Polish Food

Visiting a foreign country can be a confusing and frustrating experience at times, and it's often difficult to separate yourself from the crowd of tourists that, let's face it, if you weren't in the same boat as, you'd be shaking your head at. Like Robin to Batman, Warsaw Life has taken it upon itself to come to your aid so you can, as the informed traveller, rise above your tourist peers and order your grub like a real native. We can't help you with the pronunciation but we can help you to know what you're talking about.

For years, Polish cuisine was derided for its lack of invention, but things are changing as you'll have seen by the incredibly varied array of Warsaw restaurants in our eat section. As for Polish dishes, you can't beat the classics and we love them so much we've gone to the trouble of producing a quick guide to the dishes you're most likely to come across.

Pierogi - Often the first stop on the journey through Polish cuisine and the first thing you'll recognise on the menu. Many restaurants will translate this as filled dumplings or ravioli but neither term really does the Pierog justice. Though almost every Eastern European lays their claim to being the inventor of Pierogi, we don't recommend you use this as a case of discussion after you've had a few vodkas - it's an argument you're unlikely to win. Pierogi are crescent-shaped parcels filled with any one of a number of tasty fillings. They can be crispy (smazone) or boiled (gotowane) doubling your number of choices. Here's a quick rundown of the ones you're most likely to see.…

Savoury

Ruskie (Russian) - The most popular and well-known, these are filled with potato and cheese and are an excellent place to start for the cautious.

Z Miesem (With meat) - Normally filled with beef or pork and tastiest when crispy. Often served with a cranberry sauce, this is the pierogi of choice for meat-lovers. Check first though as sometimes the meat is mixed with cabbage (kapusta), a big no-no for those that love their meat pure.

Z Kapusta (Cabbage) - Spend a couple of days in Poland and you'll soon see that, rain or shine, summer or winter, the Poles are mad about their cabbage; and so a trip won't be complete without sampling the number one ingredient with the number one dish.

Z Grzybami (Mushroom) - Often combined with cabbage, mushroom pierogi reflect the Poles' love for the mushroom, second only to cabbage on the list of field-grown favourites.

Leniwe (Lazy) - No filling whatsoever, hence the name. These are great for those looking for some no-frills, cheap as chips stodge.

Sweet

Z Serem (cheese) - Unlike Ruskie, these are filled with a slightly sweet cottage cheese and raisins. Cover with a dollop of sweet cream and you've got an excellent choice for desert. Probably not to be preceded by Ruskie unless you're seeking cheese overload though.

Z Owocami (fruit) - Depending on the season this can be apple or a combination of the forest berries cultivated in Poland. Normally served with cream and excellent for those summer days when the hot stuff proves a little too much or during the winter when you're struggling to get your five-a-day.

Z Truskawkami (Strawberry) - Best in summer when the strawberries are likely to be fresh not frozen and served with a dash of cream and maybe a little coulee. Like Poland's answer to strawberries and cream.

Z Borowkami (Blueberry) - Perfect for giving your teeth that highly desirable blue rinse, blueberry pierogi like the strawberry variety are a big summer hit when the berry-mad Poles harvest both the wild and 'American' varieties.

Bigos - A traditional stew native to Poles and Lithuanians, bigos is considered to be Poland's true national dish and its composition can vary from region to region, village to village and restaurant to restaurant. This hunter's stew is a staple of every Polish family so be sure to sample it during your stay. Fresh or fermented cabbage forms the base of the meal to which either whole or pureed tomato is added alongside cuts of meat mainly, but not exclusively kielbasa or pork and finished off with honey and mushrooms. The dish is traditionally accompanied with rye bread or potatoes and is typically served on the second day of Christmas. Its high concentration of vitamin C, the ready availability of cabbage and general heartiness made it a classic and nutritionally fundamental dish during centuries and centuries of cold winters. Wash it down with shots of ice-cold vodka for the authentic experience.

