Traditional Russian food is rich and stodgy peasant-fare from the village with a dash of French inspired creamy sauces. If you are wondering what that green grass stuff is, it’s dill (ukrop-укроп) and it usually finds its way into everything. Snacks (zakuski -закуски) are very popular and include all manner of pickled things (solyony-соленый ) and small open sandwiches (buterbrod-бутерброд).
Russians are big on soups and there are literally hundreds of different kinds of soups that you can find on a Russian menu. Russians often like to eat there soup with a spoon of sour cream in it.
Borsch – the quintessential Russian soup made from beetroots and beef. Can also be served cold.
Ukha (уха) – fish soup often made with salmon or trout.
Shchi (щи) – cabbage soup usually containing many other vegetables and meat too.
Solyanka (солянка) – a heavy meaty soup with various chopped up sausages (kolbasa -колбаса) in it topped off with a slice of lemon and an olive.
Okroshka (окрошка) – a favourite summer soup made with boiled root vegetables, eggs, spam ham on a base of kvass (квас) (fermented bread drink) or kefir (кефир - soured milk). Undoubtedly an acquired taste.
Rassolnik (рассольник) – based on rassol (рассол) (the sour brine taken from pickling vegetables) with barley grains, various vegetables and often pork or kidneys.
Lagman (лагман) – a Central Asian dish with thick noodles (lapsha -лапша), meat, herbs and spices generally served in a broth.
Kuriny bulyon (куриный бульон) – clear chicken broth sometimes served with a boiled egg or piece of boiled chicken floating in it.