Delicious Georgia

Cheeeeeeese

Cheeeeeeese

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Georgia, May and June 2012

Georgia has a few different drinks and a lot of food to offer. Depending on the season there are often fruit or berries as dessert. Most dishes are served with a lot of fresh greens and some with walnut. We tried what we could get and for us these are the five best Georgian dishes:

1.) Our every day food: Tonis (თონის) bread.

The special Tonis bread is sold in the entire country. The sticky dough is put on the walls of the round oven called Tone (თონე). It sticks there while baking and when the bread is ready they take it out of the oven with a giant tooth stick. That is why each bread has a small hole in the middle. I do not know how they make it but the bread is always warm when I want one.

 

Yes he could eat one all by himself. Easily. It's just so good.

Yes he could eat one all by himself. Easily. It’s just so good.

Baking Tonis in the Tone. It is hot outside - but a lot hotter in the bakery.

Baking Tonis in the Tone. It is hot outside – but a lot hotter in the bakery.

Don't you want one?

Don’t you want one?

In the bakery

In the bakery

2. ) The complicated one: Khinkali (ხინკალი).

Khinkali is the tourist’s favorite food because it is tasty and comes with it’s own tradition. But also Georgians enjoy to eat them. Khinkali are dumplings usually filled with spiced meat, herbs and onion. They go along with a lot of black pepper. There are also Khinkali with cheese, potatoes or beans. When the Khinkali boil, the meat loses its juice. The difficulity of eating this is that you have to avoid spilling the juice.

Tip: If you are not in a too fancy place just grab the Khinkali with the hands and always bite from top so the juice can not drop down. Otherwise stick the fork into the hard noodle part.

Khinkali with black pepper

Khinkali with black pepper

Khinkali

Khinkali

3.) The street food: Khachapuri (ხაჭაპური)

Khachapuri are sold in every market and they are simple, cheap and delicious. They are a kind of pie filled usually with cheese. They can also be filled with meat, beans or potatoe. The most heavy one is the Adjara Khachapuri with cheese rand and half raw egg and butter on top.

Adjara Khachapouri topped with half raw egg and butter. It is so greasy it has to help great against hangover

Adjara Khachapouri topped with half raw egg and butter. It is so greasy it has to help great against hangover

Adjara Khachapouri from Tbilisi

Adjara Khachapouri from Tbilisi

A special Khachapuri called Lobiani (ლობიანი) which is filled with beans

A special Khachapuri called Lobiani (ლობიანი) which is filled with beans

4.) The homemade one: Shkhmeruli (შქმერული)

Chicken with walnuts and garlic. It took quite a while until we found this dish in a restaurant. Usually the garlic-chicken is a homemade speciality.

Tip: If you suffer from mosquito bites a big portion of garlic could help.

Look at all this garlic!

Look at all this garlic!

5.) The weird one: Kupat’i (კუპატი)

There are plenty of saussages sold. Some can be eaten raw, some cooked, some are main dish and some appetizer. With our Georgian friend Nikoloz we tried this one.  It is made with pig’s guts and stuffed with meat, vegetables, spices and many other things. It did really look a bit awkward but it tastes very good!

So on what does this remind you ... ?

So on what does this remind you … ?

Believe me - it tastes really good!

Believe me – it tastes really good!

 

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  2. BigFan says:

    Loved the overview. Great tiplist for all Georgian cuisine beginners. As this is only a small part what Georgian diverse culinary traditions can offer, i will be expecting the list to continue after your next visit. 🙂

    • Tasting Travels Team Tasting Travels Team says:

      Of course it will continue! We’d love to try more of the Georgian Cuisine! You can’t try out everything – so now we have another good reason to come back one day 🙂

  3. The Adjara Khachapouri is easily the best of these foods. You can feel the grease arriving on your hips and stomach as you eat it. Energy for a life time!

  4. Flo says:

    Da ist ja ne Kackwurst!! 😀

    • Tasting Travels Team Tasting Travels Team says:

      Alle denken das gleiche, einer sprichts aus 🙂 Ja, das hab ich auch im ersten Moment gedacht – in Blut gebadet yammi. Aber die Kackwurst schmeckt überraschend gut 🙂 Annika

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  6. Adrian says:

    Nice to see the Georgian food on the web page. I’ve heard of Georgian cuisine on television called ‘Pride And Prejudice: Having A Ball’, and I thought Georgian cuisine was partridge pie, lobsters in aspic, or even chicken with the head and neck on.

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