Bulgarian cuisine is relatively simple and delicious, packed with fresh foods, cheese, yogurt, and many regional specialties. Here are some of the most common foods you will find around Bulgaria:
Banitsa - A hand formed pastry usually filled with feta cheese. Can also be filled with leeks or spinach. Sometimes filled with pumpkin or apple as a special treat. You can find it sold on the street or at shop windows fresh from the oven.
Shopska Salad - The shopi region is the area around Sofia, but this salad is popular everywhere in the Balkans and is offered at almost every restaurant in Bulgaria. It consists of chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and peppers, garnished with a mound of shredded feta cheese piled on top.
Moussaka - A baked dish similar to shepherd’s pie. Made of ground meat and potatoes covered by a blanket of cream and eggs. Sometimes offered using eggplant in place of ground meat.
Lyutenitsa - A delicious pepper and tomato spread used as a condiment with various meats and as a topping on bread or toast.
Shkembe Chorba - Tripe soup. A classic Bulgarian meal served warm with garlic,vinegar and hot peppers. Not for the faint of heart, but definitely a must try culinary experience for the intrepid traveler.
Tarator - Cold yogurt and cucumber soup. Served with dill and often garlic. A refreshing lunch staple in warm weather, it can be found all year round.
Kebapche - Grilled mincemeat shaped like a cigar. Often sold in multiples of 2 or 3, served in an oblong bun. Sometimes garnished with lyutenitsa, salad, or other condiments. Very popular among children and students.