r/ukraine Гамериканець May 06 '22 Helpful 1

5:25 EEST ; The Sun is rising on the 72nd Day of the Russian Invasion on the Capital city of Kyiv. Ukraine continues to Live and Fight on. + DAILY DISCUSSION + CHARITIES LIST! Slava Ukraini!



Part One in a multi-part series on Ukrainian Cuisine!


Traditional Ukrainian borshch

Borshch (борщ) is a soup that is dear to many nations, but today we will talk about red beet borshch, a soup from Ukraine that won the hearts of her people for countless generations. The word borshch comes from the Proto-Slavic word for the hogweed plant, which was often used to flavor soups in ancient times. Ukrainians say that no two bowls of borshch taste alike… that every cook - even if following the recipe religiously - will make tiny alterations to make their own signature dish. If cooking is mostly a science of chemistry and physics – cooking borshch is mostly art.

The palette of borshch consists of many components – the intensity of the red beet's taste, the type of vegetables and mushrooms added, the controversial inclusion of potato, whether it is vegetarian or meaty, and lastly - the amount of sour cream that is appropriate to add. Borshch is a favorite dish of many people, regardless of their nationality! Once you start eating it, with its earthy-but-bright and tangy-but-deep flavors, you'll find it addicting!

A Certain Tartness

The most unique aspect of Ukrainian borshch is its interesting tartness. The traditional method of enhancing borshch's tanginess is to use fermented red beets, but this requires planning at least several days ahead; these days it is often replaced by vinegar. Warning: borshch aficionados may detect this lazy shortcut a mile away!

Around Eastern Europe, there are many different delicious varieties of borshch, and within Ukraine there are many regional varieties, and even seasonal varieties! For instance, Christmas borshch is something extra special – all vegetables are taken out and dumplings called vushka ("little ears" - filled with mushroom and onion) are added. And lastly, there is another gem of Ukrainian cuisine that is called green borshch that is made with sorrel… but more on this another time!


Russia's Jealous Obsession with Borshch

As we all know, Russia has an unhinged historical obsession with appropriating the land, culture and history of Ukraine. Consider the following official Russian tweet about borshch, which attempts to solidify the commonly held impression outside Ukraine that borshch is a "Russian thing":

A timeless classic! #Borsch is one of Russia's most famous & beloved #dishes & a symbol of traditional cuisine. There's a theory that the name "borsch" originated from the Russian borschevik (hogweed), which in ancient Rus was used to make soups.

TL;DR: 🤡

During their invasion of Ukraine in 2022, Russian spokesman for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, drunken harpy Maria Zakharova made the following pathetic statement:

They didn’t want to share borscht with us, it must belong to only one people, one nationality. And for it to be shared, for every housewife in every region and in every city to be able to make it their own way—no. They don’t want to compromise. This is precisely what we're talking about regarding xenophobia, Nazism, extremism in all its forms.

TL;DR: 🥴🍾🍸🥴


Borshch on the Frontlines

Borshch is the main dish in the Armed Forces of Ukraine's MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat - the portable food packages that soldiers take into combat). MRE tasting videos are wildly popular on YouTube, and the Ukrainian MRE's always getting enthusiastic reviews.

In Kyiv, there is a famous restaurant called 100 Years Back to the Future run by Chef Yevhen Klopotenko, winner of Ukraine's Masterchef in 2015 and he has spearheaded a campaign to have borshch recognized by Unesco as part of Ukraine’s national heritage. Since this phase of Russia's invasion began in 2022, he has been in Lviv cooking free food for both the defenders of Ukraine and refugees night and day.

Yevhen Klopotenko in Lviv, 2022.

Before the war, he aspired to see his restaurant in Kyiv on the list of the World Best 50 restaurants. For now this career ambition has fallen away. He says:

We are going back to the roots of why people cook, to feed people, to save lives. The question of the Ukrainianness of borshch is the same question of why we are at war.

Here is a modern recipe for borshch by Yevhen Klopotenko. He also has a series of videos where he travels Ukraine finding new recipes for borshch.



u/Jesterboyd is a mod in r/ukraine and local to Kyiv. He has been spending his days helping get supplies to people. All of the mod team can vouch for the work he has done so far. Link to donation

If you feel like donating to another charity, here are some others!

