Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food Everyone Should Taste Once in Their Lifetime

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Romanian cuisine is full of tasty dishes! Romanian food is appreciated and praised by foreigners from all over the world. Romanian cuisine includes both daily dishes and special holiday preparations. Here’s a list of the top 10 traditional Romanian food.

Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food Everyone Must Try

The Romanian foods are made up of vegetables, cereals, vegetable oils, milk, dairy products, and meat. Sweets, pies, and jams have a special place in the Romanian kitchen. Below we’ve shortlisted the best top 10 traditional Romanian food everyone should try at least once.

1. Sarmale – (Cabbage Rolls)

Sarmale is made of minced meat (usually pork, but also beef, sheep, poultry or even fish), mixed with rice and other ingredients, wrapped in cabbage rolls. Sarmale is usually served with buttermilk and cream. This famous dish is known by the same name in Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Greece and the Republic of Moldova.

1. Sarmale – (Cabbage Rolls) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Sarmale

Gourmands agree that sarmale tastes better when boiled in an iron pot over low flame. This culinary delicacy has a special flavor and it is one worth trying. It stands at #1 in the top 10 traditional Romanian Food.

2. Carnati Afumati – (Smoked Sausages)

Carnati afumati is prepared with minced meat, seasoned with red chili powder, garlic, black pepper powder, and other special flavors. The meat mixture is placed in animal intestines (usually pork) and then smoked. This kind of preparation represents a true delight among Romanians.

2. Carnati Afumati – (Smoked Sausages) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Carnati Afumati

The traditional smoked sausages prepared with spices, salt, cumin, and chili are the best! If you are a foodie, then we recommend you to try spicy carnati afumati roasted on the barbecue. This delicious dish stands at #2 in our list of the top 10 traditional Romanian food.

3. Pomana Porcului – (Thanksgiving Meal)

During the holidays Romanians are slaughtering pigs for various preparations. The name “pomana porcului” has been given by the ancestors and it represents the “thanksgiving table” for the help received from relatives, neighbors or friends. The meal is offered after the host has finished his work.

3. Pomana Porcului – (Thanksgiving Meal) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Pomana Porcului

Pomana porcului is obtained by roasting different pieces of meat, such as: (muscle, liver, bacon, rib, jaw, representing all parts of the slaughtered animal). This is a traditional meal and it is prepared in the entire country yearly. We know you guys are going to love this traditional meal, that’s why pomana porcului occupied a place in the top 10 traditional Romanian food.

4. Ciorba de Fasole cu Ciolan – (Bean borsch with Pork)

Ciorba de fasole cu ciolan is an integral part of the Romanian cuisine. Noticeable differences are depending on the area. In the South part of the country it is cooked with more vegetables and in Moldova a little bit more flavored with dill, lovage, or tarragon in other parts.

4. Ciorba de Fasole cu Ciolan – (Bean borsch with Pork) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Ciorba de Fasole cu Ciolan

Some people through Transylvania thickens the borsch with buttermilk or sweet cream, and for a bit of sourness, a spoon of vinegar. But essentially the bean borsch remains a national goodie. #4 in top 10 traditional Romanian food.

5. Ciorba Ardeleneasca de Porc – (Transylvanian Pig Broth)

It’s definitely our favorite broth! Unlike the other broths in which they use greens, in this broth, the secret ingredient is tarragon, which gives a special flavor in combination with pork.

5. Ciorba Ardeleneasca de Porc – (Transylvanian Pig Broth) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Ciorba Ardeleneasca de Porc

The sour cream is the best friend of this broth and it is extremely delicious. We recommend you to try ciorba Ardeleneasca de porc. Occupied its place #5 in the top 10 traditional Romanian food.

6. Papanasi cu Branza de Vaci si Dulceata de Visine – (Cottage Cheese Dumplings and Jam)

Papanasi are some kind of dessert made from sweet cow cheese, eggs, flour, breadcrumbs, and sugar. This sweet is served in every Romanian restaurant, so if you guys plan to visit Romania, don’t forget to ask for papanasi.

6. Papanasi cu Branza de Vaci si Dulceata de Visine – (Cottage Cheese Dumplings and Jam) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Papanasi cu Branza de Vaci si Dulceata de Visine

Papanasi are fried in vegetable oil and usually served with sweet cream and jams, but it can be served only with sprinkled sugar. Every Romanian loves this sweet dish, and it’s easy to make. Papanasi also gets its name listed under the top 10 traditional Romanian food.

7. Carne Prajita cu Ou si Mamaliga – (Fried Pork with Eggs and Polenta)

It’s a delicious dish! 200 grams of meat with two fried eggs and hot polenta alongside, assorted pickles and the feast is assured.

7. Carne Prajita cu Ou si Mamaliga – (Fried Pork with Eggs and Polenta) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Carne Prajita cu Ou si Mamaliga

Most of the Romanians are cooking this dish quite often at home. This is served during winter, especially after the pig slaughter. So, will you guys try it? It stands at #7 in the top 10 traditional Romanian food.

8. Saramura de Crap – (Carp Brine)

4 Pieces of carp, 1 piece of hot pepper, 4 small tomatoes, 1 piece of dried dill, 2 garlic cloves, 10 peppercorns, 2 bay leaf, 1 tablespoon salt. Are you going to cook it?

8. Saramura de Crap - (Carp Brine) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Saramura de Crap

It is always a pleasure to cook this delicious grilled carp and the brine comes out delicious with the fish flavor. If you are a fish lover, then this is the best choice! Saramura de crap is the 8th traditional Romanian delicacy in our top 10 traditional Romanian food.

9. Ciorba de Burta – (Beef Belly Broth)

Ciorba de burta is a traditional Romanian food, and it is served in every restaurant. There are many variants of ciorba de burta recipes but the most widespread in Romania are those based on cream and served with garlic and vinegar.

9. Ciorba de Burta – (Beef Belly Broth) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Ciorba de Burta

It is actually beef broth based on vegetables: carrots, guile, celery with beef chops to which the main ingredient is added “the beef belly cut into strips. It is very tasty! And that’s the reason it also gets a place in our list of top 10 traditional Romanian food.

10. Placinte cu Branza – (Cheese Pie)

Placinte cu branza is are a pastry product with an old tradition in Romania. Dough is being filled with sweet cheese and powdered with sugar, it is a real treat for anyone who tastes it.

10. Placinte cu Branza – (Cheese Pie) - Top 10 Traditional Romanian Food
Placinte cu Branza

If we made you crave, then you should probably get ready for your next trip to Europe or look for the recipes. We hope you guys liked our top 10 traditional Romanian food. And yes! Keep an eye on our website, we will come back with more goodies to make you crave!

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