Romanian food is a mix of different dishes from several cuisines but it also maintains its own character. It has been greatly influenced by Ottoman (Turkish) food, while it also includes influences from the foods of Germany, Serbia, Bulgaria and Hungary,
The main ingredients used in every day meals are meats such as pork, beef and lamb as well as fish, vegetables, dairy products and fruit. Meat is considered essential in any meal, the most common is pork. A favorite dish is sarmale, mincemeat wrapped in cabbage leaves or vine leaves. It goes well with polenta (made with water, salt and corn meal) and sour cream.
Soups are popular, they are made with or without meat, with fish being a common ingredient. A popular soup is "Zama", a green bean soup with chicken, parsley, and dill. Stews made with chicken or pork in addition to various vegetables are common every day dishes.
A specialty not to be missed is what the Romanians call "branza de burduf in coaja de brad", literally "cheese in fir tree bark." Curious? then follow the link to Romania Tourism.
When it comes to desserts, there is a wide range of crepes with various fillings and toppings.
The country has many excellent wines however the national drink is a spirit made of plums, apples, or peaches and called "Tuica". It has a high alcohol content!