(EM)POWER VET - Romanian cuisine


Romanian cuisine is a diverse blend of different dishes from several traditions with which it has come into contact, but it also maintains its own character. It has been mainly influenced by a series of European cuisines such as the Austrian cuisine, German cuisine, Greek cuisine, or Hungarian cuisine, yet it also includes culinary elements stemming from the cuisines of the Slavic-speaking countries of Eastern and Central Europe, most notably Serbian and Bulgarian as well as Polish, Ukrainian, and Russian.


Your task for this webquest is to find out exactly what the staple Romanian dishes are, their characteristics and cooking techniques.

You and your group (three students) will become "experts" on the characterization of Romanian cuisine, capable of identifying Romanian culinary preparations and the technology of obtaining them.


Step 1: Romanian staple dishes

Look at the presentation below and then decide if the following statements are true or false:


1. Romanian traditional cuisine includes many seafood dishes.

2. Ardei umpluti (stuffed peppers) is a Romanian dish with Turkish origins.

3. Traditionally, Romanians serve soup as a starter for lunch.

4. Sarmale can also be made with mushrooms instead of meat.

5. Lamb is a traditional dish prepared for Christmas.

6. One of the most well known Romanian street foods is called mici.

7. The main ingredient of polenta is wheat flour.

8. Papanasi is a soup prepared with chicken and vegetables.


Step 2: Romanian soups

Read the information presented by Taste Atlas on their website, about the most popular Romanian soups: https://www.tasteatlas.com/most-popular-soups-in-romania

Then, fill in the worksheet:

Worksheet for the Portuguese team: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YEOnYJoRweEcN6erkwDN9hgBHG2xMAbV-kJBU6xu1VU/edit?usp=sharing

Worksheet for the Turkish team: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ggDaq6N_UiecZCJHp_FAaXIJODrrGqjoef95VdQhBCE/edit?usp=sharing


Step 3: Romanian main courses

Romanian main dishes are mostly based on meat, but vegetarians have their share of yummy courses as well, especially in the summertime. Pork is the main meat used in Romanian cuisine, but also beef is consumed and a good lamb or fish dish is never to be refused.

Stuffed peppers are enjoyed all over the world, they are prepared in many ways with different ingredients. The tasteful Romanian stuffed peppers in tomato sauce (ardei umpluti) are absolutely delish, a staple recipe in Romanian homes, a summer recipe loved by everyone. 

Watch the video with the recipe, then answer the following questions:

Worksheet for the Portuguese team: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kwHVZwlw_T9kTbBhEhRhApwT2_EeRUwMonXGvCkHaos/edit?usp=sharing

Worksheet for the Turkish team: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d3LuRz82tMrPEyrcOIceeEEPPNfO0qgxrcc9pW0pnPM/edit?usp=sharing


Step 4: Romanian desserts

Traditional Romanian desserts are masterpieces of flaky crusts, sweet cheeses, and delicate flavours.

Read the information from the website below  (https://www.farawayworlds.com/food/traditional-romanian-desserts), then fill in the worksheet.

You will need to add either a photo, the name of the dish, or the main ingredients:

Worksheet for the Portuguese team: https://docs.google.com/document/d/178fBd4mM5y9wpFcyLV35VPkfSBSD_xoZSLocRqwxsGA/edit?usp=sharing

Worksheet for the Turkish team: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gn3XOdwCeuYgy392cFcdIFhzzCtX_8nj_kmhEc9Cbv0/edit?usp=sharing


Great work! You have completed the webquest!





Quality indicators






Team collaboration






The accuracy of the information submitted






The correct choice of pictures for the dishes






Variety of arguments and examples presented for the open questions






Elaboration of all required materials (worksheets)







Don’t forget!

The traditional Romanian cuisine is renowned for its diverse and delicious dishes. In the Romanian cuisine we can find sărmăluţe, mititei, sour soups, the famous tripe soup, stuffed peppers, the various recipes with fish, and the pies. These recipes are for many Romanians a reason for national pride because they consider them authentic and an expression of their culture.


This webquest was created within the Erasmus plus KA210 partnership“(EM)POWER VET” ,  project number: 2021-1-PT01-KA210-VET-000032901.


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