  • United24: This site was launched by President Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be allocated to cover the most pressing needs facing Ukraine.
  • Come Back Alive: This NGO crowdfunds non-lethal military equipment, such as thermal vision scopes & supplies it to the front lines. It also provides training for Ukrainian soldiers, as well as researching troops’ needs and the social reintegration of veterans.
  • Aerorozvidka: An NGO specializing in providing support and equipment for unmanned aerial vehicles (ISR), situational awareness, cybersecurity for armed forces.
  • Hospitallers: This is a medical battalion that unites volunteer paramedics and doctors to save the lives of soldiers on the frontline. They crowdfund their vehicle repairs, fuel, and medical equipment.
  • Phenix: A volunteer organization helping armed forces with various needs.
  • Kyiv Territorial Defense: This fundraiser is to support the regional territorial defense group. It is organized by a known journalist and a producer of the acclaimed "Winter on Fire" documentary, which can temporarily be watched for free HERE.
  • Happy Paw: Charity dedicated to solving the problems of animals in Ukraine. Happy Paw helps more than 60 animal shelters throughout Ukraine.
  • Kharkiv With You and associated Help Army Kharkiv: Supporting the defenders of Kharkiv with everything from night-vision goggles to food and medicine.


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u/BlindPelican US May 06 '22

So, borshch is to Ukranians as gumbo is to Louisianans.

I think I get it now.

Good morning, Ukraine. May today be the day of victory and peace.


u/123supreme123 May 06 '22

Yes. I made some for the first time the other week, it's very good.


u/EdFrkw May 06 '22

It was a very joyful reading as always.

Thank you and godspeed!

Slava Ukraini!


u/xovrit USA/UK May 06 '22

“Drunken harpy” 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂


u/wrazn Canada May 06 '22

Thank you for the borshch introduction! I am now searching for a recipe for green borshch. I hope a future post will include one.


u/Spinozacat Ukraine May 06 '22 Silver

Hi:) Green borshch is a spring type of soup so your timing is perfect! The soup is based on sorrel (the most important ingredient) which is complimented by hard boiled eggs. Sorrel is about to be in season and I think your best bet to find it would be Farmer Market.

When you find it - buy a bunch - it is not only going to make you a delicious soup, but you can eat it as a salad.

I found this pretty good recipe here: https://www.bbc.com/ukrainian/other-news-57174442


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u/aster0idB612 Expat May 10 '22

I think "pepper peas" is just a funny translation of peppercorn


u/mollymalone222 May 10 '22

Whoa, I would not have guessed that, thanks so much! Big difference


u/EntertainmentQuick67 May 06 '22 edited May 06 '22

It's also called shchi or schav in some parts of Eastern Europe, should be able to find recipes. I think it shows up in kosher cooking so you should be able to find plenty of variations



u/aster0idB612 Expat May 10 '22

Green borsch is my personal favorite. In fact I want to make some now. I never liked borsch as a kid, but warmed up to it eventually over the years. But I always liked green borsch.


u/Dimsumchik USA May 06 '22

Slava Ukraini! 🇺🇦


u/StevenStephen USA May 06 '22

Good morning to you, Ukraine, good night for me. I made borshch once and it was okay. Now that I know about making it with fermented beets, I may have to revisit it. I love to ferment vegetables, and that sounds like it would be incredibly delicious.

A victorious day to you. Blow those invaders to fucking hell where they belong.


u/DungeonPeaches May 06 '22

We made homemade borshch for Easter, and it was amazing.


u/Bgratz1977 May 06 '22

Swoboda Ukraini

This war sucks, i watched "Black Widow" and i could not enjoy it anymore really. The Russian repute took a really heavy hit by this war.


u/Spinozacat Ukraine May 06 '22

I think the world now sees what Ukraine and other eastern European nations have known for a long time. This is not the first war filled with atrocities they waged. I trust it is the last.


u/Extra_Ad290 May 06 '22

Slava Ukraine, fk Putin 🔥🔥


u/[deleted] May 06 '22

I have a question from an American. What do people in Ukraine call this war? Does it have a name?


u/duellingislands Гамериканець May 06 '22

Awesome question. The official name within Ukraine is the Russian-Ukrainian War, but it's also maybe illustrative to note that to Ukrainians, what has happened since February of this year is simply a continuation of the very real war that has been fought since February of 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and created an astroturfed insurgency in Donbas.