Barszcz (or Borscht) - Drink it hot in the winter and cold in the summer but either way, make sure you don't miss one of Eastern Europe's most-popular starters. Again, Ukrainians, Russians and Poles would undoubtedly argue over the soup's origins until the early hours (over some vodkas no doubt). Hot barszcz is generally more popular among Poles and is based principally on beetroot and meat stock. Various other vegetables, including tomato and garlic can be included and the soup can vary in consistency, either served in a cup to warm the stomach for the arrival of pierogi or as a thicker stew to be accompanied by just bread or uszka (literally "ears"), a mini version of pierogi with meat served in the barszcz itself.

Kasza - This buckwheat cereal serves as an equally hearty alternative to rice in Poland. Served on its own or with lard and onions, (gryczana ze skwarkami) this is either a super-cheap meal on its own or an easy accompaniment to meat dishes. Sometimes found as a filling in pierogi.

Rosol z kury (clear chicken broth) - Sometimes served with noodles (z makaronem), this is something that appears less and less on Polish menus these days but, if come across, should definitely be lapped up. A starter for the famished or full meal for the less ambitious, few foods have the potential to warm the stomach quite like Rosol.

Zurek - Imagine the goodness of Rosol with essentially all the elements of a full meal thrown into the mix. Sound good? Barszcz's origins are disputed and the truth may never become clear, but nobody can deny the heritage of Zurek as Poland's own. Though the recipe is open to improvisation and the discretion of the chef, a typical bowl of Zurek will include at least one boiled egg which appears to have been comically or mistakenly thrown in randomly and a healthy dose of white kielbasa. Regional variants might also include carrots and potatoes. If you've decided on Zurek as a starter be very very careful about how much you order as a main course. Eyes bigger than stomach anyone? Or, as they say here in Poland, jesc oczami (to eat with the eyes)!

Zupa Grzybowa (Mushroom soup) - While mushroom soup in most countries wouldn't exactly set the pulse racing, keep an eye out for this soup when served w bulce (in loaf) and, should you follow through with an order, you won't be sorry. A small cottage style bun cum loaf of bread is hollowed out and used as a soup vessel. Break off bits from the side as you progress or scrape out the soggy bread from the inside, this soup, as with the above soups is hearty and filling enough to comprise a full meal. While it might be a bit heavy for the summer months, you'll certainly be pleased it's on hand during winter.

Chlodnik - The Polish version of gazpacho, a cool, refreshing soup for the summer months, this chilly concoction combines soured milk, beetroot leaves, young beetroots, cucumber and chopped fresh dill. For those days when a piping hot cup of barszcz just doesn't tickle your fancy.

Flaki - In a word - tripe. Of the pork of beef variety, let's face it… If it's not for you, you'll hardly be convinced by the smattering of seasonings and spices. Not something to order if you're looking to impress the vegetarian other half.

Smalec - Polish peasant classic and a reminder for some of hard times and scarcity, a plate of lard ready with dipping bread is still a common sight in traditional Polish eateries of all budgets. Great for winter, not so good if you've still got ideas of a summer six-pack.

Placki Ziemniaczane (Potato Pancakes) - Again, whether these are of Hungarian, Czech, Polish or Jewish origin is unclear, the most important thing is that these are pretty darn good. Think of them as the Polish version of American hash browns, but classier. Take them as they come or try with melted oscypek or, if you're looking for a tip, a favourite of ours is with Goulash (z Gulaszem) otherwise known as po Wegiersku (Hungarian style).

Golonka - A real treat for meat lovers, Golonka is normally sold by weight, so be aware that the price you see per 100g is likely to be multiplied by five or six. Though not the leanest of cuts, once you get to the good stuff it will certainly have been worth the effort. Just think of the words 'melt in the mouth' and you'll have a good idea. Highly recommended by this salivating scribe is Golonka cooked and served in beer and honey sauce. Truly lipsmacking stuff.

