EN4HOSTS - Characteristics of Romanian Cuisine


Traditional customs in Romania are closely related to culinary habits. Romanian cuisine is an integral part of the customs  that have been preserved throughout history: culinary customs related to the celebration of the Lord's Resurrection, the celebration of the birthday, birth, baptism, marriage, culinary traditions during the fasting periods and those related to the events of life. Christmas and New Year's Eve are celebrations that feature the organization of rich meals, with a large number of dishes associated with proper alcoholic beverages.

In this webquest we will learn about:

  • The evolution of Romanian cuisine throughout history;
  • Menus specific to different occasions: Christmas, Easter;
  • The cuisine from Moldova, Muntenia, Oltenia, Dobrogea;
  • Characteristics of the cuisine, specific preparations, technological cards for the production of traditional dishes, nutritional value, ways of presentation and serving.

Your task for this webquest is to find out exactly what traditional dishes are made for Christmas and Easter in Romania, the traditional gastronomic areas in Romania, which specific dishes are found in each kitchen, how do they get at what times of the year or of the day is served and what nutritional value they have.

You and your group (four students total) will become experts on the characterization of Romanian cuisine, able to identify culinary preparations for different holidays in the year and for each region of Romania.

Finally, you will create a portfolio that will include the completed workbooks, a processing technology sheet for each dish in each region: Moldova, Muntenia, Oltenia, Dobrogea.


Follow the steps below for the first process in your project.

1.In groups of four, you will work together to learn about The evolution of Romanian cuisine throughout history by using the link and filling out the worksheet below. 

A short incursion into the history of Romanian cuisine


The history of Romanian cuisine (Worksheet): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LBK-yYZX8Vbb3XpyUbSofTWocX5A6296O8Ems3L1qo4/edit?usp=sharing


2. Each group will continue to search for the typology of Romanian menus specific to the different occasions: Christmas, Easter, accessing the links and completing the worksheet.

Romanian Christmas food:


Romanian Easter food:


Traditional Romanian Christmas and Easter dishes (Worksheet): 



3Each group will continue to search for information about Moldovan, Muntenia, Oltenia, Dobrogea cuisine by accessing the links and completing the worksheet.

Traditional dishes from Moldova:


Traditional dishes from Muntenia:


Traditional dishes from Oltenia:


Traditional dishes from Dobrogea:




4. Once you have all completed your assigned part, you will complete the worksheet.

Worksheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KWDoEWbPRpmf45-_V4dYB2zLkNy8k54vBqFJowvhbuY/edit?usp=sharing


Now that you have completed all the components of process one, proceed to process two!

Great work! You are now at the last part of your project!!

You will create a portfolio in which you will include the completed worksheets and a technological sheet for each culinary dish in each region: Moldova, Muntenia, Oltenia, Dobrogea.




Quality indicators






Portfolio design






The accuracy of the information submitted






The correctness of the combination of culinary preparations with geographical regions






Variety of dishes presented






Elaboration of all required materials







Don’t forget!


The traditional Romanian cuisine includes a wealth of tastes and gastronomic customs specific to the Romanian people. It is diverse, it contains countless culinary habits and traditions, specific dishes, along with habits from the intersection of gastronomic culture with traditions of other peoples, with which the Romanian people have come into contact with history. The Romanian cuisine includes both daily dishes and special holiday meals.


By intersecting the cultures, the Romanian cuisine was influenced by the Balkan cuisine, German, Serbian, Italian, Turkish, and Hungarian, but not only.


This webquest was created by Ms. Florentina Elena Sfichi from Colegiul Economic Dimitrie Cantemir Suceava, within the co-funded Erasmus plus KA2  partnership “English for hospitality” (EN4HOSTS), project number: 2017-1-RO01-KA201-037159, KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices ,KA201 - Strategic Partnerships for school education


The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.