— Russian traditional food: cold soup okroshka

Okroshka is a summer dish. The name probably originates from "kroshit'", which means to crumble into small pieces.Okroshka is always served cold. Sometimes ice cubes are added to served portions to keep the soup cold in hot weather. It is made with fresh diced vegetables.

The fresh vegetables retain the vitamins due to no cooking is involved. Heat is the main culprit to destroy vitamins. The only vegetables that need cooking is potatoes. Of course, there is meat in this dish which needs cooking. You can add poached chicken, fish, ham or sausages to this dish.

Okroshka is usually made with cucumbers, carrot, a garden radish, parsley, baby dill, green onion, eggs, lemon juice, butter milk or sour cream or mayonnaise.  If you like to add meat, it has to be cooked and chilled. The ratio of meat and vegetables should be approximately half and half.

There are many variations to this traditional soup but I believe the original recipe contained kvas, which is a fermented drink made of rye bread. It’s incredibly popular in the summer in many Soviet countries, with street vendors next to their gigantic “kegs” found on many corners (and lines of thirsty pedestrians surrounding them)

To conclude, if you want to really experience the country's cuisine, you need to eat the many varieties of Russian soup that are available with every meal.

You can be rest assured that almost every meal that you eat will include some form of soup. It's the way of traditional cuisine and is very good for you to boot.

In Pattaya real Russian okroshka you can be found in the brewery-restaurant "BeerFest" - 100 Baht!

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