Posted: March 8, 2010
Just want to share with you my latest food discovery.
Last week we were fortunate to host the celebration for Bulgaria's National Day here in The Sukhothai Bangkok. During that occasion, The Bulgarian Ambassador’s wife, Madame Maya Velichkova, and her mother came to introduce their native land's cooking to me and my team members, and it was an eye opening experience for me culinary-wise.
The food was delicious, with superb flavour, and tasty. Greek and Turkish influences are apparent in Bulgarian cuisine. It is not too heavy or fatty and there are no "weird" or exotic ingredients to worry about. All cooked dishes are generously seasoned with a mixed of dried herbs, of which “chubritsa” is exclusively Bulgarian, and as a result it offered a final unique flavour.
The Bulgarian yoghurt has a great taste, and its texture is creamy and smooth with a natural tang. I love their tasty flat sausage called "Lukanka" and dipping sauces, "Lyutenitsa" (pepper relish) and Kyopolu (eggplant, pepper and tomato chutney). The Rhodopean Musaka is to die for.
So the Bulgarian cuisine is definitely underrated and if you have never eaten Bulgarian food, I urge you to try it.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest heartfelt thanks to Madame Maya Velichkova and her mother for giving me and my team member an opportunity to learn something new. She cooked and explained to us and it was the best education I could have asked for.
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