How Pierogis Are Keeping Eastern European Comfort Food Alive | Food Skills

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  • Published on Dec 25, 2017
  • NYC is a dumpling-lover's paradise, with versions from all around the world available at all times of day. But in a pocket of the East Village known as Little Ukraine, the pierogi is the clear leader in the savory, meat-stuffed dough category. Also packed with cheese, cabbage, and potato, Veselka's plump and savory potstickers harken back to grandma's cooking from the old county. Dipping the dumplings in apple sauce is optional, but remember: At Veselka, onions and sour cream are always required.
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  • Awesomegamer 1
    Awesomegamer 1 7 days ago

    Blyatful

  • Im an Armo-l dare you say otherwise

    I went here for a 6th grade trip. Back when i hated beets but their borsht changed my mind.

  • Nathan Heffernan
    Nathan Heffernan Month ago

    Pierogi is already plural

  • SiilUdusProduction
    SiilUdusProduction 2 months ago

    Vareniki?

  • Hatty The Hatbird
    Hatty The Hatbird 3 months ago

    everytime that borscht crosses the screen my stomach grumbles

  • Nick Bread
    Nick Bread 3 months ago

    Hey I love it, thanks for making a video on this! I'm Polish and Pierogi is everyone's favourite.
    I love that production line style kitchen lol - pierogi, no matter if they're homemade for family dinner or in a restaurant, are always always always a big undertaking that takes a long time, and you always make a lot. One time me and my dad made 200 in one afternoon. We had to roll out the dough ourselves and also didn't have a mince machine or a food processor so we had to mince all the meat and cabbage by hand with a knife.
    Some things I will say though, and some people might think I'm being anal, but it might be useful for those who genuinely are interested in this stuff:
    -Pierogi is already plural (Pieróg is singular but you probably won't need it in that form lol)
    -Pierogi aren't usually prepared the way they do it here, aka you boil them through and eat them warm right after boiling. However when you have leftovers the next day, they're pretty good fried on the pan.
    -Some of the fillings they're using seem to be rather non-traditional. That's not a bad thing, of course people will experiment and Eastern European culture in America will take its own wing. But if you're interested, traditional fillings are usually: meat, cabbage(pickled, sour cabbage that's been boiled), potato with savoury white cheese, sweet 'cottage cheese'/white cheese, or even fruit such as blueberries or strawberries.
    Hope to see more of Eastern European cuisine here!!

  • john normal
    john normal 3 months ago

    slava pierogi

  • CymetricCymphony
    CymetricCymphony 3 months ago

    Also gunna need a video on some holopchi next

  • CymetricCymphony
    CymetricCymphony 3 months ago

    I don't even give a fuck about the internet but I will always like/bump/whatever pierogis without fail in all its glorious forms, fuck the world eat more pierogis

  • Alex Winter
    Alex Winter 3 months ago

    Pierogi is polish name of this food. It's called "varyeniki" in Ukraine and Russia. But if it's stuffed with meat, it's "pelmeni". And "Pierogi" in russian means "pies".

  • Tom Praytor
    Tom Praytor 4 months ago

    This guy seems cool.

  • Sjef
    Sjef 4 months ago

    I thought these things were called pelmeni or cheburek ( idk how to write it exactly mb) what's the difference between these and pierogi?

  • Alex Fishman
    Alex Fishman 4 months ago

    Based on my experience living in a Ukrainian family, these are more like Varenyky or large Pelmeni. Pierogis are usually a baked roll with filling, not usually a dumpling. Really depends where in Eastern Europe you’re from.

  • sanmal88
    sanmal88 5 months ago

    Stay cheeki breeki my friends!

  • daniel romanczuk
    daniel romanczuk 5 months ago

    pierogi is the multiple already, no need to add an S at the end

  • sayt an
    sayt an 5 months ago

    fucking fakest piorgis ever lmao

  • Feldspar the Lucario
    Feldspar the Lucario 5 months ago

    How does everyone eat their pierogis?
    I like mine with a lot of butter and a bit of sugar. It's weird but it's good. XD

  • Bones_ _dealer
    Bones_ _dealer 5 months ago

    PIEROGI GANG ❤

  • Shane Singleton
    Shane Singleton 5 months ago

    A good friend of mine who grew up in Ukrane introduced me to pierogis a few years ago. I've been hooked ever since. Luckily there is a Polish store close to work where I can get my fix. Not an incredibly common thing to come across in the Dallas, Tx area. I'm fortunate that there are some available close by.

