This is a pastry product, kind of like a pie, which is usually enjoyed for breakfast. Depending on the stuffing, Banitsa can be salty (e.g. with sirene cheese, spinach, mushrooms, cabbage) or sweet (e.g. pumpkin, apples, walnuts). Excellent as street food, for the on-the-go backpacker.
2. Tarator Soup
Similar to the Spanish Gazpacho, Tarator is a soup that’s served cold. It is made of yoghurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, oil and water. In other words, it’s a more liquid version of the Greek’s Tzatziki. 🙂 However, it can also be served with walnuts, and, to make it even more refreshing on those hot summer days: ice cubes!
3. Shopska Salad
This is a salad you will find in every menu when you’re visiting Bulgaria. The Shopska salad is simple and contains basic ingredients (cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, and parsley), but it’s also very tasty. In addition, the colours of its ingredients are also the ones found on the Bulgarian flag.
Depending on the Bulgarian region you’re in, the taste of this meal will vary. However, even though the recipes are different, it always contains marinated cooked meat and vegetables, plus spices. Kavarma can be mild or hot, therefore if you’re not into spicy foods, ask beforehand or skip it!
5. Raki (40-90% alc.)
Raki is a common treat in the Balkans. It is made by the distillation of fermenting fruit (grapes, plums, pears, apples, apricots, cherries or figs). The taste of raki might not be to everyone’s liking, but it is definitely something to try, at least once. Cheers!