Sibiu Foodie Tour
Sibiu - richness and legendary tastes
2019 will transform Sibiu – Hermanstadt into a European Gastronomic Region. Fortunately you can savor local flavors any time you fancy giving your taste buds an exquisite experience.
The gastronomical fiesta never stops and the way to stay informed is trough ”Sibiu City App”!
1. Eggplant Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs Oil
Local grown ingredients, meat brought from the Sibiu area households and fresh vegetables purchased daily from the local Cibin Marketplace make for a matchless taste, however simple may it be.
Among other seasonal dishes, try the Eggplant Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs Oil, a traditional appetizer.
2. Smoked beetroot vegetarian tartar
A bold, yet healthy mix of flavours that will definitely delight your tastebuds. In Transylvania, beetroot is usually served baked, pickled or accompanied by horseradish.
However, for this new dish, the beetroot is smoked and accompanied by toasted seeds, salt cured egg yolk and sour cream for a fresh and summery culinary experience.
1. Transylvanian traditional bread with unique flavors
Right next to the Bridge of Lies you will find a rather simple and common tavern, but any student in Sibiu will tell you the place is everything but ordinary. Cheap beer, good music and some traditional „finger-food dishes” like the tasteful Transylvanian bread seasoned with lard and red onions, pork scraps paste, kidney beans pasta and sauerkraut and last but not least the local „zacusca” (a Romanian spread made of vegetables like eggplants or mushrooms and roasted bell peppers).
And all go great with a glass of wine, a mug of beer or a cup of apple juice. And let`s not forget this is the favorite place of nomad journeymen and you can meet them all summer long. Their customized bandanas with logos and guild symbols decorate the tavern’s walls.
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4. Smoked meat plate
Nothing compares to a plate of smoked meat, right in the heart of Sibiu, in one of the most beautiful, intimate, authentic and cozy places in town. You can try here some good wines and a selection of sausages, bacon, rind, "jumeri" (pork scraps) – all bio products, provided by local farmers.
5. Traditional chicken soup with noodles
Do you remember that soup with a strong chicken flavor with carrots and homemade noodles, on top of which there are golden circles sprinkled with some fresh parsley? We recommend it for the first dish, then you can choose a smoked pork bone with beans, “tapsa” (traditional dish with polenta, sausages, onion and cheese), pancakes or other traditional Romanian dishes.
You can find all these if you choose to walk through the city and settle at a place in which the menu, the restaurant and the waiters’ clothes are all traditional.
6. Tripe soup
Whether you come with friends or business partners, to sit and enjoy lunch or just passing by in a hurry, Sibiu is the place you will find the best tripe soup you've eaten so far. Portions are quite generous, rich in tripe and seasoned with homemade sour cream, garlic, chili pepper and vinegar.
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7. Romanian bean sour soup in bread
Kidney beans are used as part of many recipes in Transylvania. Combined with vegetables and a smoked pork bone, it becomes a very delicious soup that will make you devour your plate…and you can literally do it! In some restaurants, beans soup is served in a "pita", a round bread with a lid made from the same bread, the core is extracted so you can pour the sour soup inside.
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8. Cream of baked peppers and tomatoes soup with cheese croutons
Peppers are one of those veggies that when baked, they reveal their sweet, perfumed aroma and this soup manages to take that aroma and enhance even further. Balanced by the tangy tomato flavor and cheese croutons, this soup will definitely take you on a culinary journey of simple yet authentic flavours that you’ll want to keep tasting.
9. The Kulinarium Pan
This Kulinarium Pan brings together a selection of some of the finest traditional foods in a delightful display: potatoes with bacon and onions, pork medallion, bacon-wrapped chicken rolls, sausages and mushroom sauce. Try this dish on one of the most beautiful terraces located in Piata Mica while enjoying a glass of red wine and a lively atmosphere.
10. Trout in corn flakes
The Trout is a typical freshwater fish most commonly found in the cold mountain rivers flowing from the nearby Fagaras Mountain Range. You can either fish one yourself at the Albota trout stream in Arpasu de Sus or at the Sadu River, or you can enjoy a fresh one in the city, simply and very tastefully cooked.