  • Neutrale Libero
    Neutrale Libero 5 months ago

    Night in the wood food xD

  • Charlie Wood
    Charlie Wood 5 months ago

    And I thought Pierogis came from Pittsburgh lol I live 30 mi south and its a once a week meal for 50 years

  • barbara Corcoran
    barbara Corcoran 5 months ago

    eating prawn goyza as I watch this haha

  • Sharaf Abida
    Sharaf Abida 5 months ago

    will these are called haliva in the circassian community who are people who live in the Caucasus region

  • Theatre Research Institute

    Us making about 350 of these little parcels of joy (mushroom, sauerkraut, potato, cheese and more!) for christmas a few weeks ago: vimeo.com/247683103
    Best way of spending an afternoon in the kitchen with the whole team! Original Polish Pierogi recipes used.

  • justwhat youreallythinking

    We need matt stonie on hot ones

  • JayLeePoe
    JayLeePoe 5 months ago

    You gotta panfry them, folks. Same with Nepali momos and everything else. Sear the outside a little, toss some herbs in whatever oil you've got in there.
    The ricotta cheese desert pierogies are underrated. Sear them with brown butter and nuts, greens and something orange like yam.
    I do an anchovy sauce with your traditional potato + cheese pierogies-- boi. They come out like wontons if you bake them or "airfry" them.

  • Donray Williams
    Donray Williams 5 months ago +1

    Pierogies *

  • Johnnyboy
    Johnnyboy 5 months ago

    CHEBUREKI

  • Rick Davis
    Rick Davis 5 months ago

    That’s the stuff I grew up eating! Shoutout from Pittsburgh (Da burgh).

  • Luke Derivan
    Luke Derivan 5 months ago

    Place is home 🙏

  • JINXtheGamer
    JINXtheGamer 5 months ago

    Just FYI it's Pierogi, not Pierogis because Pierogi is already plural so by adding "s" you just making it "double plural" lol

  • Drew Kabala
    Drew Kabala 5 months ago

    My great grandma came from Poland to America and my grandma used to make pierogis all the time. That and cabbage rolls. Soooooo good. I miss these. She would put sourkraut in them though.

  • VeanZann
    VeanZann 5 months ago

    Yeah, cool but Poland is placed in Central NOT Eastern Europe. Polish people argued a lot with Russians, Ukrainians etc. and have plenty of bad memories connected with comunism.

  • WillWhiskey
    WillWhiskey 5 months ago

    As someone from eastern Europe, I fucking hate pierogis

  • StealthPlatypus1
    StealthPlatypus1 5 months ago

    Just made 30 dozen pierogis a few days ago. Coming from a ukrainian family is great.

  • Luis Alberto
    Luis Alberto 5 months ago

    Oh so you're an immigrant? Well I'm sorry sir but we don't like "dem derr Imigrants" here in "murrca" so how about you go back to "your own country!"

  • Chris DeVries
    Chris DeVries 5 months ago

    My grandmother called them "pyrohy." In the dialect of Ukrainian she spoke (which was likely heavily influenced by Polish for reasons I'll get into), the "yr" almost sounded like a "ud" with a soft "d" and the "hy" more like "heh", so you can envision pyrohy as "pudaheh" as she pronounced it. She was born in Canada though - her mother, who taught her the language and the cooking techniques was born in the Old Country and immigrated here in her youth, so there may have been some drift in accents and such over the years of their combined lives, as they lived in the Ukrainian community in the Prairies. It's also interesting to note that while that branch of my family tree goes back to what we'd call Ukraine today, when my great-grandmother was born, she lived in what was then Poland (and has since become Ukraine) - she was part of a wave of thousands of immigrants from that area to Western Canada. So there are a whole bunch of people who emigrated from Poland at the turn of the 20th century (to Canada especially, but also the USA), who used and passed on a variant of the pierogi term for this delicious dumpling, since that was what it was called where they lived at the time. Now, their home villages/cities are mostly in Ukraine, and the people living there likely use predominantly the word "varenyky" (which just doesn't sound right to me!).
    But whatever you call them, keep sauerkraut as far away from them as possible, that shit's gross. Cheddar and potato filling ftw.

  • Chris Kerr
    Chris Kerr 5 months ago

    House of Targ in Ottawa, Norm's in Bowmanville. For the real shit.

  • Vladeks Obamagurovs
    Vladeks Obamagurovs 5 months ago

    Pirogi/pirozhki are small pies. They can be stuffed with meat or cabbage amongst other things. But the difference is, pirogi are baked goods. The ones in the video are pelmeni. Pelmeni are boiled or fried. They are called pelmeni in Eastern Europe and Russia, so I don't know why they insist on calling them pierogi in the video.

