Depending on where you live, Russian food might be pretty hard to come by. Many of the dishes haven’t achieved the international popularity that foods from other cultures have on the world stage. So while traveling throughout Russia, one of the greatest surprises is often the amazing food!

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There are a handful of delicacies that you should definitely try before you leave Russia. Fair warning: Nearly all of them contain sour cream. They are all packed with flavor and will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Check out these 10 foods that you’ll fall in love while in Russia.

10 Fried Goodness: Kotleti

If you like meat and chicken patties, then you’ll love kotleti. These little slabs of heaven are made from either beef or chicken. You can also find them in some restaurants made with pike instead, according to The Culture Trip. The other ingredients that go into them are onion which has been minced and breadcrumbs.

The kotleti are fried until they are delicious, golden and crispy. Almost like chicken fried steak, but not quite! Although you could probably eat a ton of them on their own, they’re most frequently served with a carb-based side. This might include mashed potatoes or pasta.

9 Best Way To Have Your Veggies: Mushroom Julienne

Often, it’s the simple dishes that taste the most magical. Mushroom Julienne is about as simple as it gets. This dish is comprised of mushrooms which have been thinly sliced and combined with sour cream. This is then baked and topped with grated cheese.

When it comes time to serve, mushroom Julienne usually comes presented in a metal dish or bread crust. Michelin explains that sometimes chicken or seafood is added to the dish to give it more variety, but then it’s no longer classic mushroom julienne.

8 Sweet & Sour Soup: Solyanka

The Russians are known for their delicious soups. Although they serve up some tasty chilled soups, their hot soups are to die for. One of the most popular is called solyanka, which is essentially a sweet and sour soup.

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The ingredients that go into a standard solyanka include pork, chicken, and beef, both fresh and cured. Pickled cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, olives, and capers. Fresh herbs such as parsley and dill are then added. This dish is perfect for warding off the extreme cold that you may experience in Russia during the winter.

7 Super Creamy: Beef Stroganoff

You don’t have to be Russian to have heard of beef stroganoff. This classic dish is now popular all over the world, but of course, you will still find the most authentic version in Russia. Basically, beef stroganoff consists of beef strips that are tossed in a sauce made with butter, mustard, onions, white wine, and sour cream. You can eat it by itself, but most people like to have it served with starchy noodles.

Sour cream is a staple ingredient in many Russian dishes. In the local language, it is known as smetana.

6 Russian Salad: Olivier Salad

You can now get a Russian salad all over the world. But again, the authentic Russian version is worth trying and has a few key differenced from the salad that is served in other countries. In the capital city of Moscow, this salad is known as Olivier salad after a chef named Lucien Olivier, who created the original recipe.

Inside this cold salad, you’ll find ingredients such as potatoes, eggs, bologna, fresh cucumber, pickles, peas, and sometimes other vegetables. The dressing is mayonnaise-based and super creamy. As Expatica points out, there tends to be less mayo used in the authentic Russian version than in other versions.

5 Sweet Honeycake: Medovik

As far as sweets go, Russia definitely has its fair share of desserts. One of the most popular is a type of honey cake called medovik. Of course, the other star ingredient in this sweet dish is sour cream which has been sweetened.

Historically, medovik was beloved by the Imperial family. It consists of think layers of honey sponge cake which are alternated with layers of sour cream. The cake is normally stacked quite high, usually containing between five and 15 layers. Nuts are often sprinkled on top to absorb some of the cream.

4 Cabbage Rolls: Golubtsy

Cabbage rolls make an appearance in quite a few international cuisines. In Russia, they are known as golubtsy, and unlike in some other countries, they’re not a vegetarian dish. Instead, golubtsy contains beef that has been shredded or minced.

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This is one dish that you don’t have to be in Russia to sample. You can find them all over Eastern Europe. According to Flavor Verse, though, the Russians do them a little differently. As you may have guessed, they add a dollop of sour cream to bring another dimension of flavor.

3 Adopted Classic: Borscht

If there was one Russian dish that was more famous than the rest combined, it would be borscht. This soup is thought of as quintessentially Russian, but interestingly, it originated in another Eastern European nation: Ukraine.

The base for the soup comes from beets, which gives it the vibrant purple-red color. Meat and vegetables go into the soup which makes it super filling and hearty. Some recipes use everything from carrots to cabbage to potatoes in their ingredients. The best thing about borscht is that it can be served either hot or cold.

2 Divine Dumplings: Pelmeni

Russians are masters when it comes to dumplings. While visiting the country, you’ll definitely come across what’s known as pelmeni: Dumplings that are made from thin dough. Inside, you might find a range of stuffings and ingredients. Normally, they are filled with ground meat, mushrooms, onions, and turnip.

There tend to be regional differences between the pelmeni that are served around Russia. It’s also debated as to where exactly they originated from. Many believe that they were originally a Siberian creation. Nowadays, they are adored all over Russia!

1 Versatile Pancakes: Blini

The Russian answer to the French crepe is known as blini or blin. These pancakes are incredibly versatile because they can be both savory and sweet. When sweet, they are rolled with fillings such as chocolate syrup and jam. When savory, they tend to contain cheese, caviar, onions, and of course, sour cream.

According to Trip Savvy, there is a religious festival in Russia where blini are eaten to celebrate. Known as Maslenitsa, the festival takes place before the beginning of the religious season known as Great Lent.

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