Golabki - Cabbage is back on the scene here as leaves of the white variety are used to envelope a delightfully tasty mix of spiced beef and/or pork, tomato sauce and rice. Legend has it that King Kazimierz IV fed his army Golabki prior to the battle of Malbork against the Teutonic Order in 1465. Victory was credited to the high nutritional value and strength-boosting qualities of Golabki. Hell, if its good enough for the king's men…

Nalesniki - Pancakes to you and I, and though it's highly doubtful the Poles could pass these off as their own, there is no doubt the Poles have taken to them as much as any country. Similar to the European crepe variety rather than the American hotcake, you're likely to find these on most menus either with sweet or savoury filling. Not the most Polish thing you'll find on the menu but you can't beat them with blueberries.

Kluski (Dumplings) - Normally referred to as Kluski Slaskie (Silesian Dumplings) these are a great winter accompaniment to soups or meat dishes. Though basic in form, there can be no denying the tastiness of nice heavy stodge on a 20 degrees below zero day.

Oscypek - Originating from the Zakopane mountain region, this tough smoked cheese is an excellent addition to any grill/barbecue menu and no visit to Poland would be complete without at least a token sample. Though available both smoked and unsmoked and in a variety of different shapes and forms, smoked is definitely the most popular and its strong taste is perfectly set off by a healthy dollop of cranberry sauce. If it's good enough to keep those mountain folk healthy all year round, who are we to complain?

Kielbasa - The Spaniards have chorizo, the Italians have salami and pepperoni, the Germans have the frankfurter and bratwurst, the Americans have the hotdog and the Brits have a whole array of British bangers. Second to none of the above, the Poles chip in with kielbasa, their sausage of the spiced and smoked variety. The white version is generally cheaper and fattier and is what you're likely to find in Zurek. You'll find the regular, red kielbasa everywhere in Poland, whether it's in a street grill restaurant, milk bar, upper-crust exclusive establishments and even on pizzas. Most restaurants will not specify the exact type and there are literally too many to mention. However, if you're buying to take home we strongly recommend wiejska, krakowska, or podwawelska, or z serem (stuffed with cheese - not to be missed!); all excellent choices. Varieties differ in fat and garlic content, type of coating and combinations of seasoning, and some varieties are more suited to barbecuing than home cooking and vice versa, but providing it's Polish, you're unlikely to go wrong.

Schabowy - The Polish version of pork chops, nothing goes better with potatoes than some hearty cutlets. They can be breaded or not, and grilled or baked, depending on the establishment. Trust us though - the best are served in a Polish home by someone's mother (or father - it is the 21st century after all!). Szarlotka* - There is perhaps nothing better to accompany an afternoon cappuccino or cup of tea than a slice of warm apple pie with ice cream - as the Americans would say 'just like ma used to make'. In almost any Polish city, you're sure to be able to strike up a heated debate just by asking a group of locals who has the best szarlotka in town - it's certainly caused its fare share of heated discussion here, that's for sure. Unlike American and British variants which opt for the pastry way, the Poles have gone for the cakey approach and, excuse us for a hint of bias, but we feel it's the best of the bunch.

*Poles also are renowned for their penchant for all things sweet. Read up on it in our section on the Polish sweet tooth?

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Ann from Cameroon Reply Oct 7th, 2013

Such an enjoyable read, and fantastic comments

Angelika from Poland Reply Sep 26th, 2013

polish food is just the best

Jacek from United States Reply Apr 18th, 2013

I just love Polish cooking - obviously with a name like mine I'm Polish, but it only ever tastes great in Poland iteslf! I've tried the best Polish restaurants in New York, and I still can't get that 'original' taste - must be the local ingredients....

Dominika from Australia Reply Apr 17th, 2013

Great article. Made me homesick! For those who live in Melbourne and like pierogi - you can try some at People's market in collingwood.

Nikki from Australia Reply Aug 31st, 2012

Awesome recipes guys and it's really helpful

from Australia Reply Aug 31st, 2012

Very good information and it's very helpful to me because my project on Poland

radz from Nepal Reply Jul 20th, 2012

very special but need to add more spicy..:)

robert gural from United States Reply Jul 11th, 2012

I have experimented with pierogi and a very tasty filling is mashed potatoes, sharp white cheddar cheese, a little cream cheese, a small amount of lightly sauteed yellow onion and either chopped chives or finely minced parsley. And mix the filling cool and cover and refrigerate so it is easier to fill in the dough half moons.

