Russian Pelmeni Cooking Experience by Private Van & Guide
St. Petersburg, Russia
- Try Your Hand at Cooking Pelmeni: Belonging to the dumpling family, Russian Pelmeni are a huge part of the country’s cuisine and culture. When slathered with sour cream, Pelmeni will satisfy anyone’s hunger.
- What’s In It? They are are Russian dumplings consisting of a small portions of ground meat and onion wrapped in a thin, unleavened dough and boiled.
- Vodka Tasting Session: Try four different types of the national drink.
About this St. Petersburg tour
Food, wine and culture intertwine to make this cooking class a memorable one. Proceed to a centrally located restaurant, where some basic table etiquette can be practiced.
The people of Russia like their guests to eat with hands above the table, but elbows below the table. Pass your dishes to the left as you prepare and cook this tasty Russian dish, a blend of onion and ground meat. Let’s not forget the interesting conversation that is sure to take place inside the restaurant.
This is your opportunity to discuss the country’s history, as well as the history of numerous types of vodka that will be consumed throughout the cooking experience. Since the alcoholic beverage was invented in the 9th century, it has become an accompaniment for the majority of meals throughout Russia. First distilled in Moscow in the 1440s, vodka is the country’s national drink, and so you should feel privileged in gaining the opportunity to sample not just one, but four distilled beverages.
Even if you don’t want to sip vodka after putting on your apron and sprinkling traditional toppings over the stomach-comforting Russian specialty, give it a try. When you consider the fact that the typical Russian consumes an average of 18 liters of vodka annually, it’s worth being a part of this specific mealtime custom. Who knows, it could even stimulate interesting conversation!
Don’t Confuse Pelmeni with Dumplings!
While the Russian delicacy that is Pelmeni might be linked to dumplings, they are slightly different. Whatever the filling, size or shape may be, the flavor and texture may remind you of a Cantonese wonton or Mongolian bansh. It is the thickness of the dough that makes Pelmeni different to Polish Pierogi and Ukrainian Varenyky, as well as the fact that the fillings are likely to be raw, rather than cooked.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
You must have at least 10 people, but no more than 16 in your party to reserve this tour. Select 1 van at check-out for your private group
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. Flat shoes make walking on cobblestones much easier.
Travelers must walk roughly 0.25 mile over various surfaces with steps. Wheelchair users can join tour as long as they are able to enter/exit vehicle and are accompanied by an able bodied companion. Must verify that venue visited is wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Food & Wine, Private Tour
Van for groups of up to 16 travelers
Pelmeni Cooking Class at Local Restaurant
English, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Travelers must be 7 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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