The cuisine of Romania may not be one that everybody is familiar with, but regardless of its popularity, it is a tasty favourite of many. The core dishes of Romania have evidently been heavily influenced by the Ottoman cuisine as well as taking inspiration from other countries like Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary and Germany. The Romans also had a notable effect on Romanian cuisine, being especially renowned for introducing a cheese and pastry dish as well as millet porridge. They also had a big influence on the wine and beer production in the country.
Soup is a very typical dish in Romania and there are countless varieties available. People make soups out of absolutely everything, including meat, vegetables and fish. When it comes to history, it’s worth remembering that Romania was under the rule of the Ottoman empire for nearly 300 years. This allowed for Turkish cuisine influences to become present in the country such as many vegetables and spicy meats.
Pork is the favoured meat of the Romanians and at Christmas time it is a pig that is typically found on the dinner table. Another common meal is a type of polenta which is known in the Romanian language as mămăliga. It can be eaten with meat, vegetables or even makes a perfect meal all by itself. There are also some seasonal differences on the meats that Romanians choose to eat at certain times of the year. For example, when Easter time rolls around, people opt to eat more lamb instead of pork, often making a haggis type dish out of a selection of minced organs.
The cuisine of Romania might be considered by many to be an acquired taste but it is truly a country with long history of favoured dishes. There is something for absolutely every occasion, taste and preference!