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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Odessa is complete without tasting the traditional Odessa food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Odessa to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Kartoplyanyky: mashed potatoes, flour, egg. Filling: meat, greaves, mushrooms, herring, prunes, boiled egg, green onions, dill, or parsley.
  • Kotlety: minced meat, onions, garlic, herbs, salt, spices.
  • Pampushki: flour, yeast, oil, egg, water or milk, salt, garlic sauce.
  • Salo: cured slabs of fatback or pork belly, with or without skin.


  • Borsch: cabbage, beet, tomatoes, lard, garlic and parsley.
  • Green Borsch: meat, sorrel or nettles, parsley, onion, carrot, potatoes, eggs, sour cream, bay leaf, salt, black pepper.
  • Hybivka: mushrooms, carrot, onions, potatoes, water, cream, salt and pepper.
  • Kapusniak: pork, salo (pork fat), sauerkraut, sour cream, chicken broth, cabbage,potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes, dill (chopped up), spices.
  • Okroshka: raw vegetables (like cucumbers and spring onions), boiled potatoes, eggs, meat such as beef, veal, sausages, or ham, kvass, sour cream.
  • Rassolnik: carrot, celery, parsley root, onion, potato, veal kidney, butter, flour, dill pickles, sour cream, salt and pepper, dill.
  • Shchi: cabbage or sauerkraut, vegetables.
  • Solyanka: pickled cucumbers, brine, cabbage, salty mushrooms, sour cream, and dill.
  • Ukha: fish, root vegetables, parsley root, leek, potato, bay leaf, lime, dill, green parsley and spiced with black pepper, cinnamon and cloves.


  • Cabbage Salad: cabbage, apple, chopped green onion, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil.
  • Ukrainian Corn Salad: canned sweet corn, crab sticks or crab meat, boiled eggs, mayonnaise, and salt.
  • Vinigret: beets, potatoes, carrots, pickled cucumbers, onions, and green beans.

Main courses

  • Aspic: gelatin, meat pieces, fruits, or vegetables.
  • Buckwheat Porridge: buckwheat grains, water, salt.
  • Flounder: flounder, flour, oil, salt and pepper.
  • Holubtsi: cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings.
  • Kruchenyky: stuffed pork rolls.
  • Oatmeal Porridge: oats, water, salt.
  • Studenetz: pigs’ feet, beef shank, carrot, onion, garlic, pepper, celery, salt.
  • Stuffed Peppers: bell peppers (or a similar species) stuffed with pork, rice, onion, carrot and spices.
  • Varenyky: unleavened dough, stuffed with sauerkraut, cheese, mashed potatoes, cabbage, meat, hard-boiled eggs, or with a fruit filling.


  • Apple Cake (Yabluchnyk): apples, flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, cream, egg.
  • Babka: sweet yeast cake.
  • Honey Cake (Medivnyk): honey, eggs, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Kiev Cake: meringue, buttercream, hazelnuts.
  • Povidlyanka: jam, eggs, sugar, semolina, butter, nuts, and rum.
  • Prianik: sweet food product, made from special dough.
  • Zhele: fruits, gelatin, sugar, water.

Fast food

  • Deruny: grated onion, potatoes, flour, eggs, salt, and black pepper.
  • Fish Tolcheniki: fish fillet, flour, salt, oil and pepper.

Street food

  • Cheburek: deep fried unleavened dough, filled with ground lamb, onions and hot spices.
  • Croissant: flour, butter, egg, sugar, salt, dry yeast, milk, water.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Compote (kompot): fresh fruits, water, sugar.
  • Kissel: sweetened juice, water, arrowroot, cornstarch or potato starch, fruits.
  • Kvass: a fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread.
  • Ryazhenka: baked milk.
  • Uzvar: dried fruits, water, sugar.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Horilka: strong alcoholic beverage.
  • Medovukha: honey-based alcoholic beverage.
  • Nalyvka: alcoholic beverage made by maceration of various ingredients in alcohol, including fruits, herbs, spice, sugar or molasses.

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