Em from Australia Reply Jun 6th, 2012

Hi, great website and ideas. I'm from Poland as well but I now live in Australia. Great ideas and recipes, pictures and great information. Thanks so much.

Paulina Wiktoria from Poland Reply May 11th, 2012

Hi! I'm reading all your comments and I'm very glad that you like our foods and country! I'm really surprised! :) I encourage you to visit Poland. You are very welcome here! :)

Karla from Philippines Reply May 1st, 2012

Do you know any Polish Restaurant here in Metro Manila, Philippines?

jesus salamat valerio from Philippines Reply Feb 25th, 2012

i tried the beetroot soup with pierogi, the more hot soup and combine with much more dumpling pierogi satisfy your appetizer...good day!

jesus salamat valerio from Philippines Reply Feb 24th, 2012

been with the Polish crew in the ship, trying my best to hasten my prowess in polish cuisine and i'm very much to learn more menus and recipes...thank you!

Desiray from United States Reply Feb 9th, 2012

My polish family tridations go way back.I love going to my grandparents and watching my gma cook the food. I was asked to do a project at school and i picked Poland to do. Me and my brother both did. I Have to make a dish for my class. Should be fun right? Well thanks alot your site has really helped me:) on alot of questions i had now there answerd:)

michael from United Kingdom Reply Feb 6th, 2012

helloo gus xxx

jessica from Canada Reply Jan 16th, 2012

no it does no needs more pictures

robert from United States Reply Jan 11th, 2012

HEY JUNA... they hate you too. -.-

robert from United States Reply Jan 11th, 2012

POLAND*****

brandon from United States Reply Jan 10th, 2012

i am doing a study on polland for a school project and this site help me

Becky from United States Reply Dec 20th, 2011

I LOVE Polish food. My Grandparents came from Poland and so did my Aunt. My Uncle had also married a Polish woman who's family also came the same time as my Grandparents. In fact, they were neighbors! It was a special treat to visit all of them because of all the Polish food they made for us.This included the other special occasions we attended too. My mother also made some of the holiday foods but not like my Aunts.

Gabriella from United States Reply Dec 4th, 2011

Thanks for the list, this will be a great place to come look up dishes to make for my Polish partner. My biggest problem with Polish food is cabbage. It's in everything, and well... I can't stand the taste of it. I stick to the breaded pork chops when visiting. And downtown Warsaw has a wonderful pizza place we love going to... lol.

tania from Australia Reply Nov 28th, 2011

i love polish food and i'm not polish at all! whoever dosent like polish food is really CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) thanks from,Tania

mathew from United States Reply Nov 9th, 2011

I am doing a study on Warsaw Poland And i think that is piece or writing help me understand about polish food and how they make it! ;)

angie from United Kingdom Reply Oct 22nd, 2011

this has saved my life. my polish friends dont think i would manage to find out about their food. :) thankyou x

Riri from United States Reply Oct 19th, 2011

Outstanding article. :D I am a proud Polish gal who makes her food homemade and raises the animals all organically. I am probably one of the very few Americans left who makes her own sausage homemade :D But I am very proud of that. :D

USA from United States Reply Oct 18th, 2011

I absolutely LOVE Polish food. I do not know how I could live without it before. I love WAY more than Mexican, Korean, French, Italian, and of course British (yuck). The chick who said that she hates Polish food and people can go **** play with herself :)

robin hernandez from United States Reply Sep 21st, 2011

Wonderful.....can't wait to try some of these dishes!

annonymous from United States Reply Sep 20th, 2011

shocking

from United Kingdom Reply Jul 21st, 2011

Oh hen you must hate yourself!

juna mukane from United Kingdom Reply Jul 4th, 2011

i hate polish food an the polish themselves!!!!!!!:(

Lukasz from United States Reply Apr 18th, 2011

This site was full of great information for my report on Poland. My great grandparents are Polish, but I am just learning about it now. Cool!

