Dagestani Cuisine - Khinkal

Khinkal, Dagestan’s National Dish

During my tour of Moscow’s Danilovsky Market, I stopped at a small fast casual restaurant called Dagestanskaya Lavka to try khinkal, the main dish in Dagestani cuisine. Most of Dagestan’s territory is mountainous, so, traditionally, sheep-farming has been an important activity (though today it’s been supplanted by more lucrative endeavors, such as oil production). The […]

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Siberian Bird Cherry Cake and Lingonberry-Dill Sundae

Siberian Bird Cherry Cake and Lingonberry-Dill Sundae

There are many dishes on the menus of the two restaurants I just reviewed – Omulyovaya Bochka and Chemodan – that most diners will have never encountered before, often prepared with Siberian fish, game meat, or berries. One of the most intriguing, in my opinion, is the bird cherry cake. If unfamiliar with bird cherry […]

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Siberian Cuisine - Wild Boar Cutlets, Celery Root Purée, Kasha and Lingonberry Sauce

Wild Boar Cutlets, Celery Root Purée, Kasha, and Lingonberry Sauce

As seen at the two restaurants discussed in my previous posts, wild game, mushrooms, and berries are three essential ingredients in Siberian cuisine. Quite often, the game meat is prepared as a cutlet – a round or oval patty made of ground meat. There’s a reason for this: while it would be awesome if wild […]

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Russian Space Food

Russian Space Food

Quite logically, being the first to send a man to space, the Soviet Union invented space food. During his historic flight in 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin ate from toothpaste-style tubes containing servings of puréed meat or chocolate sauce, for example. Shortly after that, Gherman Titov became the first human to experience space sickness, and won the dubious distinction […]

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Russian Food - Crab Pozharsky, Mustard Sauce, Aligot and Asparagus

Crab Pozharsky, Mustard Sauce, Aligot and Asparagus

Following my review of Wine & Crab, here’s a recipe inspired by their crab Pozharsky. Traditional Pozharsky cutlets are breaded ground chicken or veal patties (maybe I should publish my own recipe of this traditional Russian dish soon…). The idea here is the same, but the meat is replaced with crab, which results in something closer to […]

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Russian Cuisine - Osso Buco with Pumpkin Mousse and Dried Persimmon Sauce

Osso Buco with Pumpkin Mousse and Dried Persimmon Sauce

As is now customary for my Moscow Rules series, I’m following my review of farm-to-table cum New Russian restaurant LavkaLavka with a recipe inspired by a dish I ate there. This time, I’ve picked chef Vladimir Chistyakov’s osso buco with pumpkin mousse and dried persimmon sauce. I really liked the veal-pumpkin-persimmon pairing, and wanted to build on it […]

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New Russian Brioche, Herring, and Foie Gras

To go with the Moscow Rules series of restaurant reports that I’ve recently started, I intend to create recipes that are directly inspired by or adapted from the dishes I ate during my visits to each restaurant. Consider this my first entry! In my last post, I talked about Moscow’s White Rabbit, its ambitious Chef […]

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