Omnivore: Where To Buy Pierogi

By paulcox Last edited 111 months ago
Omnivore: Where To Buy Pierogi

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Right now, Londoners can put a greater variety of stuff on our tables than in almost any other place or time in history. So don't settle for another Tesco quiche; join us as we make a grocery list of our culinary diversity. Happy foraging.

Red Pig

57 Camden High Street

MAP

50p per pieróg; 60p for soured cream.

We have long expected pierogi — or one of their Slavic relatives — to proliferate in London and slowly become assimilated into the British diet, but somehow it hasn't happened. The Polish populations are well in place, as are the polskie sklepy, delicatessens, and restaurants sprinkled throughout the city. And consider the dish: large pasta shells, outweighing even the most hearty of ravioli, stuffed with (in the common ruskie variety) mash and farmer's cheese. They're equally tasty boiled or pan fried. By all rights they should be recognised by the British palate as the perfect food. We blame the Daily Mail and all of their anti-Polish campaigns.

Maybe the immigrants know something we don't, but we've found fresh pierogi fiendishly difficult to procure, to the point of even trying to make our own from scratch (it didn't go well). Frozen brands can be found in some sklepy, but these don't do justice. Fortunately, Red Pig opened last year in Camden Town to further the invasion. It's a brilliant delicatessen, stocking everything from assorted kielbasa sausages to an entire wall of biscuits, with a small café downstairs. The prices are very good and the staff happy to offer translations.

Red Pig do sell frozen dumplings in various forms, but they also make their own pierogi on site. They ordinarily offer two varieties: ruskie stuffed with mash and cheese, and kapusta, spiced sauerkraut. You can sample these in the café, but you can just as easily take a bag home and boil or pan fry them yourself. However you cook them, they're best served with soured cream and apple sauce. Red Pig sells soured cream, called śmietana, that is suitably thicker than the British style, but you'll have to look elsewhere for the apple sauce. Tuck into a half dozen of these (grand total £3) and you'll be thanking the Eurocrats for opening the borders. In fact, you might start thinking about migrating yourself.

Last Updated 16 January 2009

RachelH

Holy cow. I'm salivating at the mere thought.

Andrea

Must. Buy. Pierogi. Thanks for the tip.

SallyB

Weirdly Iranians make and enjoy piroshki too, although the recipe clearly came in with Russian/Jewish immigrants.
They are easy to make but time-consuming. Personally I hate faffing with yeast and so would much rather follow your recommendation, but for the domestic shahrinas amongst you, this is one of the best recipes I've seen:
http://kitchenofserendip.blogs...

And now I'm salivating too.

Amanda Farah

They are truly magical creations. Blueberry ones are good too, especially with a little golden syrup.

eas_e

I love pierogies! Thanks for the tip.

ligress

London's been sooo missing the good old Polish (or Russian, depending on how you name them) pierogi! Thank you for the tip!

ligress

Though my mom makes the best ones anyway...

WAHG

Where To Buy Pierogi? and you list ONE shop in all of London?