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11. Duck confit with cauliflower in bitter cherries sauce
When local flavours and fine ingredients come together, get ready for a unique culinary experience! This duck thigh confit accompanied by a flavourful cauliflower side dish and enrobed in a red wine and bitter cherries sauce will for sure delight your taste buds!
12. Pastrami-wrapped pork with smashed potatoes and horseradish and cognac sauce
If you're looking for dishes that merge the local taste with modern cooking techniques and unexpected combinations, then the reinterpreted Sibian pork club steak is an inspired choice.
Homemade pastrami-wrapped pork served on a bed of smashed potatoes in a horseradish and cognac sauce.
13. Beef ribs with barbeque sauce
This deli is made out of cold and marinated Angus, matured for at least 21 days. The meat is marinated in spices and cooked in the oven. The result is so good, that you could literally lick your fingers. More than that, the main ingredients come from cattle that eat the grass from the Transylvanian Highlands near Marpod, Sibiu county.
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14. Lamb burger
There is a place in town where you can find a great lamb burger, perfectly cooked. They are among the few in the city who buy ingredients directly from local producers. The ambiance is warm and friendly and if you're lucky, you may find yourself in the middle of a wine tasting or a culinary event.
15. Romanian Cabbage Rolls with Minced Meat and Polenta
You will find these little rolls of minced meat wrapped in cabbage leaves on the holiday table of every family in Romania. The recipes are inherited from ancestors and each housewife has her secret ingredient that makes the dish unique. Whether they are cooked in special clay pots, packed in sour or sweet cabbage, seasoned with thyme or bay, tomatoes or chili pepper, cabbage rolls are best when they are boiled together in large quantities. Serve it with sour cream and homemade bread!
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16. Cottage cheese mousse
At a first glance, you would say that a cottage cheese mousse would make a great desert however, flavoured with lovage and paired with sous-vide summer fruits, sour cherries sauce, walnut crumble, meringue and beetroot sprinkles, this mousse turns into a unique culinary experience that you simply can’t miss!
17. Romanian cheese dumplings
Whoever likes to try the local recipes, it's good to know that Romanians turned the ordinary dumplings into one of the most delicious desserts, that surely will make you say "Yummy!". The Romanian dumplings are made of fresh cow cheese, wrapped in breadcrumbs and then covered with sweet cream sauce and berries jam.
The origin of the name comes from the "Bad Ischl" mountain resort in Austria, where the ischler was invented in the 19th century by Johann Zauner. As Sibiu made it a habit to always keep up with everything new, the relish recipes quickly became available to pastry chefs’ kitchens. These mini desserts combine crispy biscuits stuffed with cocoa cream, sprinkled with peanuts and wrapped in a fine chocolate glaze. It is a joy for your taste buds and ensure a happy and positive mood.
19. Apple strudel
Apples are the emblematic fruits of Sibiu County. We can find specific varieties in Mălâncrav, between Slimnic and Șura Mare or Sibiel and Dobârca. Along the hiking trails from around the region, anyone can taste an apple straight from the apple trees. The apple pie is very popular throughout the county, and one of the most loved one is the apple strudel. Enjoy it warm, topped with plain powder sugar on the most beautiful street in Sibiu!
20. Water from the dragon's mouth
The first thing you must try in Sibiu is the tap water, right from the water fountains. Besides the fact it's considered among the cleanest tap water in the country, due to the purification system, it comes from a glacial lake named Iezerul Mare from the Cindrel Mountains. It's believed to be the lake shelter of Sfântu Gheorghe's dragon.
Words and expressions used during meal in Romania
Enjoy your meal! - Poftă bună! / Să-ți tihnească!
I'm hungry! - Mi-e foame!
I'm craving! - Mi-e poftă!
I'm thirsty! - Mi-e sete!
Please! - Te rog frumos!
Sweet - Dulce
Salty - Sărat
Sour - Amar
Tasty - Gustos
Delicious - Delicios
Cheers! - Sănătate / Noroc
I hope you enjoyed your meal! - Să-ți fie de bine!
Thank you! - Mulțumesc
Plate - Farfurie
Teaspoon - Linguriță
Spoon - Lingură
Fork - Furculiță
Knife - Cuțit
Glass - Pahar
Napkin - Șervețel