Whether passing through or lingering for a longer period of time in the remarkably well-preserved Krakow, Poland, you will most definitely be seduced by some of their hearty dishes. Though the times have changed, Polish gastronomy seems to have retained its traditions. Neighboring countries’ culinary habits as well as its own plentiful resources heavily influenced Polish food; meat is consumed in large quantities (pork and sausage) as well as carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, noodles and dumplings. So, if you happen to travel to the second largest city of Poland put your diet on hold and try these succulent dishes.
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Where better to enjoy the internationally known kielbasa than in its original nation. The kielbasa is a polish sausage that varies in shape, taste, meat and size in different areas of Poland. You can try many different types of polish sausage in Krakow. Try the think air-dried sausage made of pork and the large U-Shaped one (it’s the most famous one of all). The one that is specific to Krakow is called the Krakowska and it is a straight, cold cut looking sausage that you can eat with bread.
There’s probably little heavier on the figure than fried pierogi (dumplings), but the taste makes them extremely forgiving. Choose your filling between pork, chicken, mushrooms or vegetables and feast on this delicious tradition inspired by their Russian neighbors. Some 4 or 5 pierogi can make a meal. This is a great option for the vegetarian travelers.
When in Poland, do as the Poles do and treat yourself to a suckling pig. It’s arguably the most medieval themed meal you can have and it is oh-so-delicious. Be prepared for a historic culinary experience.
Finally, if you still have some room (or if you need to eat something because you’re a vegetarian in a largely carnivorous country), then have some potato pancakes. This tradition inspired by their Jewish counterparts has remained a favorite among young and old, especially during festive times.
Enjoy your meal, Smacznego!
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