Kinga from Poland Reply Apr 5th, 2011

Im from Poland but I live in Ireland and I must say most of the Irish people I have met love polish food whenever they come over to my house I have to cook some polish causine for them

Jodie from United States Reply Jan 18th, 2011

Polish food is fab. Kabanos is good, scrambled eggs and all the pork.

Tammy from United States Reply Dec 7th, 2010

Just started dating a polish man I want surprise him with homemade pierogies I need a recipe for Xmas

katie from United States Reply Oct 29th, 2010

do you have recipes for these different polish foods or recomend a certain site?

Anthony A. Guyda, Jr. from United States Reply Sep 10th, 2010

Polish cuisine derided because of lack of invention? I own nearly ten Polish cookbooks and never have read this remark! Did you know that Warsaw, Poland is the cuisine "Paris" of Eastern Europe! And it is no wonder why -- Polish cookery is influenced by Mongol, Lithuanian, Italian, French, Swedish, Turkish, German and Russian traits, as well as the ubiquitous Jewish tastes. Something good came from all of those royal marriages and invasions. Yes, all of the above mentioned Polish dishes are also favorites of mine, but beef zrazy (beef roulades, oftentimes accompanied by kasza and pureed beets with sour cream is my favorite. Smaczmego!

Robert from United States Reply Jul 2nd, 2010

My wife and I just got back from Poland. Your site is GREAT.

Cullen from United States Reply Jun 1st, 2010

very helpful for my project!!!!

klaudiaa from United Kingdom Reply May 21st, 2010

Aaa ja uwielbiam Polske jedzienie , mieszkam w uk juz 9 miesiecy i wole jednak polskie dania niz angielskie , : ) tesknie za polskimi tradycyjnymi daniami pozdrawiam : )) moje gg na odpowiedz komentarzy : 2485071 or klaudiaa2135@hotmail.com

writeing a report, 6th grade from United States Reply May 19th, 2010

Awesome! now I know what to say I ate for lunch/ dinner on my imaginary trip! If only it was more then just Pierogis, I mean I like them, but man, thats ALOT of fillings!

6th Grade Report writer from United States Reply May 8th, 2010

this was so helpful for my report on poland!!! I am so glad i found this site!

Cami from United States Reply May 8th, 2010

I'm from Polish and really glad to have you taste Polish cuisine. You have to try rosolu (rosó³)and kotletow schabowych (schabowych kotletów). Yum!

Emily from United States Reply May 3rd, 2010

well i am polish a lot and this is not a lot of recaipes that you can make !!! come one i need some of thise for school and there are like two things

gabby from United States Reply Apr 9th, 2010

um... u sort of need a good describtion of the food i really need these 4 a project

Bailey from United Kingdom Reply Mar 25th, 2010

Poland is awesome I live in poland so im a pole

Natasza from Ireland Reply Mar 15th, 2010

Hey im Polish but i live in Ireland .... i was surprised with the info on Polish food but I was hoping 2 see Krokiety (kro-key-et-i) which are pancakes closed up at the ends, covered in bread crumbs with a filling of usually 'Kapusta i Grzyby' (cabbage and mushroom) but they can also be 'z Miêsem' (with meat) or 'Z Serem i Grzybami' (mushroom and cheese). i was surprised not 2 see them but anyway there's so much on this site :D :D :D POLISH FOOD ROCKS ! ! ! !

Tommy K. from United States Reply Mar 2nd, 2010

My mom and dad are polish. My mom cooks really great Polish food and I EAT IT ALL!!!!:)YUM I like zurek the best and pierogi with cheese PACZKI ARE THE BEST PASTRIES!!!! YAY

Rafalski-Bogucki from United States Reply Feb 23rd, 2010

Check out zeberka, schabowy or zurek. Amazing tastes

Jessica from United Kingdom Reply Feb 11th, 2010

I'm quarter Polish and doing a Polish project at school... this really helped.. kinda, thanks!

