One of the highlights of our trip was finding what to eat in Romania. Although it’s not the healthiest cuisine out there, there are many delights to try.
Corvigi is a circular bread-like pretzel that you can eat plain or with fillings like jam or chocolate (my personal favourite). These were a convenient and delicious snack that were easy to pick up as you walk by the many patisseries in Brasov.
Translated as Chimney cake in English, this was probably my favourite thing that I ate in Romania. I’ve been daydreaming about them ever since. I first saw these at the Bucharest Christmas market and the queue discouraged me from trying it then, but it also sparked my curiosity as it was so popular. At first I was unsure what exactly they were making as the way the bread rotates while being cooked instantly made me think of Istanbul’s kebabs.
It wasn’t until my last day in Romania that I managed to get my hands on one of these babies. Maybe it was seeing the steam evaporate from the bread as you walk away from the shop in -15 degrees. Maybe it was the crunch of the crispy, sugary, cinnamon flavoured exterior. Maybe it was the oh-so-squishy fluffy bread on the inside. I don’t know, but I fell further and further in love with every bite.
This dish is actually Hungarian, but as Romania has a significant Hungarian-speaking community, the distinction is blurred.
The soups in Romania were so good, and the freezing cold temperatures made it all the more special. Try ciorba in paine for a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with soup. The beef and vegetable soups were a hearty supper. The Transylvanian sour soups had a tasty tang.
Bulz is creamy melted and quite strongly flavoured cheese covered in polenta served with bacon and eggs. The textures of the cheese and polenta really make this flavoursome dish.
Cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and rolled up. I tried these at Caru Cu Bere in Bucharest.
Whether sweet or savoury, every time I had crepes in Romania I was thrilled. We had the chicken and vegetable crepes at Caru Cu Bere in Bucharest, and I had dessert crepes at Sergiana in Brasov. Both were winners.
Pork, pork, pork!
Sausages, stews, bacon, ham, cracking, hock, it’s all on offer in Romania. Whilst I’m not a big meat eater, many of the traditional dishes centred around pork and so I gave it a try. I enjoyed it for the most part, but the oiliness and saltiness made me feel a bit gross after eating it everyday, so go easy.
A cool thing about food in Romania is that the menu tells you how many grams the food will be, so you can be certain that the food you’re eating matches your hunger levels. This is such a good idea and I would love to see it implemented in more places. Don’t forget to top it off with an Ursus beer or mulled wine!