If you’re looking for a new and exciting cuisine to try, Moldovan dishes are a great option. From traditional favorites like mamaliga (cornmeal mush) and sarmale (stuffed cabbage leaves) to lesser-known but equally delicious dishes like plăcintă cu brânză (cheese pastry) and bulz (fried polenta), there are plenty of Moldovan foods that are worth trying. And, since Moldova is well known for its wines, be sure to pair your meal with a glass or two of local viniculture.
Traditional Moldovan food is sometimes similar to Romanian food, but not without putting its own, significantly delicious spin on it. If you ever find yourself on a trip to Moldova, or want to make your own comfort food at home, the Moldovan traditional food is a very good choice.
Sarmale – Stuffed Cabbage (or Grape Leaves) Rolls
Sarmale is a traditional dish in a few parts of the Europe European region (and even in Turkish cuisine), consisting of stuffed cabbage or grape leaves. The filling is usually a mixture of meat and rice, although vegetarian versions are also common. Sarmale is often served with a sour cream or yogurt sauce.
The sauce is made by mixing sour cream or yogurt with a little bit of water, some chopped fresh dill, and a pinch of salt.
Polenta, served with feta cheese, sour cream and (sometimes) fried eggs
Polenta is a dish made from cornmeal that is usually boiled in water or broth. It can be served plain, or with toppings such as cheese, sour cream, or fried eggs. Polenta is popular in many countries, including Moldova, where it is often served as a side dish or even as a main dish. In some households, it even replaces bread for some meals.
Note: polenta leftovers are boiled in milk and served as a delicious dairy dish.
Moldovan Pie – feta or sweet cheese pie
Moldovan pie is a type of cheese pie that is popular in Moldova. It is made with either feta cheese or sweet cheese, and often includes other ingredients such as eggs, vegetables, and meat. The pies are typically baked in a traditional clay oven, and are delicious both hot or cold. It is usually served as a snack or dessert and it is a cherished staple in both Romania and Moldova.
Moldovan Chicken Soup – Zeama
Moldovan chicken soup is a hearty and filling soup that is perfect for any meal. The soup is made with chicken, potatoes, carrots, and celery, and is flavored with lovage, borscht and parsley. This soup can be made in advance and reheated, or it can be made fresh and served immediately.
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Stuffed bell peppers are a classic dish that can be enjoyed any time of year. They are typically made with a combination of rice, ground beef, and vegetables, and then baked in the oven or boiled. This dish is hearty and filling, and can be easily customized to your liking. Whether you like your peppers spicy or mild, stuffed bell peppers are a delicious way to enjoy a healthy meal.
Chicken or Pork Jelly (racitura, also known as piftie)
This dish is a traditional Romanian dish, typically made with pork, but chicken can also be used. The meat is cooked in water until very tender and then shredded. Next, the cooking water is strained and gelatin is added to it. The mixture is then cooled and set in a mold. Once cooled and set, it can be sliced and served as is, or with a big chunk of hot homemade bread.
Pork Stew (Tochitura)
Pork Stew (Tochitura) is a traditional Moldovan & Romanian dish made of pork, lard, garlic, onion, and paprika. It is usually served with polenta and pickled vegetables.
If you want to try any of the above dishes, there are plenty of recipes online that will get the authentic Moldovan taste and aromas into your home. However, if you get a chance, try these foods as made by a Moldovan cook using fresh and wholesome ingredients. I guarantee that you will absolutely love the food and it’s farm-like heartiness.