  • Sara  J
    Sara J 5 months ago +1

    **triggered Polak**
    pierogi are already P L U R A L

  • mthmchris
    mthmchris 5 months ago

    1:48 What is that dish inquiring minds want to know

  • Cornee
    Cornee 5 months ago

    Pirogi is Polish, from Russian Pirog (baked small bread with stuffing), in Ukrainian it's Varenic usually made with cheese curd filling and in Russian it is Pelmeni, they all have Asian roots

  • David Buschhorn
    David Buschhorn 5 months ago

    I'm a writer. Just found a new addition to my character's meals! Fortunately, one of them's Ukrainian :-) !!!

  • AG Wreck
    AG Wreck 5 months ago

    I would spend all my money at restaraunts if I lived in NYC. So much amazing food there

  • Sha4lo
    Sha4lo 5 months ago

    Vareniki with cherries are the best

  • N A
    N A 5 months ago

    Now Eastern Europe eats kebabs instead.

  • Eric Budd
    Eric Budd 5 months ago

    WHO is disliking this video? I simply do not understand, these dumplings look very interesting and fucking delicious.

  • kinderakakid
    kinderakakid 5 months ago

    it's called VARENYKY in Ukraine

  • Edwin Pell
    Edwin Pell 5 months ago

    Pierogi is plural.

  • Moses Bushido
    Moses Bushido 5 months ago

    Shoutout to Paul's Pel'Meni in Madison, Wisconsin. Keeping the midwest's dumpling game strong.

  • deFNoxLukin
    deFNoxLukin 5 months ago

    Pierogi ≠ Pelmeni : I

  • LittleTreeX
    LittleTreeX 5 months ago

    The best consumer frozen pierogis available are "Peter and Pat's Pierogis". Do yourself a favor and get some. "Mrs T's" doesn't even come close. I live in the southeast, perhaps in the north east you can get other brands (or even get them fresh) but down here, Peter and Pat's is your only good option.

  • Conservative
    Conservative 5 months ago +1

    There Russian!
    -Frank (Hell’s Kitchen season 15 contestant)

  • Lebko
    Lebko 5 months ago

    Wrong wrong wrong wrong, pierogis comes from the Slavic part of Europe, and it isn’t Jewish, definitely not fucking jewish

  • BlackJack21
    BlackJack21 5 months ago

    how tall is sean evans?

  • Rockweather
    Rockweather 5 months ago

    Thats not pierogi, thats varenyky, telling you as a russian. They are also not dumplings analogue, there is another thing called pelmeny.

  • Nujabessence
    Nujabessence 5 months ago

    I only had pierogi like a month ago for the first time. And they were pretty fucking good. And they were frozen. So now I want to go to a legit restaurant to eat them, cause they'll probably be fucking awesome.

  • Mariusz Szewczyk
    Mariusz Szewczyk 5 months ago

    Gotta get em with blueberry, strawberry, or cottage cheese. With some melted butter and sugar. Sooooo good.

  • Salkanis
    Salkanis 5 months ago

    Mannn i ate so much of them on christmas eve❤.

  • Drty Porcelain
    Drty Porcelain 5 months ago

    They love pierogis in Hamtramck

  • My names j f
    My names j f 5 months ago

    Perogies cabbage rolls and sour kraut with ham mmmmm mm that's the best

  • martin vega weiss
    martin vega weiss 5 months ago

    Bitch these are EMPANADAS a South America origined dish

  • yaboi
    yaboi 5 months ago

    Google "Gorby's Pirog". That's a Swedish fast food version of a Finnish pirog.

  • caramell sicko
    caramell sicko 5 months ago

    Babushka seeing 2k-3k pelmeni made is not enough

  • Burak Eren
    Burak Eren 5 months ago

    Great guy. He's not interested in picking fights about the origins of recipe and focused on serving the food instead. I wish more people had that mentality.

  • John Kapp
    John Kapp 5 months ago

    Great-grandmother was from Zamosc and made the best pierogis in Canada.

  • Nikolay Vakulich
    Nikolay Vakulich 5 months ago

    Чебупели лучше

  • Edon Thefirst
    Edon Thefirst 5 months ago

    Is it just me, or are they also called pelmeni?

  • Avi Chetri
    Avi Chetri 5 months ago

    0:11 There's a man that clearly loves what he does for a living.

  • TrySomeVitaminD
    TrySomeVitaminD 6 months ago

    CULTURAL APPROPRIATION!!! HOW DARE HE COOK FOOD THAT ISNT OF HIS CULTURE. KILL HIM!! WHAT A WORTHLESS HUMAN. WHY ARE PEOPLE NOT MORE OUTRAGED BY THIS?? AHGRHG

  • Rod Pasichnyk
    Rod Pasichnyk 6 months ago

    Bet, ya can't just have one, lol!

  • Rod Pasichnyk
    Rod Pasichnyk 6 months ago

    A staple...my entire life!

