bethlehem: russian days festival (9/10 & 9/11 only)
church festival food tends to be hit or miss, but, this one was hit after hit after hit.
the halupki (aka cabbage stuffed) were meaty, medium-sized ones in a thin but not sugary tomato sauce, everything melding together nicely.
the halushki (aka cabbage and noodle) i was going to skip until i saw it. i would have expected a dish with what seems a third green cabbage, a third white noodle, and a third butter. instead, the halushki was mainly white from a home-made pasta that looked similar to orecchiette. compared with most halushkis which drip in butter, this version was light.
the pelmeni (miniture dumplings) came in a cup of broth. the broth was undistinguished but the pelmeni were quite flavorful.
the pirozhki (meat patty baked into a roll) is definitely a must try. it was almost like baking gyro meat into a non-greasy roll. the bread had no chance to drown out the taste of this spiced patty.
items i didn't try included:
keilbasi, sausage, turkey, blini, kugel, potato pancake, borscht, chicken soup, pierogi, poppy seed rolls, tons of kiffles, other home-baked goods.
st. nicholas russian orthodox church
980 bridle path road, bethlehem, pa