As the world’s largest country, Russia is a diverse country. With influences from Northern Europe, Central Europe, Central Asia and Eastern Asia, Russia’s cuisine knows many different cooking traditions. There is Soviet cuisine, originating from peasant food of the rural population. But there are also more Asian influences as you can find in Buryat foods. During our travel from West Russia to Siberia we enjoy many Russia foods. We find that potatoes, bread and meat are considered the main ingredients of many Russian foods. Also we discover Russia has a sweetened pastry culture, so delicious! Here is not only a list of our favourite Russian food, but also some great recipes to make them!

Traditional Russian food

  1. Borscht

Borscht might be the most famous dish of Russia. It’s a traditional beet and cabbage soup that can be served both hot and cold. Usually people eat it as a starter, but accompanied with potatoes, some coleslaw and porridge it makes a complete meal.







  1. Beet salad

At most Russian holidays, special occasions and parties there is a bowl of this delicious salad on the table as a side dish.







  1. Buckwheat porridge

Buckwheat porridge is served for all occasions. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and probably as a snack in between as well. It’s one of the most healthy and traditional Russian dishes. It is often served with butter and meat or fish.







Tatar food

  1. Echpochmak

Echpochmak is a traditional Tatar food that we ate in Kazan. It can be described as a dough triangle with a filling of potatoes, union and lamb. There are many similar foods, but as the form changes the Tatar people give the food a different name. So when it is made in a form of a ball, they call it elesh.







  1. Chak chak

Chak chak is a sweet Tatar food that consists of small deep-fried dough balls. After frying, the balls are stacked together in a form and honey is poured over it. The ‘fresher’ it is, the better it tastes!







Buryat food

  1. Buuz

Buuz is a traditional Buryat (south-central region of Siberia) food. It’s a steamed dumpling filled with a mixture of beef, pork, onion, and garlic. You should eat it with your hands and slurp up the broth.







Sweetened pastry

  1. Russian pancakes


Blini are Russia’s ticker version of the French crêpe. The pancakes are often rolled up and filled with cream or sweet-stuff like jam and apple. But it can be savoury too, for example with potato inside.








Small Russian cottage cheese pancakes, often served with sour cream, yoghurt, jam or honey. They are delicious to have for breakfast.







  1. Pavlova

This very delicious meringue based dessert is named after the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. It is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and whipped cream.







  1. Medovik

Medovik is a Russian honey cake. It has ultra-thin layers of honey cake with sweetened cream in between! It’s fluffy and light to eat, but has much flavour and is so sweet.







EXTRA: try Russian ice cream! Forget about Italian gelato, Russian ice cream is awesome! And it is very cheap. They eat it during the entire year (well, if it’s already cold why not also eat cold, right?) and you can buy it everywhere!

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MORE FOOD? Check out our Japan Food blog as well! 

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What do you think about Russian food? Do you like these recipes as well? If you do share them with the world, so everybody can enjoy these dishes!