  • Creepyparty
    Creepyparty 6 months ago

    I grew up eating these quite a lot lol potato ones are the best

  • Björn Ironside
    Björn Ironside 6 months ago

    Poland kurwa mác

  • bryank47
    bryank47 6 months ago

    Worlds most bland dumpling Sour cream and onions are needed to choke them down

  • Nurpus
    Nurpus 6 months ago +29

    Bonus fact:
    In Ukraine (and Russia) they are called *"varenyky"*
    If you order "pirogi" over there, you will get pies. Because it literally means "pies" in ukr and rus.

    • Nurpus
      Nurpus 4 months ago

      Jana Lichtenwald
      not over here, where they came from. They will be called "Varenyky" as long they have that dough and that shape. The filling can be anything: meat, mushrooms, fish, cherries, apples, potatoes...

    • Jana Lichtenwald
      Jana Lichtenwald 4 months ago

      Nurpus vareniky are filled with fruit and are sweet

  • dEiSeL5260xz
    dEiSeL5260xz 6 months ago

    🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦

  • Deo Lan
    Deo Lan 6 months ago

    Do a video on the best mexican bollio bread.

  • ThePharaohGaming
    ThePharaohGaming 6 months ago

    My polish immigrant great grandmother makes a batch of these every Christmas. Calls them Ped-ogies because it's hurts her feet to stand so long while filling them.

  • THExTANK13
    THExTANK13 6 months ago

    You should do more with Veselka! My favorite place to get breakfast in the East Village!

  • 2E0XAI
    2E0XAI 6 months ago

    Title might need editing? pierogi is already plural I think

  • Fumantony
    Fumantony 6 months ago

    Pierogies fried with butter and onions. Yum!!!

  • kurtusky13
    kurtusky13 6 months ago

    I went here after partying all night in the city (they are 24/7!) and man, The portions are good, tastes amazing and the staff was great. Highly recommend them and will definitely go back/bring people here!

  • ivy Strauss
    ivy Strauss 6 months ago

    I grew up in Latvia, so the ones with chicken were the shit, frying it up and having Sour cream with it, but I recommend you eat home made ones incase there's some mafia dumped human meat in there

  • Adam Szuszkiewicz
    Adam Szuszkiewicz 6 months ago

    Love you guys but it's pierogi, pierogi is multiple, pieróg is one

  • Cassandra Szmajda
    Cassandra Szmajda 6 months ago

    Next time I’m in New York, I know where I’m eating!

  • Rae Karkoc
    Rae Karkoc 6 months ago

    like if you’re hype for the ooshky and varenyky on cyat vechir

  • Paul Woelke
    Paul Woelke 6 months ago

    Man, I've had like 40 of those in the last 3 days and I still want more. And that was only one of 12 dishes that are filling up the fridge right now.

  • Rae Karkoc
    Rae Karkoc 6 months ago

    Kramarczuk’s keeping it alive in the midwest

  • NinjaRider777R
    NinjaRider777R 6 months ago

    My grandfather made these by hand, but the ones he made were HUGE compared to the tiny bites in this video, he made them at least 4 times wide and longer.

  • KidAloha87
    KidAloha87 6 months ago

    reminds me of gyoza

  • PrincepsComitatus
    PrincepsComitatus 6 months ago +1

    Eastern Europe for the win!!!

  • Purple Haze
    Purple Haze 6 months ago

    These are 'Varenyky' (Ukranian) or 'Pierogi' (Polish). So since this guy calls his restaurant ukranian, this is just embarrassing /: Anyhow, the Russian 'Pirog' (пиріг pyrih, pl. pyrohy пироги in ukranian - !) - also very popular in Finland ans Sweden - beats this any day.

  • Katie Beth
    Katie Beth 6 months ago

    Who cares if it is perog or perogi or perogies? I live in a part of the US were they are huge and everyone here calls them perogies. Anyway, I'm just glad that they are highlighting this great food!

  • Diogenes the drunk
    Diogenes the drunk 6 months ago

    20 kopeks)

  • Lunar Nature
    Lunar Nature 6 months ago

    U should of came to Pittsburgh for this episode

  • Billy Rigby
    Billy Rigby 6 months ago

    There this place in the town I live called Russian hill, well, the Orthodox church has a pierogi sale ever Easter. You want to talk about good eats! WHEW! So good! Pierogi are big in Western PA where I am from, I remember moving to Alaska for a couple years and amazing my roommates and co-workers with the deliciousness of them! :) They really are a regional specialty so it's cool to see restaurants in NYC making them by hand like that. Very cool!

  • Jared Berman
    Jared Berman 6 months ago

    Veselka is heaven on earth

  • Wiktoria xzx
    Wiktoria xzx 6 months ago

    stop with that PIEROGIS shit, PIEROGI is already a plural form

  • Limpopok Radiant
    Limpopok Radiant 6 months ago

    Хохлы украли вареники