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Struggling to find the right dish for your favourite Moldovan wine?

3 Moldovan dishes you HAVE TO try right now!

If you’ve already bought a bottle of our incredible Moldovan wine, you know how good it is on its own. But maybe you’re after a little extra something to go along with it?

We’re huge fans of Moldovan wine here at The Vino Market and we’re incredibly proud of the fantastic range of wines we have for you to choose from, all from this amazing country (If you haven’t seen them already, take a cheeky glance here). Customers who have bought our wine have been amazed by its flavor but were desperate to know what kind of traditional Moldovan food they can pair with it, especially something they could recreate at home. So, we thought we’d show you some of the most delicious, sumptuous and most revered Moldovan foods that’ll melt in your mouth.

1. Mamaliga

Probably the most well-known Moldovan dish and essentially Moldova’s version of Polenta. Historically, it was only eaten by the poor, but it is so delicious, that now even high-end restaurants offer it.

What can I pair it with?

It’s not served on its own. Instead it should be enjoyed with cheese (especially the traditional Moldovan variety, Brinza; a salty, homemade cheese) and a luscious bottle of our Purcari Pinot Noir. Or you could serve it with some lovely fresh fish and sour cream with a light Chateau Feteasca Regala on the side. That’s a perfect Moldovan dish right there. Still not sure? - Browse more Moldovan wines to find the perfect pairing.

How do I make it?

It’s made with just 3 ingredients; cornmeal, water and salt. Depending on your taste, it can be made thicker (to the point it can be sliced like bread) or softer and wetter (with the consistency of oatmeal or porridge) by adjusting the right amount of water.

Moldova sits between Asia and Europe, more specifically between Bulgaria and Ukraine, as you can image, all of this cultural diversity means that Moldovan food has evolved and been inspired by tons of flavors and traditions. Generally, Moldovan food is based on meat, cereals and vegetables. The climate of Moldova makes the soil some of the most fertile in the region, and incredibly high-quality fruit and vegetables are grown there which play a huge part in its cuisine. So Moldovan food that comes from them are blessed with both nutrition and flavor. Which brings us to our next dish…

2. Sarmale

As we mentioned, Moldovan cuisine has been influenced by many other countries over the years. Because of this, the next dish is quite common in a number of other countries, but the most common type heralds from Moldova and it’s called Sarmale.

What can I pair it with?

Sarmale is basically a stuffed cabbage leaf (or sometimes pepper), but there’s so much more to it than that. Often served in soup or separately with a sour cream dip, it would go perfectly with a crisp, white Feteasca Chardonnay.

How do I make it?

The stuffing consists of rice, minced meat and vegetables cooked together and placed inside a boiled cabbage leaf. Whilst it sounds simple, it can take hours to prepare and cook. Why not help yourself to another bottle while you wait?

3. Placinta

Placinta with cheese moldovan and romanian dish
Placinta with cheese

Finally, if you’re planning to visit Moldova and need something to eat on-the-go or just want to enjoy your own homemade creations on the way to work, then you need to try Placinta….not to be confused with placenta! Placinta, which is pronounced ‘pla-chin-ta’) is a fried bread that can be made with any number of different fillings. Think of it like a Moldovan pasty; a dish that’s available on any street corner or ‘corner’ shop.

What can I pair it with?

In Moldova, the placinta filling depends on the season. During the winter months, Moldovan’s like some pumpkin inside so it’d taste incredible with a Pinot Grigio Purcari.

In the summer, it often contains cherries which would be the perfect match to our Feteasca Neagra. It can be a savoury or sweet dish simply by changing the filling (and changing the wine).

How do I make it?

You can start a really serious discussion by asking people how thick they like their placinta or how much they like it fried. It’s a very personal preference, but when you hit upon the perfect thickness and filling, you’ll be in placinta heaven! Just roll out some puff pastry, choose your filling and fold it over. Bake it in the oven for about an hour and voilà! It’s the ultimate Moldovan comfort food.

We hope that’s whet your appetite for some incredible Moldovan food that will accompany your luscious Moldovan (or Slovakian or Georgian or Romanian) wine. Food and wine are such an integral part of our cultures, wherever you’re from, its importance should never be under-estimated but always shared.

Noroc to you all!

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