Ukraine: Odessa Food Recap

Odessa cuisine is quite unique for Ukraine with the culture being a smorgasbords of ethnicities and food traditions from Ukrainian, Russian, Jewish, Georgian, Bulgarian, and Europeans schools of cooking. Seafood and shellfish are by far the main ingredients – seasonal light-salted Dunai herring was to die for, forsmak (a traditional Jewish dish of mixed herring and onions and sour cream) was delicious, fried small carps were awesome, and Odessa rapan shellfish baked with cheese were mindboggling, while the Black Sea oysters were monstrously big and juicy. Local fish specialties of “bychki” and “tyulka” were a must have! Oh, and also the pike caviar! And all the drinks!