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A Leak of Serbian Flavor at GDUFS

-- – A chance to taste Serbia by yourself.

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Written by: Natalie TANG
Photo by:Yoga ZHONG
Edited by:James Campion,WANG Mengyu |  Date:2018/04/11160 Hits

On April 3rd, a group of undergraduates majoring in Serbian language, which is a newly-launched major at GDUFS, carried a healthy dose of ingredients bought nearby and headed towards their Serbian teacher Nemanja’s apartment, for the purpose of learning not Serbian language – but Serbian cuisine. For what reason? The Europa Food Festival held by the Faculty of European Languages and Cultures is around the corner.

 

Serbian cuisine taught through laughter

 

Totally there will be four Serbian specialties on their menu in the Europa Food Festival on April 12th: ćevapčići, a representative kind of serbian sausage; krompir salata, balkan potato salad; žuti kolač s višnjama, yellow cake inside which are embeded cherries, and serbian moussaka. Given the limited time and the lack of an oven at Nemanja’ place, only the former two dishes were made on that day. The other two will be practiced at Marija, another Serbian teacher’s, home two days before the food festival.

 

Krompir Salata, the salad

 

From easy to hard, the potato salad was first. It’s a common dish on Balkan local residents’ table. Boiled potatoes without the peel mixed with chopped basil; lemon juice, and some other ingredients. Completed was the potato salad when it cooled down in the fridge. It’s said that it tastes a bit sour, which stimulates your appetite, and onions along with vinegar cause you slight piquancy.

 

As a traditional dish in Serbia, Ćevapčići – the juggernaut on the menu – it quite eats up time to make one. Not only must you mix up the fresh beef and pork that have been cut up, but the meat must be massaged with other ingredients like salt and oil before you rub your hands with the meat in between to shape it into strips. According to Nemanja, ćevapčići goes fairly well with lettuce salad, which is a usual match for the Serbs. Also, the group of students tended to think out of the box that customers can customize the shape of ćevapčići as they want, for they will prepare the meat in advance and shape it at their stall.

 

Ćevapčići, the sausage

 

As the saying goes: man who travels far knows more than who reads a lot. Other people’s pale words can never surpass your own experience. On April 12th 2:30 pm, come and find the stall of Serbian cuisine at the atrium of the 2nd Teaching Building –not only for a taste of Serbian flavor, but also Serbian culture.