Old and New one). Will be glad to share with all this experience 🙂

  • serenpapercuts

    I think the biggest problem for me would be wanting to try it all! Great post and lots of delicious sounding foods I’ve never come across. A good excuse for a visit I’d say!

    • limitlesstravellingwithk

      Thanks! I also wanted to try everything and I did my best 🙂 with extra pounds axaxa

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