5 Best Foods in Romania

Ask any Romanian what their national sport is, and you'd be surprised at their answer: barbecuing. Or someone else will most likely answer, drinking beer or their alcoholic beverage of choice. Whatever it is, there's no denying Romania's love for food, and if you're ever to visit their country, these dishes are a must-eat!

1. Sarmale

Hanu’ Berarilor Interbelic, Foursquare.com

You'd first notice this dish because it is wrapped in cabbage. Yes, you read that right. Sarmale is probably Romania's version of spring rolls. But, it's not just cabbage that could be used for this dish. You will find another version of Sarmale with vine leaves as it's wrapper. What's inside the wrapper? Just like spring rolls, it has pork or any kind of meat, herbs, and rice. So it's a complete meal in one bite!

Name:
Hanu' Berarilor Interbelic
Address:
Casa Oprea Soare (Str. Col. Poenaru Bordea nr. 2), 040093 Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 729 400 800
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

2. Tochitură Moldoveneasca

Casa Românească, Foursquare.com

Don't get fooled by the long name. If you like pork meat or beef, cheese, eggs, and porridge made out of corn flour (mămăligă), then you'd definitely try this dish.

The meat used for this dish is cooked in a stew - like manner, so no surprise taste there. And the ingredients mentioned above are arranged separately, so if you don't like your porridge mixing up with your cheese, you can try this one.

Name:
Casa Românească
Address:
Bd. Mamaia, 900001 Mamaia, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. Ciorba de Burta

Taverna “La Călinescu”, Foursquare.com

This is Romania's hangover cure. And yes, they definitely need one. More popularly known around the world as tripe soup, this taste sour. So if you aren't into the sour soups, then you might want to just start with a wee bit sip before you gorge your way into this.

The soup, believe it or not, takes three to four hours to cook. The ingredients seem simple (tripe, egg yolks, vegetables, flour, vinegar, pepper, and sour cream), but it takes skills and experience to come up with an excellent Ciorba.

Name:
Taverna "La Călinescu"
Address:
Str. Piscului nr. 16 (Bd. Tineretului), Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 21 331 0750
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Mici

Restaurant „La Cocoșatu“, Foursquare.com

Made of pork, beef, and mutton - this is considered as Romania's street food/fast food. All they need to do is to mix these different kinds of meat together, grill it and there you have it.

Also called mititei, the sausage like mici has a number of herbs used to make it and the Romanians eat it with mustard and bread.

Name:
Restaurant „La Cocoșatu“
Address:
Str. Neagoe Vodă nr. 52A (între Bd. Aerogării şi Str. Grațioasă), Bucharest, Romania
TEL:
+40 21 232 8796
HP:
Foursquare.com

5. Papanași

La Scoica, Foursquare.com

Soft cheese and jam inside fried/baked pastry? Sounds delish! This is Romania's most popular dessert, and it really is heaven. It's usually served with cream on top and its best eaten while hot.

Name:
La Scoica
Address:
Str. Aprodu Purice nr. 5 (Bd. Mamaia), Constanța, Romania
TEL:
+40 241 614 164
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Think you can conquer the colorful palette of European cuisine? When trying new food, try to keep an open mind and definitely do not be deceived by the way it looks. Take your first bite and feel the texture of the food gliding against your taste buds. It's just like saying, do not judge the book by it's cover.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?