Estonian cuisine is a part of the broader Northern European cuisine. It is similar to Finnish and Swedish cuisines in many respects but also shares some similarities with German and Russian cuisines due to the historical ties with these cultures. Here we introduce some unique foods you should try when visiting Estonia!
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Kiluvõileib is a traditional Estonian dish that consists of rye bread, butter and European sprat. The sandwich is topped with an egg and garnished with an egg. Estonians enjoy this sandwich every important holiday, as it has been a staple for many years.
The word "kartulisalat" literally translates to "potato salad". It’s made out of potatoes, mayo, sour cream, ham or sausage, peas, onion, and carrots. This dish is often eaten as a side dish with other foods like meat or fish. It can also be served as a main course for lunch or dinner.
Pelmeenid are dumplings that are usually filled with meat. Of course, don’t forget to top your dumplings with sour cream as it’s the perfect combination that makes the dish even yummier!
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Pork and sauerkraut have been around in every Estonian household for years. This dish is extremely simple but fills you up fast as it’s very hearty. Estonian people like to eat the dish, especially during the colder months on birthdays and national holidays.
Special kind of dessert that is typically eaten on Vastlapäev (a fun holiday to celebrate the winter). The buns are filled with jam and topped with whipped cream. In modern days there are many new variations of vastlakukkel, so you can definitely find the one you like the most!
Mannavaht is a mousse made out of lingonberries. It’s light and sweet but also slightly sour. You can eat it as it is or top it with milk!
Vana Tallinn is a very sweet and tasty liquor. Jamaican rum and a variety of herbs and spices are included in the preparation. The flavor of the liquor is so unique that Vana Tallinn ice cream and candy can be found in almost every store!
When visiting Estonia we recommend trying out their craft beer. You can find a great selection in the area called ‘’Telliskivi’’, and enjoy your beer in the unique art district!
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