Winnipeg, Manitoba – A new restaurant has opened in the Polo Park Mall. Aptly named Taste of Ukraine, this is based on Ukrainian cuisine and features the country’s iconic blue and yellow colors as its main theme. Its opening times and specific location can be found here.
Here, they serve Ukrainian classics such as kobassa, a savory sausage made with pork or beef and seasoned with garlic, salt, and other spices, often grilled or baked and served with mustard or ketchup. Another must-try dish is pierogies, delicious dumplings filled with mashed potatoes, cheese, or sauerkraut, boiled and then pan-fried for a crispy finish.
Finally, Holubtsi, stuffed cabbage rolls filled with a mixture of ground beef, rice, and spices, slow-cooked in a rich tomato sauce, offer a flavorful and tender bite. These dishes are just a glimpse into the diverse and flavorful world of Ukrainian cuisine, which includes other delectable delights like borscht and varenyky.
Ukraine’s food history in Winnipeg
According to the latest census data, there are approximately over 100,000 Ukrainians living in Winnipeg, making up around 14% of the city’s population. This makes Winnipeg home to one of the largest Ukrainian communities in Canada, with a rich cultural heritage and history that dates back over a century. Since the recent Ukraine conflict, this number has risen by a few thousand as refugees have moved to the city due to its thriving Ukrainian community.