Traditional Tallinn Food
Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Tallinn is complete without tasting the local food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Tallinn to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.
- Blood sausage: a type of sausage made by cooking blood or dried blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled.
- Fish in tomato marinade: popular appetizer with whitefish, herring and tomatoes.
- Ham and cheese rolls: pastry with a filling of ham and cheese.
- Jellied veal: cold cut dish made from veal, sometimes pork, stock, onion and spices.
- Pirukad: pastries filled with meat, cabbage, carrots, rice and other fillings.
- Estonian banana curry soup: soup made with chicken (or vegetable) stock, bananas and curry powder.
- Estonian cabbage cream soup: vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, zucchini cooked in heavy cream.
- Estonian chilled cucumber soup: soup made with chicken stock, onions, cucumbers.
- Estonian fish soup: made with snapper and any other white fish,onions, mushrooms,fish bouillon, dill.
- Dark beer soup with pork: soup made with pork, mixed beans, onions, pork broth and beer.
- Cucumber with sour cream salad: cucumbers, onions, sour cream, spices.
- Estonian herring and potato salad: herring salad made with potatoes, onions, beets and pickles.
- Rosolje: Estonian signature dish based on beetroot, meat and herring.
- Brawn (Sült): boiled pork in jelly.
- Estonian-style Minced Meat Rissole: mashed or boiled potatoes and pickled cucumbers, rice and various fresh salads.
- Goose stuffed with apples: goose well rubbed with salt and black pepper is stuffed with mass of chopped apples and soft pitted prunes.
- Hakklihakotlet: Estonian ground meat patties.
- Mulgikapsad: Estonian sauerkraut side dish.
- Stuffed cabbage: cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around a variety of fillings.
- Taidetud Vasikarind: roast stuffed shoulder of veal.
- Baked apples: apples baked with a bit of sugar.
- Curd snack: sweet snack made from milled and pressed curd with raisins, jam or other filling.
- Flummery: sweet soft pudding, made from stewed fruit and thickened with cornstarch.
- Honey scones: sweet cakes made with sugar, milk (or heavy cream) and honey.
- Kama: mixture of roasted barley, rye, oat and pea flour, cooked with milk and sweetened with sugar, more rarely with fruits or honey.
- Kamakäkid: sweet tidbits made with mascarpone.
- Köömnekeeks: Estonian caraway seed cake.
- Rhubarb pie: pie with diced rhubarb, almost always contains a large amount of sugar.
- Ruiskatut: Estonian rye cookies.
- Sõrnikud: fried quark cheese pancake.
- Vanaema’s kook (Grandmother's cake): simple cake made with eggs, flour, sugar, sour cream and apples or rhubarb.
- Caramelized almonds: almonds, maple syrup, butter, cocoa (or cinnamon) powder, chocolate.
- Marzipan candies: sugar and almond meal; it can be flavored with rosewater, covered with granulated sugar or dipped in chocolate.
- Birch Juice: sap extracted from a birch tree.
- Kissel: fruit soup, popular as a dessert in Eastern and Northern Europe.
- Kvass: fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread.
- Milkshake: cold beverage which is made from milk, ice cream or iced milk, and flavorings or sweeteners such as fruit syrup or chocolate sauce.
- Saku beer: popular Estonian beer.
- Vana Tallinn: sweet liqueur with a hint of rum, flavoured by various natural spices.
- Viru: 5.0% ABV pilsner-style beer.
- Viru Valge: vodka produced in Estonia.
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