On Odessa’s main street, a restaurant boldly advertises its menu to pedestrians. A big sign lists the “most famous Odessa dishes” – forshmak from herring; tzimmes from beans, and tulechka, or sprat, “cooked the Jewish way” with onions.
Forshmak and tzimmes are not Russian or Ukrainian words – they are the names of the local Jewish dishes. Forshmak is a spread made from herring and sour apple, and tzimmes, depending on who you ask, is either a sweet side dish made from carrots or a bean dish.
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