(That i didn’t try but totally should have – Part 1)
Have you ever been to Poland? I have. Nice country, really; with friendly people, good beer and some amazing food.
Speaking of food, a confession: I didn’t get to try these particular dishes when I went there. This is mostly because we were staying at a hostel that served relatively international meals. We did go to restaurants, but not very often. Looking at it now, I should have done research beforehand, because I missed out on some amazing-sounding food!
So, without further ado, this blog covers some dishes I read about that make me regret not getting to try them.
Hopefully this will help prevent some of you guys from missing out on it as well!
This is a traditional polish meat soup, most commonly made as a clear chicken soup with noodles. For the vegetarians out there, the meat can be substituted with oil or butter.
The soup often contains homemade noodles and diverse vegetables, for example carrots or onions. It is a very popular dish, served both during family dinners and extraordinary events like weddings.
The name is said to have evolved over time: First “rosół” apparently stood for a kind of salted meat cooked in water to soften it. This was done to make it more edible. Later on, people began using fresh meat instead, added other ingredients and a soup was born.
Today, many types of rosół exist, including but not limited to:
Rosół Królewski (royal rosół), which is made with beef, chicken and goose. To that are added parsley, celery, leek, carrot and bolets. It is left to simmer on low heat for over 6 hours, before being served with a softly burned onion.
Rosół myśliwski (hunters rosół), which contains various wild birds, for example pheasant, wood grouse, capercaille and partridge. Further added are mushrooms and a little bit of deer.
Rosół does not contain pork as the broth would no longer be clear if that was added. This is also the reason for it being boiled slowly. It actually sounds like quite the complicated dish to make. With its long cooking time (up to six damn hours!) and variety of ingredients, this unassuming-looking meal takes some effort for sure. As such I would suggest that instead of making it yourself, you travel to Poland. Accommodation is cheap, and a flight from the Netherlands takes less time than cooking the actual soup.
As for locations, well, it´s an extremely common dish. I am fairly certain you could walk into almost any restaurant in Poland and just order it.
Okay, okay, if you really want a recipe, fine! 😛