15 Traditional Romanian Foods To Try

Romanian food is absolutely delishious and if you love trying different cuisines, you’ve found the perfect place to test your taste buds, especially if you love meat, soups or salads, or just want indulge yourself with a snack. Therefore we have listed 15 foods to look out for on the menu when visiting Romania.

1. Zacuscă

Zacuscă is a vegatable spread made of eggplants, peppers, and other plant-based ingredients like tomatoes, onions or mushrooms. Many people still make zacuscă at home with ingredients from their own garden, but you can also find ready-made jars in supermarkets. The most common way to eat zacuscă is as a spread on bread, but you can also use it as a side dish to enrich the flavors of potatoes or meat.

2. Fasole Bătută

Another vegetable spread is called fasole bătută, which is made of white beans. This creamy, garlicky, white bean dip is usually served as part of an appetizer platter with cold cuts and cheeses, but it’s also used as a bread spread.

3. Ciorbă De Burtă

Ciorbă de burtă is a tripe soup so you either love it or hate it, but the fact is that it’s one of the most recommended traditional Romanian dishes to try. The idea of eating cow stomach is probably the most off-puting of this dish, but this is actually not the most important part. The tripe is usually boiled for hours together with beef and pork legs as well as vegetables and herbs to give the broth its strong aroma, which is why people love the taste of this delicous soup.

4. Ciorbă De Fasole Cu Afumătură

Romanians love harty and comforting foods and this bean and smoked pork soup is a great example of it. The thick soup can be eaten all year, but is often associated with family and cosy moments together, and is especially popular in winter.

5. Sarmale

Sarmale are stuffed cabbage rolls with a mix of rice and minced meat, usually pork, and herbs. It is probably one of the most important dishes in traditional Romanian cuisine and it’s similar to versions found in other Balkan countries and beyond. The dish originates from the Ottoman empire, but the Romanians claim that they have modified and perfected it over time. Try it and judge it yourself!

6. Chiftele

Chiftele are Romanian meat balls, which are thick and juicy, with a tasty garlic and herb flavor. They can be eaten as a dish itself, as part of an appetizer platter with dips, or can be used in other dishes.

7. Mititei

Mititei, also called ‘mici’ is probably the most popular Romanian grilled dish. The skinless sausages can be made of different mixes of ground meat and spices and are grilled until they become dark and and juicy. Mici are often eaten with bread or chips and dipped into mustard or other sauces.

8. Mancare De Cartofi Cu Carne

Mancare de cartofi cu carne is a pork and potato stew, another tasty dish that is harty and comforting, especially when the weather is colder. The stew can be served on its own or together with mămăligă.

9. Mămăligă

Mămăligă, also know as polenta in other countries, is a cornmeal porridge and a staple in Romanian cuisine. Originally it was a peasants dish or substitute for bread in poor rural areas, but nowadays Mămăligă can be found on many upscale restaurant menus in Romania. It is often served on its own with sour cream and cheese, or as a side to meat dishes.

10. Salată De Boeuf

Salată de boeuf literally means beef salad, but nowadays it’s also served with different types of meat. The meat is chopped in small pieces and mixed with finely diced potatoes, root vegetables, pickled vegetables, and mayonaise, and usually garnished with boiled eggs. Salată de boeuf is a typical celebratory dish and often served during festive holidays and other social events.

11. Salatǎ De Varzǎ

Salatǎ de varzǎ is a white cabbage salad which is light and refreshing. It is a popular side to any grilled meat dish.

12. Papanași

Papanași is definitely one of the most popular desserts in Romania. Papanași are fried cottage cheese doughnuts that are best served hot and topped with sour cream and blueberry jam. The sweet and sour combination is a real delight for your taste buds while each bite melts on your tongue.

13. Gogoși

Gogoși (plural form of gogoașă) are sweet fluffy pastries, similar to filled doughnuts. They can be plain, or filled with chocolate, jam or cream cheese and are often topped with powdered sugar.

14. Plăcintă Cu Mere

Plăcintă cu mere is the Romanian version of an apple pie. It’s different since it’s not quite a pie, nor a strudel or a pastry and it’s usually rather flat, but absolutely tasty!

15. Placinta Dobrogeana

Another delicious pie called ‘Placinta Dobrogeana’ has its origins in the eastern Dobrogea region, which has once been under Ottoman rule. So it’s not a surprice that this savory pie has similarities with pies found in Turkey and other Balkan countries. Placinta Dobrogeana cu brânză is the most common version found in pastry shops all around Romania. It’s basically a crusty pastry with a cheese filling. They come in different shapes and other ingredients are also used to make different versions, including sweet variants.

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