Being a Greek abroad has its down sides since I grew up eating one of the best cuisines in the world…the Mediterranean cuisine. Why do I consider this a “down side”? Because I am really hard to satisfy when it comes to food that doesn’t meet my Greek standards. Fortunately, living in Serbia, makes my palate happy!
Serbian cuisine is mostly made up of meat and dairy and as they like to joke, “the king of the animal kingdom is NOT the lion, but the pig!”
I have compiled a list of the most popular, and personal favourite, food suggestions and I hope I won’t disappoint you.
Sarma would be the first dish to cross my mind. Minced meat with carrot and herbs hugged by cabbage leaves and slow cooked for hours, served with either Pavlaka (similar to greek yogurt) or with Kajmak (traditional cream cheese). Mouthwatering.
Pljeskavica & Cevapi (sim. burger and kebabs) are considered the Serbian National Street Food, usually served in Lepinja (traditional flatbread) with tons of toppings to choose from! Go with Urnebes, a mildly spicy cheesy sauce with paprika and garlic!
Podvarak & Pasulj, or cooked cabbage and beans. This is something you can find in some Etno Hrana restaurants but usually it’s better if you find yourself as a house guest and not in a restaurant. I wouldn’t have it any other way, since it brings up happy memories, celebrations and winter cosy nights-in! My mother in law cooks both those dishes ridiculously well, I might make her make them for you if you visit me! Or #not ! lol
Som & Riblja Cobra, otherwise catfish and fish soup. Serbia is full of rivers and next to them you can usually find a couple of restaurants. I can say, river fish and especially the soup, will make you go #nomnomnom even if you aren’t a big fan of fish.
Karadjordjeva Šnicla, a dish named after the Serbian Prince Karadjorde (aka Djordje Petrovic) can be found in almost every single restaurant and is by far the most popular Serbian dish. It is a rolled pork steak, filled with Kajmak and ham, covered in breadcrumbs, deep-fried and served with tartar sauce and fries. Omg, I am salivating while typing. Do not leave Serbia without trying this dish. And may I suggest to follow the trucks! Meaning, whenever on the highway or on any provincial road you notice a lot of trucks that have pulled over for a pit stop, it means that the food is worth it! The drivers know best 😉
Are you hungry yet?!
When in Serbia, make an effort (as if it’s an effort to eat delicious food) to try as many of the above as possible. And let me know which one is your new favourite.
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