Food, eating habits and cusine of Moldova
One of the most famous dishes is also a best known Romanian meal called mamaliga, which is basically a porridge or cornmeal mash. It is the meal staple of the population and usually accompanied with meat dishes and stews or like sour cream, cracklings or cottage cheese. There are also delicacies that include brined cheese or mutton stew usually accompanied by wines.
Traditional dishes are composed of a variety of vegetables which include bell peppers, beans, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, leek, tomatoes, and unions among others. They are usually baked, marinated, pickled, salted or steamed.
The country’s cuisine will not be complete without meat. They are usually served as appetizers and first courses in which the most popular are chicken soup and meat borscht. The borscht is a soup that originated in Ukraine and mostly the main ingredient is beet root. Other meat products include beef meatballs, steamed lamb and roast and grilled pork. Most of the meat and fish are marinated before being grilled.
During the holidays, a dish known as “sarma” in Romania or “dolma” in Turkey is prepared. This dish is composed of cabbage leaves filled with minced meat, chicken noodles, jelly and others. The dish is accompanied with cakes, pastries, rolls and buns filled with cheese, fruit, vegetables and walnuts among others. In Romania the buns are known as “cozonac” or “pasca”.