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The Best Serbian Food You Shouldn’t Miss

Hi Globe Students, today we will learn about Balkan cuisine, namely Serbian Cuisine, my native region.

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When you travel the world, especially for people coming from Asia, itʼs not about just seeing the sights and perhaps learning a few words of the local language. Itʼs very much about tasting the food, and sampling traditional cuisine.


Culture is about gastronomy, and in the Balkans, there are plenty of authentic and traditional dishes to try. Youʼll also find that many Serbian dishes overlap with neighboring countries. There are, however, subtle differences to explore. Serbian food has had many different influences throughout the years, which is reflected in the food. These influences have made Serbian cuisine a real melting pot (pun definitely intended) of delicious flavors for the taste buds.

Influences, ranging from oriental all the way to many parts of Europe, Serbian cooking has its roots in meat, making it a hearty choice for colder days, but youʼll also find many vegetables included in the most local Serb dishes. Pastry is also quite prevalent in Serbian meals. So, when you combine that with meat, you certainly are not going to starve. But thatʼs okay, of course, there are loads of things to do and see in Serbia, from Belgrade to Novi Sad, to keep you busy and help you burn off those extra kilojoules.


To give you an idea of what you can expect to see when youʼre traveling around Serbia, and the best Serbian food to try, letʼs explore the wonder of Serbian cuisine. This list will have you ready to rent your car and road trip the country for yourself, just to eat!


Ćevapčići (Chevapchichi)

Youʼll find cevapcici or cevapi all over the Balkans, from Croatia to Romania, and these are delicious, small sausages made of minced and grilled meat. The meat is usually either pork, beef, or lamb, and can also be a mixture. You will often get a portion of around 5-10 different sausages served on a fresh flatbread with onions, red pepper relish, and sometimes sour cream, too, if you want it. This is a common and quite cheap Serbian street food you will find at most takeaways, so give it a try.


Pljeskavica (Plyeskaavitza)

Very similar to cevapcici, pljeskavica is a patty type of food and is usually made with either beef or pork, and a real spicy kick to boot. Youʼll find it served in bread, with onions. The patty itself is mixed with a type of milky cream and a pepper sauce. This is another very easily found type of street food and is actually one of the most popular snacks youʼll find. Itʼs cheap and cheerful, and because of the amount of meat in it, also very filling. If youʼd like to try Serbian meat dishes, this is one you wonʼt have any trouble finding.


Krofne (Kroffnee)

Krofne is a doughnut and can be filled with various different ingredients, such as jam, chocolate, or even marmalade, custard or cream. The most common filling is jam or chocolate, and you can easily grab and eat one on the go if you have a sweet craving.


As you can see, typical Serbian food wonʼt leave you hungry! These are just a few Serbian dishes to try while enjoying your vacation in Serbia. If you like me to add more, please let me know.



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  1. Keiko Keiko

    Dusan, I would love to visit Serbia some day ! For the time being, could you tell me any nice restaurants serving Balkan cuisin around Kansai area ?


      Dear Keiko-san,

      As I was doing some research into the Balkan cuisine and gastronomy in Japan when I first got here,
      I am a bit sad to say that I can only refer you to a pop-up restaurant run by lady Noriko from Yokohama who is organizing pop-up Serbian cusine days in Tokyo and around Japan
      (recently Colabo Cafe Shibuya).

      Go to:

      Regretfully I was
      unable to find any Serbian/ Croatian/Balkan restaurants in the Kansai area which makes this cuisine even rarer in Japan,
      and inspires hope that one day we will be able to enjoy and indulge to the full the delights of the fine Balkan cuisine.

      In the meantime I will also leave an address of a famous Croatian restaurant in Tokyo called ‘Dobro’ (Good – in – Serbo-Croatian Language):

      日立第6ビル, 2 Chome-6-14 Kyobashi, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0031

      • Keiko Keiko

        Dusan, thank you for your comments.
        A little sad to hear that only a few Balkan cuisines restaurants exist in Japan.
        But I would love to visit your cited restaurants when I go back to Kanto area.

        Through online searching one Slovenian cuisine restaurant was hit in Kyoto !

        I’m not sure if Slovenian foods are similar to Serbian foods.
        If you feel interested in, please visit there.