By Jane Poretsky
The 2014 Winter Olympics are here! No worries if you can’t make it to Sochi because we’re going to bring the food of the Olympic countries to you while you watch the games in the comfort of your own home. Here’s a look at 5 Winter Olympic countries and their foods. And remember, when you get hungry, get #FoodtoEat
It’s no surprise that Russians have taken over 90 medals at the Winter Olympics through the years. What do they call it…genetic adaptation? The athletes are practically born inside of a freezer chest. Cross-country skiing has helped the Ruskis take home 13 gold medals. Don’t forget about effortless figure skaters like Irina Slutskaya who gracefully glide across the ice, making all of us look like giant klutzes. Although we’re pretty certain that figure skaters don’t dine on fried carbs often, we know that on the rare occasion… they do eat Oladushki! Oladushki are a Russian pancake, often made with yeast and given time to rise. We fry ours with a little sunflower seed oil and smother them with sour cream and jam for the most delicious treat around. Watch our how-to video!
China is a huge competitor this year, especially in short track speed skating. They have taken home 24 medals in this category alone! Our favorite Chinese dish to munch on while watching the games is Scallion pancakes. Order flavorful, fried scallion pancakes from Red Egg.
Another frozen tundra of smiles and amazing athletes is good old Canada. Whether it be ice hockey or speed skating, sledding or curling, Canada has a proven track record of success. Overall, they hold the title for 146 medals at the winter Olympics over the years. Poutine is a classic Canadian dish that is sure to fill your belly fast. French fries, gravy and cheese curds; can you say “Yum, eh”! Order the American version of Canadian Poutine, Chili Cheese Fries, from Fatty Burger.
The Germans know their stuff when it comes to snow and ice. A whirlwind of political changes and 145 medals later, we are ready to see what they have in store for us at Sochi 2014. To celebrate German-style, cook up some juicy bratwurst and wash them down with a Hefeweizen.
Japchae: one of the million reasons to love south Korea. Springy, light glass noodles sautéed with wood ear mushrooms and tons of vegetables are one of the few guilt free dishes on our list. Slurp these up while watching Korea’s finest (like Chun Lee-Kyung) race away on the ice. Order Japchae from Koso Fresh
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