If you’re not from Poland or married to a Pole, if you’ve never been to Poland or if you never lived in a Polish community outside of Poland you have no idea that you are missing out on something delicious!I’m from Toledo, Ohio, which you also might not know has a long history with their Polish community. So, I’ve encountered and devoured my fair share of pierogi. But for those of you who have not had the pleasure of tasting one, let me take a second and familiarise you with them.
Pierogi (that’s the plural) are the Polish equivalent to Chinese Dumplings. They have a flour based dough that is stuffed with some sort of filling. The dough is sealed and cooked in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. Then depending on your filling you can top them with bacon, olives or sour cream.
While Shanghai has a flourishing dining scene there are several ethnic cusinies missing here, including Polish restaurants.
Hold on! Dry your eyes! There might not be a restaurant (yet!), but there is a delicious alternative…
Thanks to Shanghai’s very own Pierogi Ladies, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on a pierogi or two (dozen!!). Two fantastic Polish expats, Gosia and Joanna, are introducing these cute little Polish dumplings to our city. Using Gosia’s grandmothers pierogi dough recipe, they are filling hundreds of pierogi every week to satisfy the city’s demand.
These bite-sized snacks are bursting with different flavors. Traditionally they’re stuffed with sauerkraut and mushroom for Christmas or chicken meat when served at weddings, but those flavors are reserved for fancy occasions. For other non-celebratory days, pierogi are usually stuffed with a mixture of potatoes, onion and cottage cheese. Sautéed with a bit of butter and some chopped onions (and bacon if you like), Pierogi Ladies Classic Pierogi are highly addictive!
This brings me to a little secret from Gosia and Joanna, after boiling the dumplings, lightly sauté them in butter to give the dough a slight crunch. You don’t have to do this, but I really loved them sautéed.
Pierogi Ladies also offer a second filling choice, Spinach-Feta Cheese which is quite popular among the expat population. They taste best sautéed with a bit of butter and a smashed glove of garlic. Extra garnishes of tomatoes and olives really brighten up the dish as well.
And in case you were wondering, pierogi can be a dessert as well! These two geniuses also stuff the pierogi with strawberries and include a side of sweetened sour cream to satisfy your sweet tooth. After boiling these, I sautéed them with a bit of coconut oil, but you could also use butter.
Gosia and Joanna claim on their website that these culinary pieces of art will blow your mind. So did they live up to expectations…
They are absolutely delicious! My friends and family all loved them. The are filled just right so they don’t look like a soggy doughy mess in a plate. But they’re light enough that you can eat 8 in a row!
Pierogi are the perfect after school/work snack or you can add a colorful salad and bowl of soup to make a full meal. Pierogi Ladies sell them in packs of 8 and are frozen for easy storage. When you’re ready to make them, like the day they’re delivered, you just boil them in salt water until the pierogi float to the top. Then drain and sauté in butter. Boom!
So how can you get your hands on this Polish staple?
There are lots of ways…
- Check out their website to see what flavors of pierogi you want
- Order via WeChat: They can deliver to you (for a small fee based on your location)
Joanna – Mobile: 18521522747/ WeChat: joasiaboczek
Gosia – Mobile: 13818782405/ WeChat: GosiaM
- Pick them up at Craft in (7 Donghu Road, Near Middle Huai Hai Road)
*They come frozen with instructions on how to prepare them at home. It’s super easy!**
- Enjoy them fresh at Craft every Tuesday night from 8:00pm-10:30pm (ps they’re currently playing GoT!!)
- Or visit them at pop up markets around Shanghai, like Jiashan market and Brunch & Bazaar where you can eat them straight off the frying pan or take them home with you.
- They are also available for brunch at The Rooster (455 North Shaanxi road)
- Look for them in June at Kate and Kimi online!
I’ve just given you plenty of ways to get yourself pierogi but how about I tell you a secret… Mention Recipe Nomad and they’ll give you 10% off your order!
**I was given free pierogi in return for my post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own.**
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