Aspic and other Russian Dishes that Surprise Foreigners

Many of us don’t understand how the French can eat frogs and the Chinese can eat grasshoppers. In fact, there are many dishes in Russian cuisine that will surprise foreigners. Would you like to try some Russian cuisine, Get your Russian visa at

Mushroom Buckwheat Porridge

In addition to the countries of the former Soviet Union and Poland, Japanese and Koreans also eat buckwheat porridge. In India, buckwheat is added to various dishes, but they do not cook it into porridge. People in Western countries don’t eat buckwheat porridge. They don’t understand how to add mushrooms to the porridge! They might even think that you want to poison the guests in this way…

Cabbage soup

There are some dishes that are similar to vegetable soups, such as German “Bonn soup” and Czech cabbage soup. But that kind of soup with sour cabbage and lots of vegetables, except in Russia, you can’t taste it anywhere, especially if there is meat in the soup. Sometimes foreigners call Russian vegetable soup “salad with broth.”

Cold mixed soup

In fact, in Russia, this soup is made with kvass in most cases. Those soups made with yogurt can be more or less calmly accepted and understood by foreigners. But how can you throw chopped sausages, hard-boiled eggs, onions and cucumbers into kvass? This is unthinkable to other foreigners! It’s like pouring Coca-Cola in a salad anyway.


Europeans, Asians, and Americans are totally incomprehensible. Why do you want to cool the boiled broth and turn it into aspic, not forgetting to add pork leg to it, and then eat it with horseradish. Meat and jelly are concepts that cannot be put together for most foreigners. The broth can only be hot in their minds.

Beetroot salad

Foreigners are not surprised by the variety of salads. And most salads were not invented here in Russia, but in Europe. For example, the most classic “Olivier salad”… and Russian red vegetable salad is very strange to foreigners! First of all, the customer will wonder whether the dishes inside have been cooked, and then they will ask why they have to chop up various ingredients.

Herring under the “fur coat”


This purely Russian invention shocked foreigners, who thought it was a “primitive and wild” food combination. At first, many people didn’t dare to taste it at all. Chinese people don’t like large amounts of mayonnaise in dishes, Europeans are not used to grated dishes, and Americans are frightened by herrings that look like “raw fish”. Everyone said that those who have been to Russia many times, over time, will be more willing to eat this dish, which is very popular on the festive table.


Ordinarily, this dish was born in Belarus, but it is quite popular in Russia. In fact, it’s just fried pies made of potatoes. It’s delicious and not expensive… However, foreigners usually have doubts about the fried pies made of potatoes-how can they be made into the “dough” of the pies? Why do you do this? After all, potatoes can be fried, fried, or eaten as mashed potatoes.

Chicken pie

In ancient Russia, this kind of pie was usually used on festivals, especially on Pentecost (Trinity Day) or weddings. Chicken is usually used as filling to fill the pancake (hence the name of the pancake), but it can also be filled with beef, lamb, fish, potatoes, mushrooms, onions, eggs, sauerkraut, porridge, and nuts. Now this dish is popular again. Except for Russians, only Chinese can eat this kind of pie. Others will say that this is “Russian pizza.” Even if someone dares to taste this kind of pie, there is no guarantee that they will not say in the future that what the Russians gave them was garbage made from what they had at hand…

Cabbage Pie

Pies are eaten all over the world. But using cabbage as a filling-this is purely Russian “Know-How”! Also, it is sauerkraut, which Russians like… It is very possible that foreigners will refuse to eat this kind of pie. You will never be able to convince them on this issue.

Sweet pulp

Even for Russia, sweet syrup is neither a drink nor a dessert. It completely confuses foreigners. Either jelly or juice water? …If the sweet syrup is sold in a cup, they can understand a little bit, but usually it is diluted with boiling water. However, if you pour the sweet syrup into a deep soup plate, foreigners will be frightened!

In short, Russian cuisine is another reason for foreigners to talk about “how mysterious the spiritual world of Russia is” and “Russia cannot be understood with normal logic”… Maybe, Russians are so “special” in food, it may not be Is it a bad thing?

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