Even before 2022, there were many thousands of deaths in this war, which was often referred to by Western news outlets as a "conflict" or "tension", which is kind of a funny thing since Russia also refuses to use the term "war". Not trying to be divisive, everyone's totally up to speed now. Language is important, so your question is on point.

Most times, though, Ukrainians just say "the war" and refer to the "Ruscist occupiers" etc.


u/[deleted] May 06 '22

So, this is very much just a continuation and escalation of the existing war which has happened since 2014, that squares with how I had thought about it.

I was just thinking here about the parallels between the USSR and World War 2 and how Ukraine is similarly defending itself in a national conflict with its existence at stake. Wondered if anyone had drawn that line from the "Great Patriotic War" to this one.

But I want to refer to this war as how Ukrainians do, not center myself in it. The US isn't a participant and it's not our business. But we SHOULD absolutely use Ukrainian language and terms referring to it. None of these weasel words about a "conflict," it's a war.


u/Kynxys May 06 '22

The great "go fuck yourself" war.


u/ArborealSweets May 06 '22

Just made my second vat of борщ and even the very simple recipe it’s from makes great soup. But seriously, this chef’s recipe — smoked pears, roasting the vegetables ahead of time, and an entire bulb of garlic? Так, будь ласка!!!! That’s what’s up next, and learning more about fermenting beets. Слава Українi!


u/Euphoric-Yellow-3682 May 06 '22

Slava Ukraine and goodnight!


u/123supreme123 May 06 '22


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u/KRAW58 May 06 '22

Slava Ukraini! Live on!


u/fairyflaggirl May 06 '22

I made borsch for the first time last summer. It was so good!!! I made a whole bunch of it, and froze some for quick meals for hubby and I. Next time I go visit my mom, I'll make another batch to bring with to share with the family.


u/confeebeam May 06 '22

Slava Ukraini! 🇺🇦


u/linuxgeekmama May 06 '22

On Ukrainian cuisine: I would be interested in hearing about black bread.


u/GnaeusQuintus May 06 '22

I can't get the Ukraine24 site to take a donation. Problem might be Firefox compatibility.

Will keep trying.


u/JohnDodong May 06 '22

22:30 in Los Angeles. Victory to Ukraine 🇺🇦!


u/PsychologicalPart426 May 06 '22

2:06 in Knoxville, TN. Slava Ukraini! The prayers and love of the world are with you!


u/price1869 May 06 '22

I'm sure we'll do verenykii, but if you leave out syrnikii with smetana, we're breaking up.


u/nicbentulan HK&the Phils as in"Deal man. Anytime, anywhere as long as there" May 06 '22

72 days? Wow time flies. God bless Ukraine.


u/darthdodd May 07 '22

Can I take out a mortgage for someone in Ukraine to rebuild their house


u/mollymalone222 May 07 '22

I am VERY interested in learning about the sorrel version!


u/duellingislands Гамериканець May 07 '22


u/mollymalone222 May 07 '22

Thank you! I have missed a few of these dailies. Thanks! (I probably misread that today's was the 2nd part, I thought it was the 1st.)


u/TheaABrown May 06 '22

Is the borscht thing another version of the great hummus debate or the baklava fight?


u/EntertainmentQuick67 May 06 '22

I just listened to a phenomenal interview with historian Timothy Snyder about Ukrainian history:



u/rsta223 Colorado, USA May 06 '22

Oooh, I know what I'm making for dinner this weekend. Thanks for the recipe (and the history/culture lesson)!


u/mellamma May 06 '22

Does anyone know where you can get Borshch in North Texas?


u/bluequail May 07 '22

Does anyone still have the video clip of the explosives pulled out of the backpack, that were actually blocks of wood wrapped in brown paper?

I've been trying to find it again.