Yes, I’m biased. I think Romanians are some of the most hospitable people in the world. No, I haven’t traveled the whole world, so I have no actual means of comparison. So, here I defer to my American husband and friends, who called Romanian hospitality top-notch.
From what I actually do know, one of the things Romanians are most proud of is their hospitality. And what better way to welcome someone into their house than with homemade cooking, and lots of it. The second best way, depending on who you ask, is to welcome friends with tuica (plum brandy), but good luck drinking the firewater.
But food, yes, people take pride in their cooking and are willing to offer friends or strangers the best they have.
Romanian cuisine is diverse and continues old customs and traditions, along with habits from the intersection of culinary cultures of the area. Romanians being Christian, the cuisine contains many dishes according to the season appointed feasts and celebrations.
It’s difficult to pick among so many favorites, but one of the dishes I absolutely love for its simplicity and taste is Frigarui (similar to kebab). This can be an elaborate dish with several sides, if served in a home or restaurant, or it can be street food. Quick and easy. Either way it’s delicious, and easy to make.
So if you like kebab, and find yourself in the mood for something similar yet different, here’s one suggestion: Frigarui. Or if you find yourself in East Europe, and aren’t sure what to order, trust me. Go with Frigarui.
Many other dishes (stuffed cabbage with corn bread, or sausage which may be smoked and/or dry-cured, or soup soured with bors, a liquid made from wheat bran, cornstarch, cherry leafs) takes a little adjustment and requires one to be bold, to venture outside one’s comfort zone. But you won’t go wrong with Frigarui.
Bon appetite, or as we say in Romania Pofta buna.
~~ Tomorrow’s post is G for Gypsies. I hope you’ll return and let me know what you think.
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