The most important tip I can give you on Serbia local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Serbia, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in
Serbian food is a typical Balkan mix of Asian and Middle Europe dishes. Serbs are very proud of their food, which is heavy on grilled meats and sausages, local cheeses and bread. Serbia is predominantly a meat-loving nation. In all major cities, there are many international restaurants, such as Italian and Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Lebanese, and Israeli.
In Belgrade you can even find sushi or kosher food. There are international fast-food franchises such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Pizza Hut. On the whole, prices are cheap compared to Western Europe with main dishes ranging from 520 per person. Typical Serbian foods Most Serbian restaurants offer rotilj, a large plate of various unseasoned grilled meats, or any possible variety of grilled chicken wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese.
It is possible to order fresh salads, plates of grilled vegetables, crepes, or omelettes if you are not carnivorous. Serbian cuisine is famous for its heavy use of varied vegetables, fresh or cooked. Bakeries called pekara are ubiquitous in the city center, and you will find a wide assortment of breads, sweet and savoury pastries, sandwiches, and pizza. Some are open 24 hours per day. A snack or light meal of pastry and drinkable yoghurt (similar to kefir but milder) will give you an added healthy boost when walking about the city center. Turkish delicacies such as baklava, tulumba, and other Greek/Turkish treats are also commonly found. Foods that vegetarians and meat eaters alike should try include kajmak (something between cream cheese and butter) and ajvar, a savory spread made out of roasted red peppers.
It is also worth visiting a pijaca (green market) to buy some fresh fruit, vegetables and other grocery items. Pljeskavica (pronounced approximately: PYES-ka-vitsa) is the Serbian version of a hamburger which can be purchased from fast food restaurants. The most famous dish in Serbia is evapii (pronounced: chay-VAH-pee, chay-VAP-chitchee). Also called evapi, they are a traditional food eaten throughout the Balkans. It consists of different types of minced meat (pork and beef) mixed together, shaped like small sausages, and then put on the grill. It is usually eaten with diced onion, and is very tasty.
Depending on size, a portion of evapii in a somun (pita bread), possibly with onion, ajvar or kajmak, is between 1.5 and 4. Do not forget to taste the Karaoreva nicla. It is meat that is filled with kajmak and bacon, and then also grilled. It is another traditional Serbian dish that honors the leader of the first Serbian uprising against the Ottomans. Try other traditional Serbian dishes, such as peenje (roast pork or lamb), veal soup, fish soup… Burek (pronounced BOO-rek), sometimes decribed as the Balkan equivalent of McDonalds due to its being sold everywhere, is considered a national dish. It is made with a range of fillings including meat, cheese, spinach, apple or cherry. Due to the high fat content it is not for dieters. it is often eaten in the morning and can be sold out by the evening. evapi -something like a Mixed grilled meat (one serving contains 5 or 10 pieces) Peenje -roast pork or lamb-roast Kiflice (KEE-flitsay) small crescent-shaped bread rolls. Paprika (PAP-rik-ahsh) – stew with paprika often with chicken Gula (GOO-lash)) – stew with paprika with beef Sarma (SAR-ma) cabbage rolls, similar to dolmades, but made with sauerkraut instead of vine leaves Gibanica (GHEE-ban-itsa) – phillo pastry made into a pie with spinach and cheese or just cheese (like spanakopita or tiropita in Greece) Punjene Paprike] – stuffed peppers (POON-yennay PAP-rik-ay) Pohovane Paprike (PO-ho-vah-nay PAP-rik-ay) – paprika rolled in soya oil and wheat flower and fried in sunflower oil, for vegetarians Pasulj /(PAS-ooy) – beans. A national specialty. Often cooked for a long time with onion and paprika. Riblja orba (RIB-yah CHOR-ba) Fish soup using freshwater fish. Rotilj (ROSH-teel) – barbecued meats. Prebranac (pre-BRAH-nats) – is for vegetarians. It’s cooked and roasted beans with various spices and vegetables.
Usually completely meat free. Telea orba -veal soup Proja (PRO-ya) – a type of corn bread with white cheese. A national specialty. Ajvar – ordinary red pepper, freshly ground and roasted and then made into a chutney. Kajmak -something between cream cheese and butter. Vegetarian foods Pure vegetarian restaurants are rare, but many places will provide you with non-meat food (just ask for ‘posno’-general term for non – meat foods). Numerous fast-food stands (burgers, barbecue, pizza, hot dog, pancakes…) and bakeries (oriental and european paistry, pitas…) are usually very good and will satisfy your needs at a reasonable price. Pizza, sandwiches, and pancakes (crepes) are also commonly found.
Salads are primarily tomato, cucumber, and onion, or cabbage. Local produce is fresh and organic. Serbian-style coffee Coffee culture in Belgrade is particularly developed, walking about the central areas of the city you will find sprawling terraces and cafés, serving all types of coffee and sweets, particularly Viennese type cakes and local specialties. Be sure to try Serbian Turkish style coffee, and chestnut purée with whipped cream, a local specialty especially at Republic Square (available mostly during winter). Tipping in restaurants Service charges are always included in restaurant bills, but rounding up the bill or adding a tip of up to 10% is appreciated.
What to Drink in Serbia
Rakija// (excellent brandy that has many flavours, like plum // (pronounced like SHLYEE-va), quince //(DOO-nyah), apricot// (KAI-see-yah),like Pear //,like plum-juniper//( something like Gin)… – You should know that some prestigious brands of rakija can be extremely expensive like uta Osa (ZHOO-tah O-sah), which means Yellow Wasp or Viljamovka (VEE-lyam-ovka) made of pear of the sort william , the most expensive and the most quality ones have a pear fruit in the bottle.
Loza (from grapes, a type of rakija) Voda = Water Slivovitza //(the national brandy of Serbia, and the most common type of Rakija, very popular, variably strong alcoholic beverage) The Wine was delicious and comes from more wine regions :Srem, Oplenac, upa, Smederevo, Negotin, Metohija, … Beer. Jelen (Deer) and Lav (Lion) are the two most popular varieties of Serb beer, although Nikiko from neighbouring Montenegro also seems very popular. Spring mineral water-There are plenty of excellent bottled spring mineral water,from natural resources, protected areas. ineral water – In Serbia there are plenty of well-known, the springs (spa) mineral water (slightly sour, with a natural carbon) Tap water is perfectly safe to drink, and mainly of a good quality, too.
If the water looks cloudy, it’s because of air bubbles in the water. It’s safe to drink, but you can also let it sit for a few seconds and watch the air bubbles clear up. There are also many springs and fountains with excellent-quality drinking water – the most popular ones being the fountain on Knez Mihailova in Belgrade, and the many fountains in the city of Nis. One must pay attention when it comes to water in Vojvodina. Some regions (like Kikinda and Zrenjanin) have heavily polluted water that is not even used for cooking, only as technical water.
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