Romanians have a particular way of cooking, and their food is absolutely delicious if you get it in the right place and it is cooked the right way. You must absolutely try the cabbage meat rolls ('sarmale') with polenta ('mamaliga') and garnished with sour cream. This dish is actually the traditional Christmas dinner, and everyone has it on Christmas day.
Soups are very important and they are part of the daily menu. The delicious chicken soup with noddles served with fresh parsley is among the most famous. Others are "ciorba de perisoare" (meatball soup), "ciorba taraneasca" (vegetable soup, with or without meat), "ciorba de burta" (tripe soup).
In the countryside, people still use clay pots and cast-iron kettles for cooking. Food prepared in this way has a unique taste. And because they use fresh vegetables from their own garden and meat from the animals that they've raised, you can imagine for yourself how that must taste like. It will just make your taste buds come to life.
There are plenty restaurants which serve traditional Romanian food, but it would be best if you would have the change to experience this in a Romanian home. And if you do, it's good to know that Romanian portions are quite big, and don't even try to refuse your host, because you won't stand a chance. This is the Romanian hospitality!
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