You like kiełbasa, we like kiełbasa

Move over, spaghetti bolognese, pierogi is about to kick your ass. Well, maybe. Europe is falling more and more in love with Polish food, according to a quality Polish daily, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.

Last year Poland exported 13.3 bn euro worth of food. That’s a lot of kabanos. But Europe – and Germany in particular – wants more. In the first quarter of this year the number of food items with a “Made in Poland” sticker sold to other European countries rose by about 6.5% compared to the same period last year.

Polish food might be yummy, but it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. Not sure what it says about the changing eating habits of our European neighbours ;)

But Poland itself loves its meats too. Oh, very much so. Euromonitor International has just published a 900-page report called “Who Eats What”. Poles are in the top 20 most carnivorous nations in the world. An average of 74kg of meat is sold per head yearly in Poland, which makes Poland the 12th most meat-friendly (if that’s the right expression) country in the world.

Although we still have a long way to go before we catch up with Argentina, where, according to the same report, almost 116 kg of meat is sold per person every year. *burp*

And what’s your favourite Polish food?

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15 thoughts on “You like kiełbasa, we like kiełbasa

  1. Great post Michał! As for me, nothing beats our bread, sausages, pierogi, herring, bigos, schabowe… I could go on forever. Glad we have Polish shops in the UK, home does not seem to be so far away anymore :-)

  2. I am pretty sure that a significant amount of this exported food goes to Polish emigrants who can be found all over Europe and who visit Polish shops on daily/weekly basis. Although, I must admit, I have recently encountered quite a few people, in my local Polish shop, who did not speak Polish at all and they new exactly what they came for (kielbasa!).
    As to the favourites: Pork loin (Poledwica sopocka), dry sausage (kielbasa krakowska), meaty dumplings (pierogi), beef roulades (zrazy) and baked cheesecake (sernik). Mostly meat, I know but I AM Polish! :)

    1. @ Hania: That’s a very valid point. I also thought that – but then again I also noticed many non-Poles in large supermarkets buying Polish sausages and cold meats, so I guess as always the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

  3. Cheesecake! poppyseed cake! Rye bread with caraway seeds! and if you are of my generation of Polish descent born & raised in England, then the little childhood treats – krowki & katarzynki…

  4. My partner is Polish so obviously I have tried Polish food, I like Kielbasa, but just can’t get used to the idea of eating a white sausage, many supermarkets in UK stock Polish food but it is quite expensive, it is better to go to one of the International food shops, not only do these shops sell food, they have the Polish beers which are available in our off licences now, a lot of these shops stock newspapers and magazines, have a ‘notice board’ where people can put free adverts up and one in my town even rents out DVDs, we often eat ‘Polish style’, the main difference I have noticed is that your bread is very different to ours and the food in general is a bit spicier, Poles tend to consume more salt than the British too! One good thing though, my partner loves traditional British fish & Chips (Haddock not cod) and sunday roasts so I do still manage to eat the stuff I grew up on as well as Polish food.

  5. Might come as a surprise to some, but in the Farsi language of Iranians, Kielbasa has long been synonymous with sausage. I remember in Tehran there many shops that sold nothing else but Kielbasa (and Vodka if you asked for it!) I think it goes back to the early years of WW2 when 150,000 Poles were relocated to Iran. The city of Esfahan – which became a second home to most of the exiled Poles became known as “The City of Polish Children”. Sadly, most were orphans from the war but they were made very welcome and schools and facilities were built to accommodate them. Anyway, I think most Polish people are more familiar with the history than I am. Indeed, I heard that the Polish government issued a special postage stamp to commemorate the orphaned Polish Children of Esfahan a few years ago.

    Truth be told, I’ve never bought authentic Kielbasa from a Polish shop but I’d be interested to find out if it is the same as what were used to Iran. Another Polish food that migrated to Iran was Piroshki , although I think Persians modified it a bit by adding minced meat inside. Perhaps the Poles do that too? I don’t know.

    Anyway, a big up to Poland and Polish people who we love and respect and very much.

  6. USA also makes polish style meats by the businesses who are ran by polish immigrants.

    I live close to Chicago – the biggest polish community in USA and I absolutely love shopping polish groceries or going out to polish restaurants.

  7. There is a restaurnt in Tucson, Arizona that does serve Eastern European food. I had Polski Kilbasa and Bigos(Polish Stew). I do very much like Kilbasa.

  8. hello, i have been reading some of these comments, all good… i am in the USA.. been here many years, after leaving UK…. i am 100% polish, and thank goodness for some polish delis and russian in our area, and sites i can order from….. i do still make bigus, polish soups, and a few receipes where kielbasa is used.. and yes kielbasa from so many places are different, and some with the garlic you can smell for days. my parents used to make so much polish food, and many years ago in the UK we had people deliver food to our house…
    had dances, parties, so few now when i go back to UK its expensive food, but still have to buy it.. the rest of my family sadly to say dont do celelbrate the way it used to be, even one brother says he is not polish he is english just because he was born there, (idot)…so who loves vodka, yessss i do……i see the last letter here was september 2011… so i will see if anyone responds to this note of mine..

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