from Canada Reply Feb 8th, 2010

I took care of an elderly husband and wife, both who were of Polish decent. They were both very beautiful people, biggest hearts I have seen in a long time. But anyways, this woman, Boguslava was her name, was one of the best cooks I have ever met in my life. Now not to toot my own horn, but I to am an excellent cook. But this woman never seict to amaze me. Things I would have never tried in my life if it not for her. God love her! She would make everything from scratch. Kluski, kapusta soup, perogies, chicken soup, borscht, easter soup, just to name a few. She also taught me how to make homemade Zurek. She opened up a whole new world of tastes and smells that I will carry with me to my grave! So needless to say, Polish is now one of my most favorite foods in the world. There was never a bad thing that she cooked. So sad to have lost her and her husband to old age heaven. But she will always have a place in my heart and kitchen , and will never be forgotten. One of life's true angels in my eyes. God be with you Boguslava and Andrezj.

Hi from Albania Reply Dec 15th, 2009

I LIKE PANCAKES!!!!!!!!

alii from United States Reply Oct 18th, 2009

I LOVE ALL POLISH FOODS AND POLAND YES IM POLISH!!

Jake twardowski from United States Reply Oct 6th, 2009

I'm polish and Pierogi are my favorite thing ever

Erica from Australia Reply Sep 10th, 2009

i love polish food sooo much but i havent had it in ages!!! i need to learn how to cook it coz i jst cnt live without it!!! soo yummy!!! im hungry now! LOL!! hehe :P :S gnna go eat!!

Deven from United States Reply Sep 10th, 2009

The information that this site gives is really good. I'm in school for Culinary Arts and Restraurant Management. I have a 500 word report to due and i chose to do it on the polish Cuisine and i have to admite that the food really sounds great and I cant wait to try and cook some of this great food for my self and my family. Keep up the great work on keeping the rest of the world in tuch with your great food and way of life.

lola from United Kingdom Reply May 15th, 2009

you forgot to mention other delicious polish food like ogórkowa, kapusta kiszona, rzebroczka( all delicious) I lived in poland for 7 years i loved the food :)

shayla from United States Reply May 8th, 2009

i just love my babcias pierogis

Paulina from United Kingdom Reply Mar 31st, 2009

And u know ppl, my boyfriend is Greek and he just HATES Polish food (im polish) - and what's funny the only thing he tried was polish salad :-) We're going to Krakow in few days and I already told him - coz we're on the budget trip we gonna eat in milk bars, which serve only Polish food so i just hope he'll finally try some more things than just salad ;-) And me myself i love my mom's and my Babcia's (grandma) cooking :-) need to learn finally :-D

margaret croooks from United Kingdom Reply Jan 10th, 2009

It was good:) gives alot of information about this place

ciara from Ireland Reply Jan 9th, 2009

i just love the bigos:L:L:L

jack from United States Reply Jan 7th, 2009

Last week i went to that polish place in Clifton,NJ called " ZAPIEKANKY "....i just enjoyed their food!!!...zapiekanki is my favourite polish food now!!!.... if u want to try...here's their adress: 754 Clifton Ave, Clifton, NJ 07013 JUST GREAT....TRY ZAPIEKANKA /W KIELBASY...HMMMMMM

Georgie from United States Reply Jan 6th, 2009

this is really good info. for my school project! Who wrote this note so I can Cite this article?

Mark P. from United States Reply Nov 27th, 2008

I have been to Poland 3 times on mission trips. The people are awesome, the food is wonderful (kielbasa; bigos; the poppy seed bread; and everything on the menu at the Phoenix restaurant in Rzeszow); it makes you not ever want to go back home. I hope to get back there one day soon and criss-cross Poland on a food adventure.

kw from United States Reply Nov 17th, 2008

i love polsh food its great

Mauricio from Mexico Reply Nov 5th, 2008

Polish food is great!!!! I ws in Wroclaw and Krakow and I felt in love of the food

Bukky from United Kingdom Reply Oct 10th, 2008

i love and enjoyed golanka so much during my 4 yr stay in Poland. the first time i had it, i asked for more. i'll ty to make it myself soon.

ania from Poland Reply Oct 4th, 2008

a ja najbardziej lubie pierogi ze serem i nie napisaliscie tutaj o zupie ogorkowej

peg from United States Reply Sep 19th, 2008

what about kaszanka, tatar, sledz, polish fast food: zapiekanky with ketchup:)?

