First of all let me tell you that Polish food is fun. If you have ever tasted Pierogi, Golabki, Duck with Apples or, say, Roasted Trout, you’ll most likely agree with that right away.
But there are many more dishes. Meat, fish, poultry, dumplings, cakes, soups, cheeses, vegetables etc. – they all come in very different forms, prepared in different ways, with different sauces, as regional specialties, and so on. It is this variety which is probably the most important thing about Polish food. It means a rich choice of tastes and flavors, which makes any gourmet happy.
Classic Polish food: Pierogi
Where does this enjoyable variety come from? First of tradition and history.
A few centuries ago Poland was one of the biggest countries in the world - home to many different nationalities. Not only did they provide they own culinary input, but Polish nobility were always eager to include novelties from abroad into their cooking.
In this way Polish food became a term encompassing a great deal of ideas, coming from inside and outside of the country alike. And that’s exactly why in Polish cuisine you’ll find Ukrainian, French, German, Italian, Jewish, Hungarian, Oriental and other influences.
And what is Polish food like today?
It has kept the old traditions and still keeps developing. Just like any great cuisine of a living nation. Fortunately, gone is the night of communist rule, which was a downfall for Polish cooking. Although some bad habits form that era still linger on, freedom of creation along with good old recipes have made wonders.
Variety is a great thing, you might say, but is there anything more specific that could be said about Polish food? It is usually claimed that there’s a lot of meat in Polish cooking and that it’s dominated by dense, “heavy” sauces.
Poles are also said to have inclination for sweet things. There is much truth in these opinions. You may consider them a “first approximation” of the Polish way of cooking. But they are far from exhausting the richness of the topic. Especially because modern cooks use modern trends and their original ideas. As a result even a modest herring may become an unexpectedly thrilling experience. So in order to really know what Polish food is like, you’ll have to actually taste it. And not just once. I hope you don’t find this news bad
Golabki (golumpki, gwumpki)
We at polishfoodinfo.com believe that there are two best ways of enjoying Polish dishes. One is to use classic Polish recipes, buying ingredients from proven suppliers when needed.
The other way is to go to a recommended restaurant or food producer. Especially in Poland of course! It is after all in its native land, where a cuisine can best be appreciated. Restaurants, regional food makers, people, places and, last but least, drink – enjoying life can really start with a meal!