I had been expecting cabbage and I wasn’t disappointed. My very first meal after arriving in Poland presented me with an opportunity to try it – red and sweet, it was just how I had imagined the country would taste. What I was about to discover was that food in Poland is much richer and has much more depth than I imagined.
From the snacks on the street, to the hearty meals of the working class, to the fine dining in the top restaurants of Krakow and Wroclaw, Polish food has a lot to offer.
Take the pretzels, for example. There’s nothing spectacular about them. They’re plain, taste like bread, and have a dryness that leaves you wanting a cold beer to go with them. But they’re warm, they’re filling and they’re available on streets corners all through the city. The perfect snack on a chilly day.
“Soup,” was the answer when I asked a few people what typical Polish food was. Turns out they knew what they were talking about (unsurprisingly, seeing as the people I asked were Polish). The best soups even come inside a loaf of bread so there’s no need to waste your time dipping a crust in – you just scoop it out from the bottom.
But rather than continue to tell you about all the amazing food I ate in Poland, how about I just show you a small selection. If these don’t whet your appetite, I don’t know what will. And I’m sure if you asked nicely you could get some cabbage on the side for any of these (even the apple pie!).
Goat cheese ‘Oscypek’ with cranberry
Poultry kebab with baked potatoes
Grilled pork steak with garlic sauce, grilled potatoes
Apple pie with ice cream
Time Travel Turtle travelled to Poland as a guest of the Polish National Tourist Office but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.