John D from United States Reply Jul 15th, 2008

Zurek is for me. It's my favorite by far. Excellent soup with fresh bread. Recently married. Wife from Poland.

Ralf from Sweden Reply Jun 24th, 2008

Polish food is FANTASTIC!!! Hae been in Warsaw and i LOVE barszcz with small pirogs!! Chlodnik, bigos, all kinds of PIROGIS!! you have to try!!

rebeca from United States Reply Jun 7th, 2008

looking for recipes of cold soupa with fruits that i ate in a place name mlechnik in krakow thank

mark from United States Reply May 27th, 2008

Is it sorrow or rather sorrel...?

janice from United States Reply May 25th, 2008

does anyone know anything about sorrow..a plant used to make soup?

wera from Poland Reply May 18th, 2008

a mielone??

João Tavares from Portugal Reply May 11th, 2008

hey! i must say that ive become a fan of Polish food since i went to my girlfriend place in Poland and ive tryed many Polish dishes, and ive my favourites as like ruskie pierogi and strawberry one, and i just love the oscypki cheese grilled :D i hope in the future to try even more delicious dishes as ive been used hihi by the way, i'd like to know an easy recepie for Polish donuts =)if anyone know's any i'd apreciate it. PS- as Portuguese i recomend you guys Portuguese food also very good ;) bardzo dzekuje!

Elizabeth from Canada Reply May 2nd, 2008

I am of Polish ancestory and grew up living with my Babcia who use to cook awesome meals daily. You know the true Polish fare. She taught me to cook, starting at a very young age and I have to admit, i'd rather eat my own cooking instead of dining out! Anyhow, (I find this rather ironic) just before I went in labour with my child, I made a huge polish feast of schnitzal, pierogi, beet salad & cucumber salad. It was yummy! As soon as my child was old enough to eat "big people food" his preferences were that as mentioned above! To this day, his favourites food are schnitzal, pierogi and cucumbers! Not to mention all the other Polish dishes that he's accustomed to eating. (Dad was born in Poland) I find it strange that no one has mentioned Patychky. Now there's something everyone should try! Yummy! Life just doesn't get any better! LOL

=) from United States Reply Apr 13th, 2008

Does anyone else have anything to add on to their eatings? Please answer I need help I am doing a project on my father's heritage. Thanks!

=] from United Kingdom Reply Apr 13th, 2008

hey, im currently doing a research on Poland regarding their foods and nutrion. and just wondering if possible you could give me a hand on this? just the basic food staples in Poland, like the main sources of carb, fat etc etc? thank u in advance.

Sue from United States Reply Mar 21st, 2008

Someone earlier had asked about "chrust chyli favorki" (sticks/kindling/favors)which as kids we called "Kruchiki" -- American pronunciation. One of my aunts called them Elephant Ears. I have a recipe but even though they may seem easy, they are difficult to make because they must be light. Too often the results are heavy.

heather Rokkjer from United Kingdom Reply Mar 19th, 2008

Why can't we get the Polish Kielbasa chicken sausage in English supermarkets

TAe'lor roth from United States Reply Mar 18th, 2008

this is not that much information about thier food!!!:)

from Madagascar Reply Mar 4th, 2008

the crepes they talk about soud really really good!!!!!!!!!

Beverlie from United States Reply Feb 29th, 2008

I am wondering if anyone can tell me what the dish is my polish grandmother used to make it at Eastertime, it had ham and egg and I'm not sure what else?

