Pierogi or polish dumplings, a 3★★★ traditional food

I admit I was surprised to see that dumplings are also traditional food in Europe and especially in Poland. I would never imagined that but getting over the surprise I had to try them and decide for myself. Well…..they are just dumplings, very different by the Chinese or Japanese ones, obviously, with simple fillings ranging from vegetables, cheese, meat and so on, nothing to be impressed. I know I might be harsh on it but I rather be honest. They still deserve 3 stars as it is a correct food and you can never go wrong when choosing pierogi.

Pierogi also known as varenyky, are filled dumplings of Central European origin made by wrapping unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking in boiling water. Typical fillings include potato, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, and fruits. The dumplings may be served with a topping, such as melted butter, sour cream, or fried onion, or a combination of those ingredients.

The origins of pierogi are disputed. Some legends say that pierogi came from China through Italy from Marco Polo’s expeditions.Others contend that pierogi were brought to Poland by Saint Hyacinth of Poland, who brought them back from Kiev (the center of Kievan Rus’, nowadays the capital of Ukraine).On July 13, 1238, Saint Hyacinth visited Kościelec, and on his visit, a storm destroyed all crops; Hyacinth told everyone to pray and by the next day, crops rose back up. As a sign of gratitude, people made pierogi from those crops for Saint Hyacinth. Another legend states that Saint Hyacinth fed the people with pierogi during a famine caused by an invasion by the Tatars in 1241. Yet another legend that holds that pierogi were brought by the Tatars to the West from the former Russian Empire, it has been said that in the 13th century, pierogi had first arrived on Polish territories.None of these legends is supported by the etymological origin of the root pirŭ- from the proto-Slavic for “feast”.


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