I am a freelance writer with a passion for art, photography, cooking, yoga, dancing and travelling. I have an Eastern European background and I love to explore new cultures, discover new things and share my experiences with the world.
Published January 5th 2013
Discover traditional Russian food
What I love about Adelaide is how multicultural and diverse it is. Here you can find Asian groceries, Turkish restaurants, Mediterranean food stores and even Eastern-European treats. Next to the corner of Hackney road and North Terrace, near the Adelaide Botanic Garden, hides Mozaika - an Eastern European food store.
The name "Mozaika" translated as mosaic from Russian, most certainly indicates the variety of products on offer in the store. The product ranges available include but are not limited to sausages, milk products, canned food, alcohol and sweets.
Canned food such as salted or marinated cheery tomatoes, zucchini, and pickled cucumbers go best with meat for lunch or dinner, especially the Melenz assortment, which includes marinated zucchinis, cherries and cucumbers, which deserve a mention due to its supreme quality.
Out of dairy products, I often buy cottage cheese from which I prepare cottage cheese pancakes and cottage cheese pudding. Sweetened and pressed cottage cheese with sultanas can be also found in the milk products section and may be used as a filling for crapes or simply eaten as is.
Visiting Mozaika will allow you to experience Russian food culture, as well as appreciate the country's artisan work. Spoons, trays and Russian dolls decorated in traditional Russian style can be purchased at the store. Furthermore, vodka which is a popular Russian beverage, is available in the bottles shaped as Russian dolls and thus can be given as a gift or brought to a party.
The selection of sweets is quite extensive and some can be bought by weight, while others are nicely packaged and can be used as presents. My favourite chocolates are called Strela translated as Arrow, these chocolates are filled with creamy fudge with a touch of brandy and covered with dark chocolate.
I suggest you ask the staff which sweets are from the most recent shipment. You can also ask to taste the sweets that are sold by weight before you buy. The sausages can be tasted as well before purchasing.
I have a Bulgarian friend, who will love this place; currently the Gaganis warehouse is a great, cheaper place to visit as well.
Oh and having a European b/grd myself, my father will love some of the boozy chocolates I plan to buy when I go there. Cottage cheese pancake filling reminds me of my Grandmother's cheesecake. Yum. Oh and I personally love 'cheery' tomatoes and the Baboushka vodka bottles??? Love to know what the quality is like?
Привет! Thanks for this. I spent some time in Russia and Kazkahstan and when I come to Adelaide (which is often for work) I love going to visit Orthodox church or the little Russian deli on central markets. I will check this place you mention this Tuesday when I fly in. Looks great. And I can practice my Russian language skills. Do they have the book Kolobok there for sale?