What to eat in Kiev? 2023

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Borscht is a sour soup common in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Romania and Moldova. Typical Ukrainian borscht is traditionally made from meat or bone stock, sauteed vegetables, and beet sour.


Okroshka is a cold soup. It is a mix of mostly raw vegetables (like cucumbers, radishes and spring onions), boiled potatoes, eggs, and a cooked meat such as beef, veal, sausages, or ham with kvass, which is a non-alcoholic (1.5% or less) beverage made from fermented black or rye bread. Okroshka is usually garnished with sour cream (smetana).

Cake Kiev

Cake Kiev has become one of the symbols of Kiev. The cake has two airy layers of meringue (it is traditionally made from whipped egg whites and sugar) with cashew, chocolate glaze, and a buttercream-like filling.

Chicken Kiev

Chicken Kiev is a stuffed chicken breast with butter and herbs. The filled is coated egg and bread crumbs and then fried.

Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes is a classic between most Eastern European countries. In Ukraine, they're called "deruny." Potato Pancakes are prepared from grated potato, flour, egg and sometimes onion and it is served with sour cream.


Salo is cured pork fat known as a national dish in Ukraine. The pork slabs are salted or brine cured. and sometimes smoked. Salo is consumed both raw and cooked. Also small pieces of salo are can be added to borscht or some sausage.


Syrniki are fried quark pancakes, garnished with sour cream, jam, honey or apple sauce. They are traditionally served as breakfast or dessert.


Vareniki is a popular stuffed dumplings dish in Ukraine. Typical Ukrainian fillings for vareniki include cottage cheese, potato, boiled beans, mushy peas, sauerkraut, plum (and other fruits), potato and cheese, cabbage, meat, fish, and buckwheat. In Ukraine vareniki are traditionally eaten with sour cream, fried onions and pork fat.


Kapusniak is one of the traditional Ukrainian dish. The main ingredient of which is sour cabbage. It is made with mushrooms, carrot, potatoes, onion, and millet. Kapusniak is especially popular in winter time. Meat, sausage, ham or meat broth can be added inside.


Banush is made with corn grits, fried pork fat and cheese.