What to eat and drink in Bulgaria
Here are the top 5 things to eat and drink in Bulgaria when you’re traveling through the Balkans:
This is a pastry product, kind of like a pie. You usually eat it 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. You make it with yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, oil, and water. In other words, it’s a more liquid version of the Greek’s Tzatziki. However, you can also serve this soup 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 colors 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!
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