What to eat in Kazan, Russia
One of the most remarkable points of visiting Kazan was definitely the Tartar cuisine. I simply loved the particular Tartar food I tried during my stay, that’s why I want to go back! Below, I list what you have to try if you travel to Tatarstan.
Kazylyk in Tartar or Konina/Конина in Russian, is a Tartar dish consisting of smoked horse meat and horse meat. I simply loved horse-meat, great like any good steak!
Solyanka Kazan Style
Solyanka, in cyrillic солянка, is a traditional Russian soup made of spices, beef, ham, sausages, cucumbers, pickles, onion and other vegetables I don’t know to mention. It may also be made of mushrooms, meat and fish.
The Solyanka Kazan Style distinguishes itself for its special ingredients besides of beef: horse-meat kazylyk and smoked horse-meat.
Etchpetchmac (in Tartar, Öçpoçmaq) is a Tartar baked snack made with potatoes, beef and sweet onions with a triangular format. It is traditionally served with tea and Broth, explained on the next section.
Traditionally served with the etchpetchmac, Broth is a soup consisting of meat, bones, cereal grains and vegetables cooked below the boiling point of water.
Eat at Bilyar Restaurant
A traditional Tartar restaurant where you can try the typical Tartar cuisine. It’s the place where I had the Kazylyk and Solyanka Kazan Style. In Kazan, there are 4 branches of Bilyar. I reccommed to visit the one at Butlerova Street 31 (Бутлерова, 31), next to Baumana Street, the main street in the city.
Chak-ckak, in Russian Чак-чак and in Tartar Çäkçäk, is a sweet very popular along Tatarstan. It is made from unleavened dough cut and rolled in balls, then fried in oil. The fried balls are molded and drenched with honey.
It’s a supermarket chain spread along Tatarstan where you can buy all the traditional Tartar products such as sweets, dishes and drinks.
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