When I was just a boy I loved to eat fast-food, burgers and hot-dogs, thinking that is the best food ever. When I grew up and tried a little bit more kinds of food, I find out there is just one and only, local cuisine. I represent you a queen of all, Bosnian international kitchen.
Vlasenica is a small city in Eastern Bosnia, on the main road from Belgrade (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia) and from Banja Luka ( Bosnia) to Sarajevo. For centuries many caravans was traveling through Vlasenica and leaving their tracks on this small city and culture.
Today in local kitchen we have mix of Turkish (Osman empire) kitchen, Austria (Austro Hungary Empire) and many of Balkans cuisines.
If you decide to visit Vlasenica in summer time you could find specialties of the meat of wild animals such as deer, rabbits, foxes, pheasants which are inevitable for taste.
As a small city Vlasenica restaurants are all in one street called Svetosavska and you can’t miss to visit them all. There are two-three traditional restaurants on periphery and that’s it.
Kačamak derived from Turkish word kaçamak meaning escapade) is a kind of maize porridge made in the Balkan countries and Turkey. It is also known as bakrdan in the Macedonia.
The dish is made of cornmeal. Potatoes, white cheese or kaymak are sometimes added. Similar to the Italian polenta and Romanian mămăligă, it is prepared by boiling cornmeal, and then mashing it while the pot is still on the fire. It was once regarded as a poor man’s food, but now is widely eaten, including in restaurants.
Best place to try it in Vlasenica is restaurant “Ružina Voda” where they serve it with cows white cheese and milk. Price of big portion is from 1,5 to 3 euros.
They can be served as a sweets with jam and marmalade or just powder sugar over it. They can also have other ingredients in them which most commonly are apple, pumpkin, but and even meat and cheese inside are possibilities.
Big portion of Uštipci can cost you around 7 euros with 20 pieces and lots of kajmak, cheese and meat. Best place to try it in Vlasenica is small restaurant “Ravna Romanija” and they are delicious.
Podvarak is local dish in Vlasenica, popular in Serbia and East Bosnia. It’s made from cabbage usually sauerkraut but my mum made it often with fresh cabbage, onions and meat (pork ribs) all these mixed and baked in an oven.
Podvarak goes great with homemade cornbread. Some people put podvarak and rice, it serves to collect the excess fluid, It usually cooked in a clay pot in the oven, and the Podvarak in this way spends a lot of water. This dish can work well with poultry, in particular goes well with turkey meat.
Best place to eat Podvarak in Vlasenica is restaurant “Lovac” where you can try it with boar ribs instead pork and served with glass of yogurt/sour cows milk.
Price for two persons is around 8 euros.
Sarma is a local dish in Bosnia, which comes from the time of the Ottoman Empire and is cooked in almost every home in Bosnia. Sarma is a dish made of minced meat, rice and spices mixed with one and curled in cabbage leaves. Then cook in a deep stone pot sealed with lot of water and covered with rows of pork or lamb ribs.
In Bosnia, is served and wrapped in vine leaves, and so prepared is called Japrak.
It is served hot and sometimes overflow with cold cream.
Best place to try sarma in Vlasenica is restaurant “Kod Djuke” and while waiting you can have some rakija (Bosnian plum brandy) and listen local country music.
Price for one person is 2-4 euros and you’ll definitely order extra one.
Ruske kape or in English – Russian caps are small cake dessert made in Balkan, especially in Bosnia. It is usually made in small dumplings rolled in coconut flour and the melted chocolate on top. They are served chilled on a metal plate and mostly middle tastes like vanilla that is poured into the mixture.
Some people eat a fork or in most cases, eating with their hands as a small dessert cups.
Whit this cake people usually drink some of the local fruit juices, the cherry and quince are a common option.
The price of one cap is 50 euro cents and the best place to try it cake-house “Ilidzanka”.
Visit Vlasenica and enjoy our local delicacies!