The cuisine of the Former Soviet Union (FSU) , was formed by the integration of the various national cuisines of the republics as well as other ethnic communities and groups.

In Russia and the nations of the Former USSR, full and hearty meals are considered important not only to maintaining good health but to have fun and enjoy meals as well.

We will try to represent some of the most popular dishes, to name a few:

A vegetable soup made out of beets, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, dill. There are about 30 varieties of Ukrainian/Russian borsch.

It may include meat or fish as well. Zelenyj borshch (green borscht): water or broth based soup with sorrel and various vegetables, served with chopped hard boiled egg and sour cream.


Red Caviar Sandwiches 

Butter spread on a slice of bread and topped with caviar. Optional- Sprinkle with juice of fresh lemon.




Aspic made with fish (zalyvna ryba) or meat (kholodets).


Salo: cured fatback.


Olivier salad

Made out of cooked and chopped potatoes, dill pickles, boiled chopped eggs, cooked and chopped chicken or ham, chopped onions, canned peas, mixed with mayonnaise.




Salad with cooked and shredded beets, sauerkraut, cooked and chopped potatoes, onions, and carrots, sometimes pickles mixed with some sunflower oil and salt.



Pelmeni or Pierogy

Stuffed with meat, served with fried onions and sour cream.




Dessert versions of pierogi can be stuffed with sweetened quark or with a fresh fruit filling, such as cherry, strawberry, saskatoon berry, raspberry, blueberry, peach, plum, or apple. For more flavor, sour cream can be added to the dough mixture, and this tends to lighten the dough.




Baked buns stuffed with different fillings, such as ground meat, liver, eggs, rice, onions, fried cabbage or sauerkraut, quark, cherries etc.



Сabbage leaves (fresh or sour) rolled with rice filling and may contain meat (minced beef or bacon), baked in oil and caramelized onions and may contain as a baking sauce tomato soup, cream or sour cream, bacon drippings or roasted with bacon strips on top.

Blyntsi or nalisnyky


Thin pancakes filled usually with quark, meat, cabbage, fruits and berries, served with sour cream.



A non-alcoholic sweet beverage, that may be served hot or cold, depending on tradition and season. It is obtained by cooking fruit such as strawberries, apricots, peaches, apples, rhubarb, gooseberries, or sour cherries in a large volume of water, often together with sugar or raisins as additional sweeteners, sometimes different spices such as vanilla or cinnamon are added for additional flavor, especially in winter when kompot is usually served hot.

For details on the ethnic cuisine of the particular country please check the following links:

  1. Russian cuisine;
  2. Ukrainian cuisine;
  3. Belarusian cuisine;
  4. Kazakh cuisine
  5. Lithuanian cuisine;
  6. Estonian_cuisine
  7. Armenian cuisine;
  8. Georgian cuisine
  9. Latvian cuisine;
  10. Uzbek cuisine
  11. Tajik cuisine;
  12. Azerbaijani cuisine
  13. Kyrgyz cuisine;
  14. Turkmen cuisine
  15. Moldovan cuisine;

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