Here is a list of local dishes and drinks you must try at least once, while in Bulgaria.
Shopska salad: made from tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, peppers, and feta cheese . A Shopska salad and a small cold rakia is a traditional and favorite way to start your meal in Bulgaria.
Mekitsa – is an alternative to a donut. It is fried dough, which we eat with powder sugar, jam, honey. Not a very healthy breakfast, but so delicious!
Banitsa – A traditional Bulgarian breakfast is this greasy pastry which can be found all over the country. For your sweet tooth, you can also try with apples and walnuts. You can also fill it with feta cheese, onions, cabbage, spinach, or mushrooms.
Kebapche – One of the most traditional every day meal for a busy Bulgarians. It’s a perfect side dish with a glass of cold Bulgarian beer on a summer day. It’s a long piece of grilled minced meat, comparable in shape and size, to a hot dog.
Moussaka – The Bulgarian version has potatoes, eggs and minced pork meat in it. It’s common to hear men say, they cannot marry a woman who is unable to cook the perfect musaka. It’s topped off with Bulgarian yogurt on top.
Yogurt – Bulgarian’s are very proud of their yogurt. You can find it everywhere, sold in huge quantities. It’s less thick than Greek yogurt and is not pre-sweetened. It’s found in most recipes and even used as a sauce on side dishes. It’s also healthy as one ingredient helps digest food. You can add a bit of honey or fruit to it as well.
Shkembe Chorba – is a traditional Bulgarian tripe soup. It’s used to cure hangovers and many times eaten when drinking too much alcohol like Rakia.
And of course need to mention a couple typical drinks consumed by Bulgarians
Rakia – A personal favorite and the most popular spirit among Bulgarians is Rakia, a fruit brandy that can be made out of practically any kind of fermented fruit. The most popular is grape rakia.
Boza – a thick beverage typically enjoyed for breakfast together with a piece of banitsa pastry. Made of a boiled combination of wheat and rye , with added sugar for the traditional sweet taste.It does have a alcohol content of about 0,5%.
Both Rakia and Boza are drinks that I don’t like, I think I’ll stay with coffee and Bulgarian beer, but everyone should at least try it.
One of my favorite beers is Zagorka, but also Kamenitza is good.
Bulgarians enjoy good foods and most products are organic, no dyes or additives. I enjoyed going through the grocery stores and looking at the different types of foods. Bulgaria was also a second largest producer of wine and of course had to get the “Weekend” one.