Polish snak and Fat food
You can’t leave Poland without trying the most famous snack from Kraków!
Begin your day with an obwarzanek which is usually mistaken with a bagel but in reality this snack from the XIV century is totally different. It is made from yeast-leavened wheat dough that commonly contains butter, sugar, salt, water and it is boiled before baking. Hence it has a crunchy crust, dens and chewy texture. The traditional shape of obwarzanek is round with a hole in the middle. The shiny surface is sprinkled with salt, poppy or sesame seeds. They are sold from a white& blue carts located on the streets of Kraków. Colours of the carts are equal to the flag of Krakow. They symbolize purity and the Vistula river. 150 thousand pieces are sold every day from 180 carts!
Other tasty snack is a slice of a rye bread spread with a lard (smalec). Pork fat with pork meat and skin usually contains also chopped onions, sometimes even chopped apple. A slice of a fermented cucumber on top of it creates a great starter. Cucumbers pickled in vinegar (korniszon) are called gherkin in the UK but their origin is Central and Eastern European cuisine. Fermented cucumbers (ogórek kiszony) are pickled in a jar with brine, garlic, dill and horseradish.
Herrings , herrings, herrings (śledź).. there are thousand of ways to serve them. The best “anti- hangover” option is the one seasoned with sunflower oil or with sour cream. Pickled herrings served with chopped onions, peeled and chopped hard-cooked eggs, lemon juice, salt and pepper, sprinkled with dill or parsley are delicious. Herrings were very popular in the Medieval times especially in meatless periods of fasting .
“Zapiekanka” is a legendary snack from the Kazimierz district. It is a baguette, cut in half, sprinkled with mushroom and cheese, baked in the oven. The classic version comes with chives and ketchup but now you can choose from a dozen of tasty toppings.
You can end your night out having a grilled sausage (kiełbasa) from a communist-style blue van (“niebieska nyska”) located next to the market called Hala Targowa. You will wait in a long queue with students, police officers, ambulance drivers and some party animals but it’s definitely worth it! 🙂