Looking at the menu in different Polish restaurants may be a little confusing sometimes. Sometimes, even with the english menu, you may be surprised what you actually ordered. For example, if you order toast for breakfast…you will get something looking almost like grilled cheese with ham!
Here is a list of some typical dishes you may find on the Polish menu:
Zupy - Soups
Chłodnik Litewski: Yoghurt and beetroot soup usually with a boiled egg
Zupa Grochowa: Pea soup
Barszcz Bialy: Wheat and cream soup ((White Barscht)
Żurek: Sour potato and corn soup
Krupnik: Barley & vegetable soup
Kapuśniak: Sour cabbage soup
Zupa Ogórkowa: Sour gurkin or cucumber soup
Zupa Koperkowa: Dill soup.
Rosół: Clear chicken soup with noodles.
Zupa Pomidorowa: Tomato soup with noodles or rice.
Zupa Grzybowa: Wild mushroom soup.
Przystawki – Starters
Smalec: Lard with onion and spices served with bread and pickled gherkins.
Śledzie: Fried herring in sour cream with onion.
Boczek ze śliwką: Bacon stuffed with prunes
Tatar: Like a raw beefburger with onion
Surówki: a lot of times translated as “mixed salads”, but they are actually more like a mixture of coleslaw, finely chopped green and red cabbage, etc.
Dania główne - Main Courses
Eskalopki z cielęciny: Veal in dough.
Polęndwiczki: Serloin steak usually with sauces.
Sztuka mięsa w sosie: Boiled beef in horseradish (usually) sauce.
Zrazy zawijane: Beef rolls stuffed with bacon, gherkin, onion and res pepper in spicy sauce.
Golonka w piwie: Typical Polish food, pork knuckle in beer sauce with horseradish.
Kotlet Schabowy: Breaded pork cutlet, (ideal if you dont want to be too adventurous)
Kiełbasa: Polish sausage in many varieties
Żeberka: Spare pork ribs in different sauces
Kaczka: Roasted duck
Kurczak de volaille: Chicken in butter filled with mushrooms, sometimes there is cheese instead of mushrooms
Wątróbki drobiowe: Chicken livers
Baranina: Roast lamb
Klopsiki: Meatloaf with tomato sauce.
Bigos: Hunter stew with sour cabbage, meat and sausage
Dziczyzna: Wild meat of some kind.
Fasolka po bretońsku: Bean and sausage stew (usually with tomato sauce)
Gołąbki: Stuffed cabbage (usually with mixed ground beef and pork, rice, onions and spices)
Karp w galarecie: Karp in aspic
Naleśniki: Pancakes filled with anything from cheese to strawberries.
Knedle: Potato dumpling stuffid with plums or other fruit.
Frytki: French fries
Kluski śląskie: Silesian dumpling made from potatoes
Placki: a cross between a potato pancake and rosti, very filling but tasty. The farmers variety is nice.
Faworki: Pastry twists
Makowiec: Poppy seed cake.
Pączki: Doughnuts without holes.
Szarlotka: Apple pie
Lody: ice cream
Murzynek: brownies/chocolate cake
Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)