The traditional food and restaurants are an important part of the itinerary of every passionate traveler. Bulgaria is not an exception. Bulgarian traditions in cooking are very diverse because of the geographical factors like climatе conditions that are suitable for many vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. Except the great variety of local Bulgarian dishes, Bulgarian cuisine shares a great variety of dishes with Persian, Turkish, and Greek cuisine. Bulgarian dishes are full of flavor, very delicious and like nothing you have ever tasted. Bulgaria is also the native country of the yogurt – here we call it “kiselo mliako”.
We will not pass through the whole variety of dishes, but just to have some idea of you will get, here are some honorable mentions:
- Banitsa— breakfast pastry of eggs, white cheese, and yogurt between phyllolayersGyuvech- spicy vegetable stew, cooked in a clay pot
- Tarator – cold soup of cucumbers, garlic, yogurt and dill
- Shkembe chorba- spicy soup made of tripe with garlic, vinegar and chili, reputed in Bulgaria to be a “hangover cure”
- Bob Chorba— hot bean soup
- Shopska salad – a common salad of chopped cucumbers, onions, peppers, and tomatoes with white cheese
In every traditional restaurant you will get delicious Bulgarian traditional food, but in Sofia there are few restaurants offering excellent cuisine, good atmosphere and entertainment program with traditional Bulgarian folklore dances. But one thing that is unique and is specific for Bulgaria – this is the dance over burning coals, also known as “Nestinari dance”. The dance is ancient pagan ritual in which performers are dancing barefoot over burning coals. It is common for the Strandja region in Bulgaria and is also known in some parts of Northern Greece. It is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
To complete the experience you can take a picture with a traditional costume, representing the rich folkloric culture of our nation and learn a traditional Bulgarian dance called “horo”.