If Polish cuisine were to be described in just one word, “heartfelt” would perhaps be the most fitting choice.
We’re talking mind-blowingly delicious, wholesome dishes served up in generous portions.
Some of the Central European country’s much-loved recipes date back centuries, and while many have evolved considerably over the years, they’ve all retained Poland’s long-standing culinary values.
Of course, the best way to sample Polish food is to visit the country and try its many restaurants, cafes, milk bars and street food stands.
While it may be a little while for most before traveling here is an option, its always good to be prepared.
From pierogi to bigos, here are 15 essential dishes to try in Poland.
Zurek is the perfect Polish comfort food.
At first glance, it might seem like just an ordinary fermented rye soup, but zurek is regarded as something of a national treasure by the Polish.
As is the case for almost all nation-defining meals, each family tends to champion its own zurek recipe.
While there are many regional variations of the dish, the most recognized version consists of sour rye flour with potatoes, plenty of vegetables and lots of meat.
The centuries-old soup is also usually served with a hard boiled egg. Be sure to try zurek w chlebie, which is essentially the same soup served in bread.
Popular with locals, Smakolyki Restaurant in Krakow serves fantastic zurek in a cozy atmosphere.