Food represents such an important part of a country’s culture that nowadays some people travel with the sole purpose of discovering unique foods all around the world.
Even if your travels are not focused exclusively on the cuisine aspect, it’s definitely recommended to combine the tourist attractions and the local food to get the full experience while visiting Romania.
An Introduction to Romanian Cuisine
The Romanian cuisine is the reflection of many cultures it has come into contact with. The dishes have been mainly influenced by Turkish, Hungarian, Austrian, German, or Slavic cuisine.
Even though it’s not that popular abroad, Romanian food has its own character due to the influences mentioned earlier. When you taste it, it’s as if you’ve had something similar before but at the same time, it’s unique.
Here are 5 reasons why you should give traditional cuisine a try when visiting Romania.
1. It’s Made with Local Ingredients
If you decide to visit Transylvania, Maramures, or other rural areas in Romania, you’ll notice that the people in these regions use natural, local products.
This ensures the food will always be fresh and made with the best ingredients.
Romanians love their food, so they try to use as much as they can products of the highest quality.
2. It Has a Homemade Feel
Romanians are all about getting together with their families (especially in the weekends) and eating together a hearty, home-cooked meal. The fresh ingredients people use definitely add up to the homemade feel of this cuisine.
You shouldn’t be surprised to discover that food brings people together in Romania.
3. It’s Flavorful
The rich Romanian cuisine will spoil your taste buds with a mix of flavors that you’ll absolutely love.
From starters to mains or desserts, every single dish has a distinct flavor that will make you remember it forever and even ask for another round.
Garlic, parsley, dill, thyme, sour cream, fat and onions are mainly used to bring out the flavor in Romanian cuisine.
4. It’s the Ultimate Comfort Food
Winter is the perfect season to indulge in some comfort food and luckily for you when visiting Romania, you will be able to enjoy it almost anywhere you go.
From starters to deserts, Romanian foods will warm up your soul during winter time.
Traditionally, a Romanian meal will start with a soup, which can be sour, depending on the region where you’ll be consuming the dish. Tripe soup, meatball soup and bean soup with smoked bacon are the most popular ones you should try out.
The soup is something the majority of Romanians crave for as a comfort food.
5. It’s Affordable
We know that the budget is an important aspect while traveling which is why we want to point out that Romanian food is quite affordable.
For example, a soup can cost somewhere around $3 depending on the place you’ll go to. A main dish such as cabbage rolls stuffed with pork and rice served with polenta will usually cost no more than $10.
Visiting Romania While Experiencing Its Cuisine
In each main region of Romania, you will find at least one exceptional dish which will make you go “Wow – I want more!”.
We offer plenty of tours within the regions where you can taste the traditional Romanian cuisine, so feel free to check them out and choose the one which suits your needs.
For any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at +40 735 525 710.