Catherine from United Kingdom Reply Jan 9th, 2008

hello, all these recipes are making me hungry! Can anyone help me with a recipe please? we had a Polish au pair a few years ago who was an excellent cook and made us some delicious meals, including the lovely vegetable salad. She also made something which sounds like 'pichonki' but I know that's not how its spelt! It was a beautiful vivid pink due to the beetroot colouring all the other veg and I remember some smoked sausage in it, but if anyone has a proper recipe I'd love to try making it. Thanks.

belle from Australia Reply Dec 19th, 2007

I have polish parents, and live in Melbourne, although we make regular holidays to Tamborine Mountain in QLD, because there is a Polish restaurant there which has SUPERB Polish food - reminds me of my grandmother's cooking in Poland! If anyone wants to try, please visit this place - I think it is called Polish Place, and you can drink polish beers there too! Thankyou for your recipes, I am looking forward to teaching my children about polish cooking

Madzia from Poland Reply Dec 19th, 2007

polish food is delicious but english is bleee never again

chris from United Kingdom Reply Dec 2nd, 2007

Thankyou Ania

Ania from Poland Reply Nov 20th, 2007

Chris, what you're talking about is "golabki" (pronounced go-wob-ki), and you can find them in just about any Polish restaurant.

Jenny from Costa Rica Reply Nov 19th, 2007

I LOOOOOOOOOOOVEEE THIS FOOD! Its my passion...

chris h from United Kingdom Reply Nov 17th, 2007

Brill website, but can anyone help me. After spending a number of years in germany with the Army I used to frequent a polish bar where they served a dish made up of a meat mixture wrapped up in cabbage leaves which was bottled. When you ordered this they would boil in water and serve.Anybody help with the name and where I can get it from.Many Thanks

paul leeding from United Kingdom Reply Nov 5th, 2007

Are there any polish people wishing to open a shop in birmingham?black country area?I am english and would like to meet a potential business partner.Wasall Area West Midlands

Mark B from United Kingdom Reply Sep 26th, 2007

Emily - the best are pickled cucumbers! Really, those are a Polish speciality, which go great with shots of vodka. Or you could try traditional pork dripping (smalec) which can be spread on small pieces of rye bread - delicious!

Emily from United States Reply Sep 18th, 2007

What are some of the most traditional Polish party foods appropriate for a cocktail party?

Monique from United States Reply Sep 4th, 2007

My mother is origionally from Poland, and my favorite food is the polish beet soup! It's the best!

Cynthia Kindzier from Mexico Reply Aug 11th, 2007

I LOVE PIEROGUIS BUT I LOVE MORE THEY WHEN MY AUNT DO IT THEY ARE SO DELICIOUS MY FATHER IS POLISH AND I WENT LAST CHRISTMAS I LOVE POLAND AND HIS FOOD!!!!!

Mark B from United Kingdom Reply Aug 6th, 2007

Polish food is the BEST!

Paul from Telegraph.co.uk from United States Reply Aug 6th, 2007

The Polish food revolution has arrived, and not just in fashionable London restaurants and among the 600,000 Poles who have settled in the UK since Poland joined the European Union in 2004. The trend has reached the high street. Since Tesco, the supermarket giant, began selling Polish food six months ago, the demand for tinned borsch, pickled vegetables and salty bread sticks has increased tenfold. This week, the range will be extended to 250 supermarkets, with Polish bread, juniper sausages and goulash among the products available in one in six of its stores. Other supermarkets have followed suit with Sainsburys and Asda recently launching Polish ranges of food and drink as well...

Anthony Moscicki from United States Reply Jul 29th, 2007

Was born in the UK,raised in Brooklyn,NY,live in Garfield,NJ which has a large Polish population, many Polish food stores and restaurants. Was trying to find the ingredients for Podlaska Kielbasa which I had for dinner tonight when I found your page. I have taken many non-Poles out to eat Polish food and they all fell in love with it. POLAND RULES!

Karolinka from United States Reply Jun 29th, 2007

I was born in poland but i live in America. Polish food is the BEST!!!Pierogi and Paczki are my favorites!!i luv to learn as much as a can about poland and hte cuisine thnx!

matt from Poland Reply Jun 22nd, 2007

hi;)im from poland but i live in england:Pi love polich food and if u haven't tried zurek or pierogi u have 2 try it;)

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