Moldovan Food: Plăcintă, Pârjoale and Soups

I’ve been enjoying learning about all the different traditional dishes that are cooked in Moldova. My host mom made more Plăcintă, this time in a roll. She also served a meal made with other typical dishes including:

  • Pârjoale- ground meat fried in patties.
  • Salată castraveti- a salad made with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and parsley.
  • Brânză- home made cheese made with sheep’s milk.
  • Pâine- Bread!  Bread is very important to the Moldovan culture and is used in many cultural events.

Moldovans are VERY hospitable and our host moms tend to set out more food than anyone at the table can eat.  The photo of the bread, cheese, salad and parjoale was what my host mom set out for just me to eat at lunch one day.

Soups

Moldovans eat soup regularly and all year long. Usually a large pot is made and is served for lunch and dinner. It is served with sour cream (smântână), bread and sometimes raw onions or hot peppers.

My host mom makes her own dried noodles to add to the Zeamă and many families raise their own chickens and use these in the soups.

The types of soups in Moldova vary and it appears that there are three main types that include:

  • Borș – Sour soups, does not have to be made with beets. Examples below are bors cu sfecla (beets) and Bors cu varza (cabbage).
    • This is not to be confused with Borscht, the sour beet soup that is of Ukrainian origin.
  • Zeamă- Sour soup made with meat, usually a whole chicken cut into parts
  • Supă-  Soup that is not sour.

“The word borș is derived from Ukrainian and Russian borshch or borscht, but it has a different meaning: the traditional Ukrainian borshch is a beetroot soup, which Romanians generally call borș de sfeclă roşie (red beetroot borscht) or borș rusesc (Russian borscht),[1] while in Romanian cuisine the word “borș” is used for an entire category of sour, hearty soups, prepared usually with the synonymous ingredient “borș”. In fact, Romanian gastronomy uses with hardly any discrimination the Turkish word ciorbă, borș or, sometimes, zeamă (“soup”) or acritură (based on the word for “sour”).[2] In Moldavia region (nowadays, Western Moldavia, Moldova, and Bukovina), where Romanians lived in closest contact with Ukrainians and Russians, the word borș means simply any sour soup.[3]” Wikipedia

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