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Hot dog for breakfast? Only in Poland. Posted by on Jul 23, 2021 in Culture, Food, Traditions

Polish breakfast (śniadanie) is definitely nothing like a breakfast in USA. And a hot dog without a bun is pretty much a breakfast staple in Poland.

There are so many different types of hot dogs served in Poland, but the typical breakfast ones are “parówki wieprzowe“, which are pork hot dogs, with a very delicate taste and good quality. They are usually pretty thin or short and little.  They are served with cold cuts (wędliny), cheeses (sery), bread (chelb) and rolls (bułki), buffet style. There are no typical hot dogs buns served with them though…and I don’t think I actually had a true hot dog on a bun before I moved to USA…

Parówki – cold cuts and Polish hot dogs. Image by Dagny Walter from Pixabay

I have to admit that it is really hard to find a traditional, true Polish breakfast place here. Breakfast in Poland has a very rich tradition. Like in many Eastern European countries, it’s typically a wide range of different spreads, reflective of its traditional importance in coping with the colder climate. A lot of food served is smoked, pickled, or salted.

Śniadanie. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Hearty meats, hot dogs (parówki), hard boiled eggs, breads (typically warm, crispy rolls rather than toast), pastries, mayonnaise, oatmeal and muesli, cheeses, pickled fruits and vegetables, and jams and jellies.

So yes, there is nothing weird with having a hot dog for breakfast, actually not only in Poland, but in other European countries as well. Those fully cooked small sausages are often served hot by boiling them shortly in hot water. Then, when placed on a plate, they are known to emit steam (“para” in Polish) and that’s where the name parówka (pl. parówki) comes from.

What is your favorite part of Polish breakfast?

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. ewa szpetecka:

    Bardzo ladnie opisane, ale to nie byly typowe sniadania to bylo chyba na swieta. Pamietam te parowki i chlebki, coz w USA nie jest zawsze dostepne. Pozd.