Soups & Mains

Soups in most Eurasian cultures are important dietary staples and often begin a meal or can be the main course. Many, particularly in older generations, consider a meal without a soup to be incomplete. Other common mains include dumplings or pies, which can take many forms depending on the individual culture. Again, these can often serve various purposes, either acting as the main course, a side course, or even as dessert. The below resources concentrate on these items, but also other types of traditional main courses, presenting them in bilingual recipes and with histories and descriptions of the food’s current place in the modern culture that consumes them.

Solyanka: A Sour, Russian, Meaty Soup

Solyanka (Солянка), is made from pickled vegetables, meat, and sour cream. It is considered traditionally Russian but is today enjoyed across the former Soviet space and Eastern Bloc, and particularly in East Germany. Having been served for hundreds of years in several countries, solyanka has gone through a lot of modifications and now has many different […]

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