Saturday, September 18, 2021

Food & Drinks in Estonia

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Food in Estonia

Estonian cuisine is strongly influenced by German and Nordic cuisine. Verivorst, or black pudding, is the closest thing to a national meal, and it’s paired with mulgikapsad, or sauerkraut stew.

Many foods, such as hapukoor (smetana in Russian), a sour 20 percent-fat milk dressing for salads, particularly “kartulisalat” or “potato salad,” are comparable to Russian meals and are virtually solely available in the former USSR.

Because Estonia was a food mass-production powerhouse during the Soviet era, several of its dishes, which are unfamiliar to Westerners, are still well-known in the CIS. This is also true in the opposite direction; goods from former Soviet Union nations, such as Georgian mineral water, are commonly accessible in Estonian supermarkets.

Some wildlife goods, such as wild boar, elk sausages, and deer grill, are sold at Estonian grocery shops alongside other daily foods. Bear meat is also available at certain places.

For those with a sweet taste, “Kalev” is the national chocolate producer, with numerous specialty shops and supermarkets selling the product across the country.

The more daring may wish to try “kohuke,” a chocolate-covered milk-curd treat that can be found in every store.

Drinks in Estonia

The Estonians, like their Russian neighbors, are well-versed in booze. The local beer Saku, or A. Le Coq, the local vodka brands Viru Valge (Vironian White) and Saaremaa Vodka, and the unexpectedly smooth and delicious rum-like herbal liqueur Vana Tallinn (Old Tallinn), which is renowned in former Soviet nations, are also popular tipples.

“Kali” (the Estonian counterpart of “kvass”) is a popular soft drink prepared from fermented brown bread. It’s what you’d call an acquired taste.

Many residents swear by “keefir,” a fermented milk beverage.