After a busy 4 day week, working with our offshore team at VRP Consulting, we took the Friday off to explore the city. Knowing our super passion for food, one of our colleagues recommended we must checkout that Minskiy Komarovskiy Market, which is the local food market in Belarus. It’s full of different vendors from all across the continent, selling foods and ingredients from their respective countries and also some stalls selling fresh food as well. It was literally all the types of food you could want / need to cook with under one roof. And so much colour, smell and people, this really was a super captivating afternoon spent at this food market. For a foodie, this is a must visit just to soak in the atmosphere of a local food market in another region and see the diverse treats and products on offer.
Below are some pictures of the things we saw and ate whislt we were there.
A traditional Georgian dish which is bread with a filling of cheese. The bread is normally leavened and allowed to rise. The bread can then be wripped off and used to eat the soft and gooey cheese or egg filling. Since this is a staple food of Georgia, the price of making Khachapuri is used as a measure of inflation in the region.
Assortment of Freshly Baked Bread
In the Right Wing of this market lay a couple of bakeries on the ground floor. They were making all kinds of varieties of freshly baked bread. We tried this cirular bread topped with toasted sesame and nigella seeds. Nigella seeds add that wonderful oniony flavour to the bread.
Chocolates & BonBons
There were loads of really diverse chocolates and sweets here that we have never seen before. It’s like our grandmothers used to keep a stash of when we used to go visit them and ask for chocolate.
Mini Grocery Store
This guy was selling all kinds of pulses, pastas, rice and some drinks as well
There were all kinds of spices on offer and so good to see them. From powdered masalas and whole spices from India, to mediterranean and Europe spices, this vendor had them all.
Indian Store in Minsk
Woop! So yes, people from our nation do seem to flock everywhere, and here were the few that had moved and settled in Minsk. I got chatting to the shop owner who said he moved many years back to Belarus, and has established his own restuaraunt there called ‘Om-Namo’. To better serve the market, he imports spices and sells them in his store in the food market. It was such a cool little Indian store, just enough of what someone might need but so colourful and cool to see some diverse offerings. Take a look at the photo below.
This was a first for me, first time I have ever come across Star Masala. Looked like a super old school shop, but nice to see some very different brands in an Indian Store
Now there were some delightful unsalted cheese being sold here – I have some photos on the other camera so will share them here soon.