Monthly Archives: October 2016

Mongolian Cuisine – цдйны гдэдр

Ulaan Baator – Mongolia


 

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Truly a local food outlet. We braved ourselves to walk into it to have our lunch.

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Simply being themselves – so cute!

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Only 5 tables. Chef cum cashier cum waitress cum …

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A few local high school girls was also dining here and was kind enough to help us to order our food as they are all able to speak English. The chef could only speak in Mongolian language.

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Stir fried Mutton in sizzling hot plate with rice and potato salad

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Minced Mutton with salad and rice

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Buuza

We ate what the locals eat and the meal was very tasty and satisfying.

Sorry do not know exactly where this place is but it’s somewhere in downtown Ulaan Bataar.

If anyone knows Mongolian language please translate and let me have the name of the cafe and address.

Cuisine of Buryatia – ШулэнДо(ShulenDo) Cafe

Ulan Ude – Republic of Buryatia – Siberia


August 26, 2016


 

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Mutton soup with noodles and Buuza(traditional dumplings with meat fillings)

The cuisine of Buryatia is largely influenced by the nomadic lives of the Buryats, whose main source of nutrition comes from the food of their land. With that said, the Buryat national cuisine heavily consists of meat dishes, potatoes, freshly grown crops, and food made from dairy such as salamat.

ШулэнДо(ShulenDo) Cafe

ul. Smolina, 81,

Ulan-Ude,

Buryatia, Siberia,

Russia, 670000

Uzbek Cuisine – Rubai Restaurant

Kazan – Republic of Tatarstan


 

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Uzbek traditional costume

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Rubai Shish Kebab(lamb fillet)

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Ferghana Pilaf – Traditional Uzbek lamb Pilaf –  is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. In some cases, the rice may also attain its brown colour by being stirred with pieces of cooked onion, as well as a mix of spices and meat.

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Manty(dumplings) with veal and onions served with sour cream and greens

All dishes are prepared according to ancient oriental recipes and the most outstanding dish we had was the Ferghana Pilaf which was totally mesmerizing. Full of flavors.

Rubai Restaurant 

Profsoyuznaya 16,

Kazan

Republic of Tatarstan

Russia

Jewish Cuisine – Kosher Cafe Alef

Moscow – Russia


 

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Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

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Kosher cafe Alef is situated in the lobby of the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center; it is a cozy place, which will entertain you with its rich menu, comfortable atmosphere, quality and attentive service.

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What is Kosher? Kosher is a process of food production that adheres to dietary guidelines set forth in the Bible and clarified over the centuries by rabbinic authorities in Jewish law.

Kosher means “fit” or “proper”– a concept associated with cleanliness, purity and extra supervision.

Kosher food is by nature more controlled than many other means of food production.

While kosher is primarily an ethical or faith-based observance, there are some potential benefits to eating kosher.

For instance, kosher menus separate dairy from meat products. It is interesting to observe that it is recognized that iron and calcium are not absorbed well when ingested together.

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Hummus

Hummus has a rich tradition- some even refer to it as an “ancient” food that has a history of being consumed by important historical figures in the Middle East.

According to ancient scriptures, hummus- at least as we know it today- was first consumed in Egypt around the 13th Century, although the recipe used at this time differed from today’s because it omitted tahini and used other nuts instead.

Today hummus still plays a major part in the diet of many healthy populations living around the world, mainly in the Middle East.

Hummus is commonly consumed with every single meal in Israel, is frequently included in all “mezzeh tables” in Syria and Turkey, is eaten most days for breakfast along with bread in Palestine and Jordan, and is still enjoyed in Egypt and many Arabic nations in a variety of meals too.

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Malawach

Brought to Israel by Yemenite Jews, this buttery, flaky flatbread became so popular in Israel that it crossed into mainstream Israeli cuisine, joining the likes of falafel and hummus. It is traditionally served either savory—with hot tomato sauce.

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Jewish Spinach Quiche

The whole experience of being with the Jewish community in the museum and eating the authentic Jewish food in the cafe at the museum seems so exciting with the kosher way of Jewish food. We totally enjoyed the food that we ordered. Hallelujah!

Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center 

Obraztsova St.,

11, Building 1A,

Moscow

Russia

Georgian Cuisine -Restaurant Cha Cha

St. Petersburg – Russia


 

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Khachapuri(below)

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Khachapuri is a traditional Georgian dish of cheese-filled bread. The bread is leavened and allowed to rise, and is shaped in various ways. The filling contains cheese, eggs and other ingredients. I have never tasted such a freshly baked bread with a unique flavor of Georgian cheese – suluguni. Totally awesome!

All the favorite Georgian dishes are offered here. Everything from the bread and pastries and ending with pickles and condiments, are prepared here in the restaurant and many ingredients and products are imported from Georgia.

Location of this restaurant is impressive: the most scenic stretch between Griboyedov Canal Kazan Cathedral and Saviour on the Spilled Blood, to all the major attractions on the doorstep, from the windows you can see the channel, boats and Zinger House. Three consecutive hall with brick arches decorated extremely cozy: vivid plush chairs, lots of different-sized lampshades with fringe on the ceiling, paintings of Georgian artists on the walls. The kitchen is open, so waiting for your order, you can watch the chefs work. In the summer next to the restaurant, right on the canal embankment, guest hundred-meter terrace is open.

Restaurant Cha Cha

Griboyedov Canal Embankment, 8/1,

Saint Petersburg,

191011 Russia

Russian Cuisine – Stolovaya No. 57

Moscow – Russia


When you come to Moscow, you definitely want to try true Russian cuisine. Of course, you can do it in most restaurants, but there’s a more authentic variant. And it’s cheaper, too! Highly recommended by our walking tour guide.

Moscow GUM (Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin; it may literally be translated as “the main universal store”) is situated in the center of the city and it faces the Red Square. In English this huge shopping mall is usually called “State Department Store”.

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There are a variety of places where you can have a meal. But the most unusual is Soviet Style Restaurant #57. Actually, it is not a restaurant; it is a so called “stolovaya”.

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It is notable for its self-service and traditional Russian food. Most items are charged by the weight. A canteen style restaurant where you start from the beginning and pick the food you want and put them on your tray and move on to the cashier and make your payment.

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Moreover, the interior design reflects an atmosphere similar to that in Soviet times. Even tableware and tablecloths are made the Soviet way.

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All the dishes are prepared according to the traditions of Russia’s cuisine. There are plenty of different dishes. Some of them are classic (like Russian salad, borsch, pelmeni, stewed fruits), and some of them are less popular. Even so, there is always something new and appetizing.

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No doubt, this place attracts tourists, but Russians like to eat here, too. The good thing is not having to wait – everything is ready, you just pick what you like. And the second reason is, of course, tasty food!

Moscow GUM

Red square,

Moscow

Russia