One of the joys of travelling is tasting the regional or national dish. However, as a vegetarian, that can be tricky and I tend not to go to a country or specific region for the food as other people do. I’m just relieved when I find something on the menu I can eat.
When I decided to go to Poland recently, I didn’t have high expectations of my food options because, as far as I was concerned, Polish food consisted of a lot of meat. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered Pierogi on my first night in Warsaw. For that reason, Pierogi is on the menu for this week’s Foto Friday.
I had never seen nor heard of it before until my first evening at a great vegan restaurant in Warsaw, which was close to my hostel. While looking at an English version of the menu, I spotted pierogi. As I had no idea what it was, I asked the owner. The way she described it made it sound a little like Chinese dumplings, which I love, so I decided to try them.
At this particular restaurant, they are listed as pieces, so you can order 1 pieróg, 2 pierogi, or however many you want. I was advised to have 5 or 6 for the main course. This isn’t the norm though. Generally in Poland, you order a dish and get several pierogi. Being a vegan restaurant, they don’t use cheese, but fill them with tofu, potatoes, and onions etc. instead. They were very tasty.
I was so happy to have the opportunity to try a Polish dish in Poland on my first night and, while I was in this restaurant, someone replied to a tweet I sent about pierogi…
@IndTravHelp Make sure to try some of the fruit pierogies, like strawberry.
— The Windwalker Duo (@1Dad1Kid) June 5, 2014
A sweet version, really? Fantastic! That sounded really good, so I added it to my list of things to try.
It wasn’t until I was in Krakow that I finally got to try sweet pierogi. I was at a restaurant with another female traveller. We ordered pierogi with seasonal fruits, which happened to be blueberries. With a little cream, it was a delicious dessert.
Having left Poland, I found something similar in the neighbouring countries of Slovakia and Ukraine called pirohy and varenyky respectively.
There are other traditional Polish dishes, apart from pierogi, that you can try as a vegetarian. Beetroot is used as a main ingredient in soups and salads and there is a fast food, which is similar to pizza, called Zapiekanka.
Have your say
Have you tried Pierogi? What’s your favourite Polish dish that happens to be vegetarian?