What to do after you finished the free tour? Find traditional Lithuanian restaurant and try local food, of course! If you don‘t know what to order there, this article will help you. Things that are mentioned here are Lithuanian traditional dishes, but keep in mind that Lithuanian cuisine was influenced by our neighbors so it‘s possible to find similar or same dishes in the countries around.
Let’s start with classics. Cepelinai or zeppelins are potato dumplings stuffed with meat, mushrooms, or cheese, often garnished with fried minced onion and bacon or sour cream. They are really fat and dense, so for people who don’t like heavy food or just don’t eat too much, I would recommend ordering half of portion. The half portion is one cepelinas, the full portion is two of them.
After cepelinai second most popular Lithuanian dish is šaltibarščiai. It is a cold soup made of beetroots, cucumber, spring onions, dill, boiled egg, and kefir. Everything is chopped, mixed and voila, soup is made. It is served with hot potatoes what we usually dip into the soup. Because of beetroots soup gets its pink color so don‘t worry if you forgot that complex name of this soup. Just say that you want pink soup and everybody will understand you.
This is also a common dish in Lithuanian restaurants. These pancakes can be just simple pancakes or stuffed with meat. Usually, a sauce is sour cream but they are also very good with mushroom sauce or with bacon.
And now let’s jump to least known dishes. Kūgelis (also bulvių plokštainis) is potato pudding made with grated potatoes, eggs and sometimes pieces of meat. It is usually served with sour cream or bacon. It is like potato pie or Lithuanian version of lasagna made of potatoes.
Another potato dish, but the last one here. Vėdarai is large intestine of a domestic pig stuffed with grated potato, onion and bacon mash. Sounds gross but it tastes quite good.
Kibinai are traditional pastries filled with mutton and onion, popular with Karaite ethnic minority in Lithuania. Most Karaites live in Trakai so there you can find best kibinai on every corner.
It is Lithuanian dried and cold-smoked sausage made of meat, fat, salt, pepper and garlic. It has unusual bubble shape and you can usually see them hanged in the local markets in Lithuania (for example in Halės market).
Lithuanians really like beer (and we think that our beer is the best) and we have some snacks to eat while drinking beer. The most popular and the most delicious is fried bread. You can even prepare it at home by yourself, it’s very easy. You just need to fry some black bread and when it will become hard and crispy, rub it with a clove of garlic and sprinkle with salt. Another possible way is to fry bread and make sauce from mayonnaise, cheese, and garlic. Try it at the bar and you won’t regret.
It is quite an unusual dish. Meat (or fish) with vegetables in jelly form. It looks beautiful and delicious but because of texture, it is strange. In general, people like it or hate it. This funny video proves that 😀
And I will finish this list with sweets. Šakotis (which means “branch”) is a cake made of butter, egg whites, and yolks, flour, sugar, and cream, cooked on a rotating spit in an oven or over an open fire. Lithuanians usually eat that during big celebrations like Christmas, New Year or weddings. Biggest šakotis was made in Lithuania in 2015 and it was 3,7 meters high.
What was your favorite Lithuanian dish?