We fell in love with Krakow, Poland on the very first day that we set foot into this beautiful Eastern European city. It has an elegant, resplendent vibe to it, and seems to echo of old-school glamour down every street that we took. Kuchnia u Babci Maliny , meaning Grandma’s Kitchen with Raspberries (such a friendly, welcoming name!) was recommended by our hostel’s receptionist as a good place for lunch to fill our hungry tummies after a few hours of travelling out from Leeds. It was here that we had our first encounters with the magic of Polish dumplings, otherwise known as pierogis.
It was located just a few streets away from the main train station where our hostel was located near, and right opposite it was the majestic Juliusz Slowacki Theatre.
We loved dining in Poland for so many different reasons; being in Eastern Europe, prices are very much lower than what you usually encounter in Western European cities, and the servings are amazing as well. Furthermore, Polish cuisine just feels so hearty, comforting and exudes a vibe of eating someone’s homecooked food. Even now I can feel the nostalgia for these meals that we had months ago.
The interior is kind of rustic, with dim lighting, wooden tables and benches transporting you into another setting from a few decades ago.
Fried potato and cheese pierogis
These dumplings came with a nice creamy sauce that you can dip them into, and I really liked the flavour of mashed potato and cheese coated in the dumpling skin, which wasn’t too thick at all! It was sort of like Russian dumplings, which I’ve tried before – the serving was so big and I kind of regretted getting such a carbohydrate-laden dish because I really couldn’t finish the dumplings midway into the dish! It was more than enough for me though, and satiated my appetite, slowly savouring the flavours melding into each other as I tried pierogi after pierogi. (Isn’t pierogi such a cute word? Say it 10 times. It automatically raises your endorphin levels (: ) You can opt to have them boiled instead of fried as well, which was what we ended up having a few days later.
Andrea’s chicken/pork pierogis
This leaves one feeling way less stuffed than consuming potatoes wrapped in skin! The meat was marinated with a very savoury, interesting flavour and it sets the crispy skin off perfectly (:
If you ever happen to be in Krakow, this will be a great place for you to stop by!
Kuchnia u Babci Maliny
ul. Szpitalna 38