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Monday, 15 December 2014

Pierogarnia - Slow Or Fast Food?

Dear friends,

Here are the facts of the day: pierogi are boiled, baked or fried dumplings of unleavened dough traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. The word pierogies is popular in the U.S. and Canada because it underlines a ‘plurality’ of this well-known Polish food. However, this usage is not so appropriate since in fact the word ‘pierogi’ is already plural in Polish language.

Traditionally considered peasant food, they eventually gained popularity and spread throughout all social classes including nobles. Although Pierogi are still an important part of Polish culture and cuisine today, they are very popular in other European countries such as Slovakia, Romania, and Ukraine. 
Pierogi are served in a variety of forms and tastes (ranging from sweet to salty to spicy) in Polish cuisine, considered to be the Polish national dish. They are served at many festivals, playing an important role as a cultural dish. At the 2007 Pierogi Festival in Kraków, 30,000 pierogi were consumed daily.
When you visit Poland remember that in many Polish towns you can come across some Polish restaurants called "pierogarnia". These are places designed to offer pierogi in dozens of tastes. This is a great thing for every tourist going to Poland. Most of the pierogarnia also sell other popular Polish food. To be noted that the prices are quite low when you compare to other countries in Europe. For example, in the picture above you can see also the prices for each style of pierogi that you may wish to order.
The Pierogarnia from these pictures is located on the street called Slawkowska 32, right between ROSSMAN and the Restaurant Miod i Wino (as you can see in the below picture, taken from Google Maps) - it is usually open 24 hours so it is perfect for having a quick bite before/after/during a party in town :) You can find the same type of Pierogarnia in Krakow and in Warsaw as well - Pierogarnia Zapiecek.
Here you can find their Krakow menu. As I said, the prices are convenient and you can pay either by cash or by card - no limit instated. They specialise in pierogi, both boiled and fried, but they have soups and main dishes and sweets as well. I always have some fried meat pierogi with some home-made kompot (juice made out of boiled fruits, sweetened). The usual portions are of 10 pieces of pierogi, but the nice part about this place is that you can have half portions - in case you are just a bit hungry. And also you can mix, half of the portion can be pierogi with meat and half could be pierogi with fruits! :) The portion of 10 pierogi right now (12/15/2014) is maximum 12 zloty (around 3 euro) and the soups are around 1 euro per portion!
Cute small fact: The Guinness record in making pierogi belongs to ten students from a Catering School in Wroclaw, Poland. In 100 minutes they managed to make as many as 1663 dumplings! That was over 90 pounds. Their great result was officially written down in The Guinness Book of Records. After cooking and packing, the pierogi were sent to Wroclaw children's homes.
Question: Would you consider pierogi fast food or slow food? I mean, it basically gets prepared in time, it gets frozen and then you can save it for weeks. When you need it, you just pull it out of the fridge and boil it or fry it... Slow or fast food? Hmmm... What say you?

P.S. All pictures were taken with the Samsung Galaxy S4 camera, a present from my awesome hubby :)  and they were taken late November. Some of them were modified with the freeware Fotor Photo Editor (lately they changed it and it has a lot of glitches... so... I don't recommend it with fully all my heart; but I do hope it will be eventually stable as I liked it very much!)

** This post was made out of love for Polish great pierogi. I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 

Yours truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Loves Pierogi (the ones deep fried, with meat ;) )