Food&Drink in Romania
December 26, 2006 7:29am CST
Wine - Romania has a long tradition of making wine,in fact Romania is the fifth world producer of wine,the best wineries begin Murfatlar,Cotnari,Dragasani,Bohotin..Its quality is very good and the price is reasonably cheap:expect to pay 4-10 euro for a bottle of Romanian wine.Several people in touristic areas make their own wine and sell it directly.Anywhere you want to buy it ,it is sold only in bottles of about 75 cl,so if you want try it you have to buy the whole bottle. Beer-like all the countries with a strong Latin bachground,Romania has not a long and diffused tradition of brewing beer,but nowdays beer is very widespread and rather cheap compared to other countries . Spirits -The strongest alcohol is palinca with roughklt 60 % pure alcohol,the next is tuica 40-50 %.Strong alcohol is also cheap with a bottle of vodka starting off between 15-170euro. The food Romanian food is distinct yet familiar to most people ,being a mixture of Oriental,Austrian and Frenche flavours,but it has some unique elements.The local dishes are the delicious sarmale ,mamaliga (polenta),bulz(traditional roasted polenta,filled with at least 2kindsof cheese,bacon and sour cream),friptura(steak)and cozonac (a special cake bread baked for Christamas or Easter)as well as tocana(a kind of stew)tochitura,mici,ciorba de burta (white sour tripe soup),ciorba taraneasca(a red sour soup,akin to borscht without the beet rooat and using instead fermented wheat bram,with lots of vegetables),Dobrudjan .mujdei(special sauces made of garlic,olive oil and spices). Generallu there is food street food including hot pretzels,langosi (hot dough filled with cheese),gogosi(donut-like dough coated with fine sugar),mici(spicy meat patties in the shape of sausages)excellent pastries (merdenele,dobrogene,poal-n brau,ardelenesti).Very popular are kebab and shawarma (Turckey).